Five Principles of Foreknowledge


Five PrinciplesForeknowledge is structured information about the future based on analysis of the underlying shaping forces and causal factors which are most likely to influence events, conditions, decisions and outcomes. The five principles of foreknowledge may be employed in analysis of the future in the following ways:

1. The future is real in continuous evolving space-time.
The continuity of time, past, present and future, is a well-established philosophical principle. It precludes the possibility of there being any disconnect between past and future. To argue that the future is unreal just because it hasn’t arrived yet is to fail to understand the stability of time since it began at the Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago. The reality of the coming future inspires us to study it so we can be better prepared.

2. The universe possesses a deep structure of lawfulness allowing scientific modelling and prediction.
The laws and formulae of nature, from universal gravity to the speed of light, from the laws of motion to Einstein’s e=mc2, reflect a mathematical order underlying the physical world which enables science to make predictions about future behaviour. There is scope for modelling in the social sciences, too, including human behaviour which is embedded in the physical and social order.

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