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Powerful Times: Rising to the Challenge of Our Uncertain World by Eamonn Kelly

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Section 1. What's Happening?: Predicting the Present

The opposite of a false statement is a correct statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

We cannot anticipate the future without first reflecting upon and deepening our understanding of the current dynamics that will shape things to come. This is particularly true during turbulent times, when our past experiences may be a poor guide and our embedded assumptions may be outmoded and irrelevant. I think it was Marshall McLuhan who observed that if we drove our cars the way we live our lives there would be wrecks on every street corner. When we navigate through the present with our eyes half-trained on the rearview ...

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