Seeing the Future: Ideas from Philosophy, Linguistics, and Sociology

  • Fred Phillips
Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)


The chapter highlights what the humanities and social sciences have to say about our perception of the future. It introduces ideas of meaning, epistemology, phenomenology, determinism, myth, and even Zen. It delves into the question of whether technology or culture is changing more quickly and shows, via the “Circle of Innovation,” how cultural change and technological change feed each other. The chapter’s closing deals with “discounting,” and whether we can think globally while acting locally.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Phillips
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  1. 1.Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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