The Sock Diary

Musings of a part-time Sweaty Sock.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Psycho-history?

If you've read any of the books of Asimov's Foundation "trilogy" (there's about 7 or 8 of them, and connections back to a load of his other stories too), Philip Ball's Aventis Prize winner looks like science starting to catch-up to sci-fi again. It's a start anyway.

In Critical Mass, Mr Ball argues that the application of the laws of modern physics to the study of human nature can enrich our understanding of how people behave.


Psychohistory is the gross prediction of events based on statistical analysis (para-phrasing) as created by Hari Seldon towards the end of a human galactic empire that has lasted 12,000 years.

I had a quick look around and there is a website of The Institute for Psychohistory which has nothing to do with the Asimov stories, and seems to be a "real" science.

I enjoyed this article called "Was Hari Seldon pulling our leg?"

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