How to think like a futurist: Recommended readings

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Download the syllabus for Stanford Continuing Studies Course “How to Think Like a Futurist”: how-to-think-like-a-futurist-stanford-cs-jane-mcgonigal

Week one: Creativity

General reading/viewing

The 2080 Census: The World as we Don’t Know It

Look back twice as far as you want to look forward: the Census throughout history

Scientific papers

A taxonomy of prospection

  • the four modes of future thinking: simulation, prediction, intention, and planning (a cognitive science/neuroscience perspective)

Fit between future thinking and future orientation on creative imagination

  • increasing the temporal distance of future thinking facilitates creative thinking
  • Additionally, one’s creative imagination can be improved when thinking timescales and future orientation are aligned

Self-projection and the brain (3 core processes are the same)

Counterfactual thinking: an FMRI study on changing the past for a better future

Remembering what could have happened: Neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking

Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory and decisions

Neural activity associated with self, other, and object-based counterfactual thinking

With an eye toward the future: The Impact of Counterfactual thinking on Affect, Attitudes and Behavior

Cognitive neuroscience of human counterfactual reasoning (past and future)

From what might have been to what must have been: Counterfactual thinking creates meaning

The functional theory of counterfactual thinking

Is there a core neural network in empathy?

The social cognitive neuroscience of empathy

Two systems for empathy

The necessity of others in the mother of invention

Week two: Imagination

General reading/viewing

Six Rules for Effective Forecasting

Institute for the Future – Ten-Year Forecasts

Learning is Earning in the National Learning Economy – Institute for the Future Research Map

The Story of the Chinese Farmer (video)

Society as a Social Invention and You as a Social Inventor

Foresight Signals: A Futurist’s Vacation Reading List

Scientific papers

Desirable and undesirable futures call for different scene construction processes


Week three: Personal change

General reading/viewing

The psychology of future you (Video)

Scientific papers

Time Metrics Matter: Connecting Present and Future Selves

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Psychological connectedness to the future self

Episodic Future Thinking Reduces Reward Delay Discounting through an Enhancement of Prefrontal-Mediotemporal Interactions

The Future is Now: Reducing Impulsivity Using Episodic Future Thinking

Become more optimistic by imagining a best possible self

“Remembering and imagining: the role of the self” (focusing stories about the future on significant narrative/goal milestones to enhance creativity/foresight)

Episodic future thought and its relationship to remembering (on the importance of signal exposure for autobiographical futures)

Eye movement disrupts future episodic thinking (on the importance of visual-spatial details in autobiographical futures)

“Back to the future: Autobiographical planning and the functionality of mind-wandering”

Week four: Influence

General reading/viewing

Some hints on writing preferred futures

Visioning and future studies and Why imagine the future?

Wanted: Professors of Foresight

Six Artifacts from the Future

Week five: Collective Imagination

General reading/viewing

What If? Everybody on Earth jumped at the same time

What If? Everyone actually had only one soul mate?

Measures of future orientation and self-efficacy

Development of future orientation and self-efficacy – see Appendix A for measurement tools

Time Perspective Inventory

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