More on how SF's main purpose isn't to predict the coming of specific things, but to understand how we might respond to them, whatever they are.
Last couple of months I've touched on the idea that SF's main purpose isn't to predict the coming of specific things, but to understand how we might respond to them whatever they are.
One of the books I read over the last month or so that reinforced my feelings on this issue was Karl Popper's The Poverty Of Historicism, a prelude of sorts to The Open Society And Its Enemies. Historicism was a compressed version of the same argument: making prophetic claims about the course of human history, especially by way of claims to inevitability or destiny, is bad science and bad history. We don't know exactly what's going to happen, and even if we did, we don't know what kind of people we'll be when we run up against it.
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