I’m chronicalling my way through Chuck Klosterman’s newest work, ‘But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past’.
Check back occasionally for my thoughts on the book, one of the most original pieces on modern socialism in recent history.
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July 7, 2016 — Klosterman does not want ‘But What If We’re Wrong’ to be read as a collection of essays. He makes that pretty clear in his dedication, and so far it’s an intriguing look at the evolution of the theory of gravity. Klosterman takes care to note that Aristotle’s original assumption was generally accepted for over 2,000 years, while Isaac Newton’s theory has only existed for 350-or-so years. What’s wrong with that? Nothing except Newton’s laws are so widely assumed to be true that any prospect of new, perhaps contradicting future evidence is all but considered laughable.
July 10 — ‘BWIWW’ wants to know the unknowable, like what facts will come to light in the future that will change said future? And is it even possible to make an accurate prediction about what the future will be like? The answers are ‘There’s little way of knowing,’ and ‘It’s not.’ The author illustrates how experts did not predict, as late as the 1980s, the proliferation of mobile phone technology. Most people polled thought land-line phone calling was here to stay, so how can we possibly think we know more about the future now then we did then?