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Seeking Delphi, Episode #41: After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler, with Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry

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“Future shock is a sickness that comes from too much change in too short a time.”–Alvin Toffler

The newly released volume, After Shock, features 50 of the world’s most renowned futurists reflecting on the 50-year legacy of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, and looking ahead to the next 50 years.  In this episode recorded just a few days after the book’s release, two of the contributing essayists, Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry, discuss with me their views on the legacy of Toffler and Future Shock.   Below are links to the audio podcast as well as to the unedited YouTube video of the original webinar.

The day I read Future Shock, just a couple of years after it came out, was the day that started me on the course to becoming a futurist.  Here’s what I wrote on this blog when Toffler died in July of 2016.

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episode #41,  After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler

 

YouTube vidoe of original, unedited webinar

 

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Cosmic Quote #111

“…future shock is no longer a distantly potential danger, but a real sickness from which increasingly large numbers already suffer.”–Alvin Toffler, in Future Shock 

Alvin Toffler published those words in the Introduction to Future Shock, fifty years ago.  If it was already a widespread malady in 1970, is it anything less than a rampant pandemic now?  If you can’t see the trappings of it all over the world, I have a guide dog I want to sell you.

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Cosmic Quote #110

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”– Bill Vaughan

If you’ve read my thread on quantum weirdness, you know where I stand on this.  I’m in a state of superposition–simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic.  So what does that portend for New Year’s eve?  If you see somebody asleep on his feet at midnight, it’s probably me.  Happy Old/New Year.

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Cosmic Quote #109

“You call it procrastinaion; I call it thinking.”–Aaron Sorkin

It seems there is a theory that procrastinators are more creative.  Aha!  So the fact that I am years behind on the other threads on this blog should be proof positive that I’m incubating more brilliant ideas to dazzle you with.  Right!? Or maybe I’m just lazy…

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Cosmic Quote #108

“It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.”–Phyllis Diller

Hmm.  Thanksgiving is the only day of the year my wife cooks.  I suppose you can say it takes her a year to stuff the turkey.  Wait–we are visiting relatives this year.  The next one will take two years.  Happy stuffing day.

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #38: Science Fiction, Evolutionary Mythology of The Future.

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“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”– Arthur C. Clarke

“I’m leaving my body to science fiction.”–Steven Wright

Science fiction pervades our culture.  Movies, television, books, even stage productions.  It’s rich history, and its significance in shaping our views of the future–or for that matter, inspiring us to invent the future–is the subject of this wide ranging discussion with author Tom Lombardo.   Among the subjects we cover:

  • Science Fiction as a pervasive view of the future; all aspects of human experience, not just technology and science.
  • Parallels between mythology and science fiction
  • Science Fiction as social satire and even humor (think Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, for instance).
  • The danger of Hollywood’s apocalyptic future visions becoming self-fullfilling prophecies
  • Some of the best future predictions from scifi.

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Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future. Click for Amazon link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #38, Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future

 

Center for Future Consciousness (Tom’s web site)

Books by Tom Lombardo

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Cosmic Quote #107

“I’m so ugly, when I open the door for trick-or-treaters, the kids give me candy.”–Rodney Dangerfield

Ah, poor Rodney.  Who else would be born in ready-made Halloween costume?  Enjoy the spookiest day of the year, and don’t let those ghouls get to you.

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Cosmic Quote #106

“Life is wasted on the living.”–Douglas Adams

If anybody is counting, I’m pretty sure Mr. Adams has had more quotes in this series than anybody else.  He should probably have his own series.  Let’s hope this isn’t wasted on the late author:  today is the 40th anniversary of the publishing of The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.  Happy Birthday, Arthur Dent!  I bet you can’t wait until he turns 42.

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Cosmic Quote #105

“I’m a peripheral visionary.  I can see the future but only way off to the side.”–Steven Wright

Oh, my. What does Friday taste like?  Where are those “future of food” people when you need them?    (I might add that any professional futurist knows that you have to look way off to the side, as well as straight ahead, to get any idea of what the future might really hold).

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Cosmic Quote #104

“The challenge is that the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. And crazy ideas are very risky to attempt”–Peter Diamandis”

I had the great pleasure of meeting the illustrious Dr. Diamandis at the X Prize foundation a couple of weeks ago.  Too bad he isn’t a super villain, “The diabolical Dr. Diamandis” has a great aliterative ring to it.

Shameless self promotion department–here is the link to my Seeking Delphi™ podcast with interviews recorded at the X Prize Foundation Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap,  April 29-30, 2019.

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