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This post from Futureful is really eye opening… it had not occurred to me to think about our perception of the imminent like this before. In their words:

‘Even though our brains are the most powerful of all prediction engines, we still adapt behaviors that help limit our need to contemplate all possible alternative micro- and macro-futures. While this is an effective coping mechanism, it inherently leads to a bias of seeing only the futures that are already familiar to us. However, if we were able to better exercise and fine-tune our ‘futures understanding’, it would empower us to become more aware of the things that really affect our futures in the present. We could discover new things about ourselves and the world around us, and could more proactively shape our future through the present. Simply put, we could make better and more sustainable decisions.’

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