The Problem With Predictions
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  • There’s nothing wrong with predictions themselves. The problem comes in how we relate to predictions.
  • It’s our nature to seek comfort and certainty, so we often rely too heavily on predictions to accurately tell us what to expect.
  • Predictions are only useful for understanding what “the experts” currently believe is probable.*
  • But, we’re constantly receiving new information about a rapidly evolving world, so we have to treat predictions as just one piece of a much larger puzzle.
  • If you want a broader understanding of the future, then you must be able to set predictions aside and ask: “What else might be possible?”

* “The experts” tend to be anyone with a public platform whether they have true expertise in an area or not. Therefore, the loudest

(not necessarily the most knowledgeable) voices tend to shape public understanding of what is possible.


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