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From the Editor-in-Chief
January 7, 2009   
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In ancient Greece, foretelling the future was the Pythia's job. Her forecasts were so intricate that they could be interpreted in almost any way. Everyone could read whatever they wanted into them, so visions of the future developed in accordance with the intentions and needs of the interpreters. This brings us to the rather simple conclusion that it is not the fortuneteller but whoever makes use of the prophecy that is important. It is like the ironic opinion on democracy-how the voting went is not important, only who counted the votes.

Not all that much has changed over the millennia. The tools are better, the measurements more accurate, but the power over predictions still rests with the interpreters. Suspicions have even been raised that some horoscopes are written to order.

The fashion for futurology and futurologists is smaller today than it was just recently. Some radicals even say that it is impossible to predict anything. If that is true, then any planning is just a waste of time.

We need to find a way to deal with this situation somehow. We should not believe blindly in prophecies, but we should also refrain from falling into obsessive doubt. We should not count on miracles, but we should make sure we do not hide away in fear of imminent disaster. We should travel down the middle of the road, while being careful not to let a black cat cross our path.
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