Centre for Modern History Futures Series
Dr Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University)
Chair and Moderator: Dr Lise Butler (City, University of London)
The CMH is happy to open the new academic year with a new event in the Futures Series, hosting Dr Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University) for a talk based on her forthcoming book, The Will to Predict (Cornell 2023). The book questions the established view that in the Cold War era scientific prediction was an expression of a positivist mindset and that scientific predictions were mainly used to enhance top-down control by collecting data, monitoring and influencing people’s behaviour. In contrast, this book shows that the role of scientific prediction is far more diverse than that of a mechanistic, top-down control. The book argues that scientific predictions are human attempts to find an adaptive way to cope with uncertainty, to address the limitation of knowledge and to act collectively through the continuous orchestration of human and non-human actors.
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