If we are active on social media, or even if we are not, it is quite likely that we are in a “filter bubble” as we start the new year of 2019. “Filter bubble” is a recent expression coined by Internet activist and author Eli Pariser, referring to a kind of intellectual isolation. It is… Read More Are you in a “filter bubble” starting 2019?
We need to be gathering resources that describe an alternate future. A future of hope different than what we know today. This past week carried more news of fires and hurricanes, sordid political tales from various countries, heinous murders and untimely deaths. And yes, there was good news too! But whatever our week was like,… Read More Mahatma Gandhi and Prophet Jeremiah on an Alternate Future
It’s written in fairly small print at the bottom of most side mirrors in cars. A curious phrase really. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. This is meant, presumably, to have you not rely on what you see in your mirror of the approaching car, but instead realize that it is actually much closer. But who… Read More Objects in Future are Closer than They Appear
Will the next man (or woman) that walks on the moon be from China? A month ago, China’s space authority announced at a conference in Harbin plans to build a manned scientific research outpost on the moon. In a video released from the conference, it said “We believe that the Chinese nation’s dream of residing… Read More Will the next Man (or Woman) on the Moon be from China?
The phrase ‘America First‘ sends a chill down my spine. Used by the presumptive Republican nominee for President in the United States, at least on some occasions, it is not where the world is going in the future. Nor, at least before 1945 and arguably 1918, was it the world in the past. It evokes… Read More ‘America First’? Not if India and China Have A Say In It
Some years ago in Delhi, India, I listened to a Muslim friend describing how he had only seen his wife-to-be through a veil before the wedding night. He had also shared only a few words with her. In a minority culture of Northwest China as pictured in the scene above, the bridegroom uses a stick… Read More Do You Have a Flawed View of History?
I have this quirky desire (need?) to think outside the immediate context I’m in. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve posted a three-part series on Timothy I of Baghdad in the Ninth Century and what we can learn from him. That has involved looking also at the issue of political power and what is… Read More The Next Five Hundred Years
From time to time I will write a blog post devoted to the future. After all, this blog includes a span of time stretching out to 2520! I purposely put it 500 years into the future to convey a sense of curiosity beyond just wondering what societal trends will be in the near tomorrow. We… Read More Predicting the Future by Inventing it
This week I’ve been in Pailin, Cambodia. This small city near the Thailand border was the stronghold of the Khmer Rouge for many years after their ouster from power in 1979. From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia (re-naming it Kampuchea) with a reign of terror, with over 2 million people dying in… Read More From ‘Year Zero’ to Hope in the Future
Two events gripped my attention this last week. First the news on Wednesday that according to the United Nations population division in its 2015 report, India will match and pass China in overall population six years earlier than previously thought. Instead of it happening in 2028, it will more likely be in 2022. At that… Read More Will India be a Model of Unity in Diversity in the 21st Century?