Journal of Futures Studies

Psychology, Consciousness and the Future

Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Participatory and Network Foresight, Peace Futures, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Social and Community Development Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

by Tessa Finlev ABSTRACT Why is it so hard to break out of cycles of violence? This paper focuses on the challenges associated with breaking out of cycles of violence and why futures thinking may provide a potential solution. Research suggests that people living in violence lack the ability to think about a peaceful future, or […]

Towards Planetary Consciousness?

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Towards Planetary Consciousness?

by Vuokko Jarva Introduction The idea of global crisis as a temporal telescoping of unfavorable events has come into favor at least since the 1973 oil crisis. Fritjof Capra (1982) diagnosed the multidimensional character of the crisis as a Turning point. In Halal’s and Marien’s analysis the crisis also is multidimensional, caused by influences from the […]

Response to the Marien-Halal Debate

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Response to the Marien-Halal Debate

by Jim Dator Introduction Concerning the debate between Michael Marien and Bill Halal, I am absolutely convinced that the future will be very good, if we assess it honestly and prepare for it fully. Of course, no responsible futurist should believe that she can “predict” the future. I certainly do not believe I can. I […]

An Invigorating Dialogue on Consciousness

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on An Invigorating Dialogue on Consciousness

by Vuokko Jarva Introduction There was an energetic dialogue on consciousness on the World Futures Studies Federation list from November 2010 until January 2011. More than thirty members participated, and the amount (number) of messages was close to 250. Many useful references were shared. I volunteered to compile a dialogue article, which is still in progress. […]

Situating “Microvita” within the Panoply of Disciplinary Jargon

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Holisms and Integrative Theories, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Situating “Microvita” within the Panoply of Disciplinary Jargon

by Timothy Dolan Introduction Perhaps nothing inhibits the development of integrative science more than the multiple disciplinary dialects that inflict a kind of semantic babble upon scholarly discourse. There are several examples starting with the most basic unit of analysis in the social sciences; that being people. If one is an anthropologist they are a culture. […]

Situating "Microvita" within the Panoply of Disciplinary Jargon

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Holisms and Integrative Theories, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Situating "Microvita" within the Panoply of Disciplinary Jargon

by Timothy Dolan Introduction Perhaps nothing inhibits the development of integrative science more than the multiple disciplinary dialects that inflict a kind of semantic babble upon scholarly discourse. There are several examples starting with the most basic unit of analysis in the social sciences; that being people. If one is an anthropologist they are a culture. […]

Consciousness and the Physical World: Ontological Reflections on Michael Towsey’s “The Emergence of Subtle Organism”

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Consciousness and the Physical World: Ontological Reflections on Michael Towsey’s “The Emergence of Subtle Organism”

by Thomas Lombardo Introduction Significantly inspired by the writings of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Michael Towsey, in his article “The Emergence of Subtle Organism,” presents a comprehensive ontology (theory of reality) and epistemology (theory of knowledge) that he applies to science, both in its present form and its potential and preferable future evolution. More specifically, he critiques […]

Consciousness and the Physical World: Ontological Reflections on Michael Towsey's "The Emergence of Subtle Organism"

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Consciousness and the Physical World: Ontological Reflections on Michael Towsey's "The Emergence of Subtle Organism"

by Thomas Lombardo Introduction Significantly inspired by the writings of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Michael Towsey, in his article “The Emergence of Subtle Organism,” presents a comprehensive ontology (theory of reality) and epistemology (theory of knowledge) that he applies to science, both in its present form and its potential and preferable future evolution. More specifically, he critiques […]

The Rise and Fall of Growth: The Inappropriateness of Continuous Unchecked Growth

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Leadership and Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on The Rise and Fall of Growth: The Inappropriateness of Continuous Unchecked Growth

by Robert Burke ABSTRACT This paper explores education and advertising and its effect on how our worldview has been formed about the importance of growth regardless if the growth is appropriate or inappropriate. The paper suggests that unchecked inappropriate growth is a result of a ‘global anxiety disorder’ that sees growth as the measurement of human […]

Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future

September 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Evolutionary and Complexity Perspectives, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future | Comments Off on Creativity, Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future

by Thomas Lombardo ABSTRACT In this paper I develop an integrative theoretical framework for understanding creativity, synthesizing themes and principles derived from mythology and philosophy, the physical and biological sciences, psychology, social and economic history, technology, and art and the study of beauty. I demonstrate how the creative process is integral to natural and human evolution […]


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