Creative Time Synchronizations: Proximal and Grounded Pasts, Presents and Futures

Arthur M. Harkins, George H. Kubik, John Moravec


The purpose of this paper is to present a new paradigm and an innovative technology for thinking about the future. The concept of time synchronization is introduced as a technology to improve individual competency for balancing the continuous construction of reinterpreted pasts, presents and futures in order to cope with the acceleration of change, complexity, and uncertainty. This new paradigm is driven by recognition of three factors: 1. Humans are both conservative and novelty generating. 2. Novelty is a key factor of life and humans address novelty through pattern-evolving creativity. 3. Reality is defi ned through the unique ability of humans to anticipate and defi ne experience in terms of pattern and category. Th is article asserts that rapidly expanding human plurality and novelty require new models concerning relationships of past, present, and future. Such models should adequately address the rapidly changing and more complex conditions in which they are constructed and deconstructed, including the expanding opportunities that accompany them.


time; technology; models; future

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