Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Fortune Teller Saw It Coming

Unlike Norwegian MPSaera Khan, an MP for the ruling Labour Party who didn't!

As social animals we are predisposed to have an interest in trying to determine the likely future actions of others. Will they co-operate with us? or will they harm us in some way? The uncertainty of the future for some people is too much to bare and so they resort to all sorts of metaphysical ways of getting knowledge before it empirically arrives.

I wonder if there is such a thing as 'Future Addiction' where people become so obsessed with the 'not happened yet' that they will do anything to find out. The irony is that in an attempt to control the future IT actually controls you!!

3 comments:

  1. It's quite a sad story - a successful woman wasting all that time and money. I don't think she was trying to determine the future. I think it was more that she became dependent on the support of an instantly available authoritative and supportive voice.

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  2. I reckon you're right Daisy. Reliance on the metaphysical when the physical world is tough. Seems like Beck and Cowan's 'Purple Meme' at work. Love the avatar image btw!

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