The activity of predicting the state of the world at some future time, by extrapolating from present trends. Mainly a pseudo-science, given the complexities of social, political, economic, technological, and natural factors. See chaos.

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  • futurology — [[t]fju͟ːtʃərɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Futurology is the activity of trying to predict what is going to happen, on the basis of facts about what is happening now. The way a good investor does really well is by engaging in successful futurology. Syn:… …   English dictionary

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