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Episode Info: (New essays , music , coloring book pages, and recorded talks coming soon for my supporters! Sign up on Patreon if you haven't already...) “You cannot change the present system. This thing is dying, it’s structurally unsustainable. And so to try to somehow fix the present system is just a waste of time. Don’t waste your time on the present system. We have to start working on building the new world.” – John Petersen This week we welcome futurist John Petersen of The Arlington Institute into the digital archives, for a challenging and visionary chat about how wrong we’re guaranteed to be about the future – and what we CAN expect about the new paradigm (which is coming sooner than you might suspect)… John Petersen started as an engineer before advising the military and White House, and has spent decades as a high-level consultant for emergent technologies and social trends. What he’s learned is that the future emerges at the edges of the known – that it will be, to paraphrase JBS Haldane, “not stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we CAN imagine.” If you’ve been waiting for a “deep end” episode, this is it. Prepare to have your paradigm interrogated and your limits of acceptable considerations challenged. John’s Links: • The Arlington Institute • Berkeley Springs Transition Talks (Climate Change Presentation is at the bottom) • FuturEdition Newsletter (A superb digest email list, one of my main sources for news stories to share and discuss in the Future Fossils Facebook Group) Topics Discussed: • Why experts are so frequently wrong about the future • Systemic social issues and institutional pressures that prevent us from asking theRead more »

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