Scenarios of the future: Two histories of the 21st century
Bleecker, J. (2009, March). Design Fiction. A short essay on design, science, fact and fiction. (pdf version)
Hon, Adrian. (2013). A History of the Future in 100 Objects (Available at www.ahistoryofthefuture.org.)Oreskes, Naomi and Conway, Erik M. (2014). The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
Two rather different books, but each with a common approach, and quite often, with similar, overlapping scenarios. Both books pretend to b writing a history of the 21st century, looking backwards about the events in the late 1900s and the first decade of the 2000s that established the preconditions for the ensuing events, designs, and technologies.
"some scholars have pointed to the epistemic structure of Western science, particularly in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which was organized both intellectually and institutionally around "disciplines" in which specialists developed a high level of expertise in a small area of inquiry. This "reductionist" approach, sometimes credited to the seventeenth-century French philosophe René Descartes but not fully developed until the late nineteenth century, was believed to give intellectual power and vigor to investigations by focusing on singular elements of complex problems. "Tractability" was a guiding ideal of the time: problems that were too large or complex to be solved in their totality were divided into smaller, more manageable elements. While reductionism proved powerful in many domains, particularly quantum physics and medical diagnostics, it impeded investigations of complex systems. Reductionism also made it difficult for scientists to articulate the threat posed by climatic change, since many experts did not actually know very much about aspects of the problem beyond their expertise."
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