The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems
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?