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“What if?”: The joy of hypotheticals
Today The Economist launches the 2017 edition of The World If, our annual collection of scenarios. Some of last year’s predictions proved to be uncannily close to what actually transpired, so readers may be tempted to search our latest batch for future surprises. Yet the point of asking “what if” questions is not to make predictions. It is to stretch thinking. Some of our speculation is deadly serious, but escaping reality can also be fun.
Note, The Economist [signs as]:
Published since September 1843 to take part in “a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.”
PS. Today Monday I find Dunedin is warmer than brittle Jafas in bad spirits, who left their manners other side of Cook Strait.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
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