The main purpose of the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems is to centralize the study of anticipation and to define the Discipline of Anticipation as a cohesive body of knowledge. To this end, the chair will address a number of key questions, such as:
- What is anticipation? Are anticipations imposed by the mind, or are they aspects of reality, or does anticipation involve a relation with both?
- Are there different kinds of anticipation? What distinguishes them?
- Which are the connections between the Discipline of Anticipation and Futures Studies?
- What are the qualitative and quantitative aspects of anticipations? Can anticipation be described mathematically?
- Are there hierarchies of anticipations? How do they define their hierarchy?
- What visual phenomena are associated with anticipations, including magnification, scaling, zooming, expansion, detail, depth, and apparent size?
- How do anticipations relate to emergence and the budding science of qualities?
- What are the social applications of the Discipline of Anticipation?
- Can we relate anticipation to current interests in sustainability and resilience?