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WFS AZ November 2016 Meeting: Dr. Tom Lombardo on Future Consciousness

Join the Arizona chapter of the World Future Society on Monday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library for an engaging presentation on Future Consciousness. Our own Tom Lombardo will be previewing his forthcoming book,Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution. RSVP here.

Topic: Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution

Presenter: Tom Lombardo

How does our unique human nature fit into the big scheme of things? How do our conscious minds reflect and amplify nature’s evolutionary process? Tom’s new book reveals how we can flourish in the flow of evolution and create a good future for ourselves, human society, and the planet.

The key is future consciousness. Future consciousness involves the normal human abilities to feel and desire, learn and anticipate, imagine, think, and plan, and purposefully act toward the creation of the future. Our most distinctive and empowering human capacity, in fact, is to facilitate purposeful evolution through future consciousness. Through future consciousness we have realized an “evolution in evolution,” bringing evolution under informed, thoughtful, and purposeful control. We are self-evolutionary beings with an “eye on the future.” Human civilization, as well as our personal conscious selves, are creations of future consciousness. But we can all greatly enhance our capacity for purposeful evolution through the further development of our future consciousness. Within his new book Tom explains how to heighten and strengthen our future consciousness along all the dimensions of human psychology, including self-control, emotion, motivation, action, learning and memory, thinking and imagination, creativity, and personal identity. Through the heightening of future consciousness we are able to best answer and address the central question of human life: What is the good future and how do we create it?

In a time rampant with relativism and egocentricity; nihilism and pessimism; materialism and consumerism; polarization and tribalism; irresponsibility and victimization; superficiality and bread and circuses; and presentism and a hostile fear of change, Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution envisions a progressive future, based on a scientifically grounded philosophy of self-empowerment, psychological growth, and ongoing human evolution within an evolutionary cosmos.

Advance praise for Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution:

“Lombardo has written a masterpiece, a must-read book…for futurists, psychologists, social scientists, scholars, and academics of every type… one of the most creative I have read.”  Wendell Bell, Emeritus Professor Yale University 

“Tom Lombardo’s worldview is like a multiverse: vast, in depth, multidimensional. Each new book from this world renowned futurist is a new stellar light enlightening the understanding of what it means to be human…” — Fabienne Goux-Baudiment, Former President of the World Futures Studies Federation 

“It would be hard to imagine a book that covers such a vast landscape with the clarity and coherence found in [this book]… [containing] a philosophy of reality and of life that is truly breathtaking.”  Dr. Peter Bishop, Retired Professor, Studies of the Future, Univ. Houston

“…an extraordinary accomplishment and deserves the laurels that it will undoubtedly receive.” — Tim Mack | Former President of the World Future Society

“A passionate and important book that challenges you to take your everyday thinking and zoom way out… on a whole new epic scale…a deeply wise book for a wise future.”  Charles Cassidy, Director, Evidence-Based Wisdom

About Tom Lombardo:

Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College. 

He has published seven books and over fifty articles, and given numerous national and international presentations, on various futurist, psychological, educational, and philosophical topics. His book Contemporary Futurist Thought has been described as a “masterpiece;” his The Evolution of Future Consciousness a “heroic synthesis;” and Mind Flight “a truly remarkable book.” 

He has been a professional member of the World Future Society, the World Futures Studies Federation, and the Association of Professional Futurists and an editorial board member of the Journal of Futures Studies and the World Future Review. Aside from his soon to be published Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution, he is also completing the first volume of a trilogy Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future.

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Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction

Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction is a newly released digital book of speculative fiction that, as the title suggests, explores some of the near-future impacts of climate change. To quote the Foreward by Kim Stanley Robinson, “This book collects a number of new and exciting stories about things that will be happening soon, as people try to adapt to a changing climate and its impacts on our biosphere.”

The title Everything Change is drawn from a quote by Margaret Atwood.

Here is the Table of Contents of the collection:

  • Kim Stanley Robinson, Foreword
  • Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez, and Joey Eschrich, Editors’ Introduction
  • Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson, “Sunshine State”
  • Kelly Cowley, “Shrinking Sinking Land”
  • Matthew S. Henry, “Victor and the Fish”
  • Ashley Bevilacqua Anglin, “Acqua Alta”
  • Daniel Thron, “The Grandchild Paradox”
  • Kathryn Blume, “Wonder of the World”
  • Stirling Davenport, “Masks”
  • Diana Rose Harper, “Thirteenth Year”
  • Henrietta Hartl, “LOSD and Fount”
  • Shauna O’Meara, “On Darwin Tides”
  • Lindsay Redifer, “Standing Still”
  • Yakos Spiliotopoulos, “Into the Storm”
  • Ed Finn, “Praying for Rain: An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi”

This fabulous collection of work is a product of the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University and is available as a free download in multiple formats here.

More great futures work from ASU!