38 min

Episode 2: Foresight and Future-Tanks Pythian School of Futures

    • Society & Culture

This episode delves into the history of the future from an anthropological point of view, to scrutinize our contemporary condition. Denis Maksimov refers to it as the everlasting present that could be described as being trapped in a constant state of stasis which obstructs us from dreaming for a better world and to devise viable plans towards this cause.

Starting from the fall of the temple of Apollo, Denis Maksimov travels through time. Searching for critical actors and events that paralyzed our present moment, he crash-lands in the cold war and its institutional heritage. On the way, he encounters foreseers of a different nature: fortune tellers, prophets, foreseers, scryers, priests, imams, augurs, politicians, and finally tech companies dealing with big data, to constitute an inconsistent lineage of future producers.

Episode Notes:

A think tank or policy institute is a research agency that surveys and advocates for issues such as social policy, political strategy, economy, military, technology, and culture. Think tanks range from those associated with high academic or scholarly activities to those that are overtly ideological and pushing for a particular policy, with widely differing quality of research among them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_tank

The Delphic Oracle known as the Pythia was the high priestess of the temple of Apollo and she was the most authoritative oracle among male-dominated Ancient Greece and the most powerful woman of the classical world. Pythia’s counsel was most in demand to forecast the outcome of projected wars or political actions.

Pythia gave extensive prophecies to citizens, foreigners, kings, and philosophers on subjects of different nature. Inquiries were ranging from a variety of topics such as economics, culture, military tactics, and war, duty, crime, family, laws even personal matters. Her utterances were not directly recorded by the inquirer; instead, they were interpreted and ambiguously written down by her priests.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythia

The origin of the term Magog referred to Lydia, in what is now Turkey. Its use in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 38 mentions "Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal" has led to it being associated with apocalyptic traditions. This was the second of the seven sons of Japheth mentioned in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Various ancient and medieval traditions have built on biblical references and added details to them. The legend of Gog and Magog and the gates were also interpolated into the Alexander romances. In one version, "Goth and Magothy" are kings of the Unclean Nations, driven beyond a mountain pass by Alexander, and blocked from returning by his new wall. Gog and Magog are said to engage in human cannibalism in romances and derived literature. They have also been depicted on Medieval cosmological maps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magog_(Bible)

Produced by Lara Huz |

Sound Production Barış Tan |

Music by Arsan Sağlar

This episode delves into the history of the future from an anthropological point of view, to scrutinize our contemporary condition. Denis Maksimov refers to it as the everlasting present that could be described as being trapped in a constant state of stasis which obstructs us from dreaming for a better world and to devise viable plans towards this cause.

Starting from the fall of the temple of Apollo, Denis Maksimov travels through time. Searching for critical actors and events that paralyzed our present moment, he crash-lands in the cold war and its institutional heritage. On the way, he encounters foreseers of a different nature: fortune tellers, prophets, foreseers, scryers, priests, imams, augurs, politicians, and finally tech companies dealing with big data, to constitute an inconsistent lineage of future producers.

Episode Notes:

A think tank or policy institute is a research agency that surveys and advocates for issues such as social policy, political strategy, economy, military, technology, and culture. Think tanks range from those associated with high academic or scholarly activities to those that are overtly ideological and pushing for a particular policy, with widely differing quality of research among them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_tank

The Delphic Oracle known as the Pythia was the high priestess of the temple of Apollo and she was the most authoritative oracle among male-dominated Ancient Greece and the most powerful woman of the classical world. Pythia’s counsel was most in demand to forecast the outcome of projected wars or political actions.

Pythia gave extensive prophecies to citizens, foreigners, kings, and philosophers on subjects of different nature. Inquiries were ranging from a variety of topics such as economics, culture, military tactics, and war, duty, crime, family, laws even personal matters. Her utterances were not directly recorded by the inquirer; instead, they were interpreted and ambiguously written down by her priests.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythia

The origin of the term Magog referred to Lydia, in what is now Turkey. Its use in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 38 mentions "Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal" has led to it being associated with apocalyptic traditions. This was the second of the seven sons of Japheth mentioned in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Various ancient and medieval traditions have built on biblical references and added details to them. The legend of Gog and Magog and the gates were also interpolated into the Alexander romances. In one version, "Goth and Magothy" are kings of the Unclean Nations, driven beyond a mountain pass by Alexander, and blocked from returning by his new wall. Gog and Magog are said to engage in human cannibalism in romances and derived literature. They have also been depicted on Medieval cosmological maps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magog_(Bible)

Produced by Lara Huz |

Sound Production Barış Tan |

Music by Arsan Sağlar

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