Thinking about the Future

By Andy Inch

This piece was first produced for a seminar held at ICS in July, 2017. A fully referenced version was published as part of a ‘position paper’ on the website of the INTREPID Cost-Action here.

 At this rate, we’ll never get to the future.

(Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters, 40)

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in getting to the future.

The existential threat posed by ecological crises and the logical impossibility of indefinite growth on a finite planet has, for example, generated a profound sense of urgency. As Bruno Latour has argued, time is running out to take action. However, its normal flow also seems to have been reversed. Innumerable threats now seem to stream back towards the present from a damaged future that we are responsible for creating yet seem incapable of avoiding.  Continuar a ler