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Codebreaking Our Future by Michael Lee

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The rise of scientific foresight

‘The universe is governed by two kinds of laws, laws of evolution, which determine how the universe develops in time, given its state at one time, and boundary conditions which determine the initial state.’

Stephen Hawking, Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything (Channel 4 and Discovery TV documentary, 2008)

Foresight will be scientific when it is based on laws of nature, the universal law of causation and on an understanding of time’s role as the medium of change.

Hegel set himself the task of raising philosophy ‘to the status of a Science’, believing that truth takes shape within the discipline of science: ‘knowing should be Science’, he said.1 The reason science and philosophy have been converging ...

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