Prediction and the policy dilemma
- “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” (Nils Bohr);
- “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” (Oscar Wilde);
- “I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place.” (Winston Churchill);
- “Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.” (Mark Twain);
- “If you have to forecast, forecast often.” (Edgar R. Fiedler);
- “It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.” (Voltaire); and
- “The future isn’t what it used to be!” (anonymous).
Reference1 University of Exeter, ‘Famous forecasting quotes’
Global Systems Science and Policy: an Introduction
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