What if you could see a snap shot of your future self, a flashforward? Does this mean it will happen or you make it happen because you envision it? What are the pros and cons? Is there any psychological impact, any benefits?
In the School of Life’s Well Being Agenda Self Help summit, Richard Wiseman discusses the damage and in accuracies of self help. In particular he identifies that the self help advice that suggests you to envision where you want to be in 6 months time actually reduces the likelihood of it happening. Instead of listening to the commercially orientated world of self help, psychologists suggests one should envision the steps needed to achieve where you want to be in the future instead
Via the Oreilly blog, entrepreneur Tara Hunt categorises Quantified Self apps by ‘Utility, Serendipity & Self-expression’ indicating new opportunities for more provocative uses of our personal data. How can these be harnessed to change our potential futures beyond just productivity and health? Could we create apps to really tap into our insecurities & paranoia, perhaps a category of QS apps entitled ‘Neurotica’? A mirror of our public and private selves and fluctuating emotions.
A new initiative is opening up just round the corner on Diversey and Clark in Chicago and looks to be a place for business and life development. The strangest aspect of all is the fact this decision tree like visual only hints as to what this place might be with subtle mentions of sponsorship by State Farm Insurance and the local Noble Tree Cafe company. So an insurance coffeehouse! A blend of a coffee shop, a mentoring headquarters, an artists workshop space and all seems to be in the aid of personal development and decision making about your future.
"Dennett’s stance on free will is compatibilism with an evolutionary twist – the view that, although in the strict physical sense our actions might be pre-determined, we can still be free in all the ways that matter, because of the abilities we evolved. Free will, seen this way, is about freedom to make decisions without duress, as opposed to an impossible and unnecessary freedom from causality itself. To clarify this distinction, he coins the term ‘evitability’ as the opposite of ‘inevitability’, defining it as the **ability of an agent to anticipate likely consequences and act to avoid undesirable ones.**"