Definitions for futurologyˌfyu tʃəˈrɒl ə dʒi
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the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions
Studies projecting or predicting the future based on current trends. -- fu`tur*o*log"i*cal, a. -- fu`tur*ol"o*gist, n.
The scientific forecasting of future trends in science, technology or society
Futures studies is the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. There is a debate as to whether this discipline is an art or science. In general, it can be considered as a branch of the social sciences and parallel to the field of history. History studies the past, futures studies considers the future. Futures studies seeks to understand what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. Unlike the physical sciences where a narrower, more specified system is studied, futures studies concerns a much bigger and more complex world system. The methodology and knowledge are much less proven as compared to natural science or even social science like sociology, economics, and political science.
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