Dividing up Reality

, « Dividing up Reality », Futures, 1996, p. 6-6.
Late in 1995, the author spent some time in South Africa, where from 1974-1978 he had done most of his formal futures work. He took the opportunity to reflect on that period. A central feature of the work in the nineteen-seventies had been the dividing up of reality. Some characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of reductionism are noted, as are some critical assumptions which may underlie futures studies. A reductionist approach may lend to disappointment : what is an appropriate response to ...

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