A new book from the author of Future Frequencies
Future Flow is about creating a path towards our anticipation for a positive future. The book deals with creating the future we want and expect in a world where our media and frequently even our realities enslave our minds with visions of impending doom.
Economic meltdown, resource scarcity, war, climate instability, terrorism and insecurity, population growth, pandemics, civil rights violations, food and water shortages, natural disasters, ethical issues, immigration, globalization, education and health provision shortcomings, not to mention our concerns about emerging technologies, subjects such as transhumanism, life extension and the singularity are all fears that a majority of the US population believe they will face and contribute to a future significantly worse for their children and grandchildren.
Future Flow looks at how through positive cognition, built out of awareness, interpretation, a change in assumptions, emotional conditioning, integration and mindset, as well as a better understanding of external events and likely peer response, we are able to shift our anticipation from negative to positive. It demonstrates how this is achieved, the case if we are exposed to continuous experiences that help persuade us of the multi-level developments that are in the pipeline or possible that will minimize the negative impact of such future challenges and potential disruptors and wildcards. Derek has selected examples, mainly from progressive culture, to illustrate the types of positive persuasion techniques that could achieve this goal.
Future Flow describes a number of ways to take back control of our own future in order to better cope with unfamiliar and unexpected elements of change. It looks at aspects such changing identities, persona, archetypes and shift through chaos and paradoxes towards reconciliation with the transformative influences that determine how we relate to future experiences and failed fantasies. It attempts to answer the question of “who will I become?” in a way that will reframe the changing contexts we are likely to face and allow us to face the future with genuine confidence.
This book contains six chapters or “flows” that the author sees as critical to the process of shifting our future anticipation towards the positive. These are: “No Back to the Future”; “Coping with Change”, “The Meaningful Experience”; “The Body Politic”; “The Reality of the Virtual” and “What a Wonderful World it could be!”
Future Flow delivers an original vision of how we as a society can shift from a general malaise or even negative view of the longer-term future to a positive one. The book looks at some of the reasons for our fears and the ways in which we are persuaded and to a certain degree even programmed to anticipate and accept projected doomsday scenarios. It develops a model that demonstrates how vastly improved cognition of many of the emerging solutions to tomorrow’s challenges can be delivered through highly innovative techniques, such as immersion, simulation, imaging, representation, sensory augmentation, modeling and affective and cognitive interfaces, in order to demonstrate meaningful experiences, ease of transformation, ability to deal with non-linear and non-causal relations, finding solutions in new formats in an attempt to relieve anxiety andstress about the future and the unknown through knowledge and awareness, integration and engagement . All key ingredients for a happy society of energetic, motivated, future-positive humans.
The author uses examples from progressive culture to illustrate the positive persuasion techniques.
Future Flow will appeal to anyone interested in how to create a positive anticipation and experience of the future.
Quotes from Future Flow
“Identify the possibilities and then from those create rather than project the future. That way we get the future we want, not the future we fear.”
“When robots finally acquire “common sense” – the capacity to understand and reason about the world as intimately as people do, then we will better understand how nonsensical we behave when it comes to creating a sustainable future.“
“We will soon have physical, three-dimensional replicas of people or objects, so lifelike that human senses would accept them as real. “
I was inspired by the line in David Flincher’s Fight Club: “That was a near life experience”. Somehow, it made me realize that to optimize my future existence, I need to redesign my sense of purpose.”
“The paradox is that the most extreme, projected and hostile territories of our imagination about the future are assaulting us, at the simple, everyday level of thought and behavior. They are capturing rather than captivating.”
“The media’s incessant desire to portray the future through Armageddon scenarios, feels like a crown of thorns that punctures my natural enthusiasm for progress.”
“I am beginning to see my future as a bio-cybernetic narrative that explores aspects of my creativity and artistry through a redesigned cognitive lens that expands my vision towards future possibilities that will define my purpose as a living entitiy.”
“I can feel a redefined sense of human nature, echoing through our new social communities with their paradoxical juxtapositions of friendships, interactions and relational behaviors created and nurtured out of immediacy.”