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About Community

Welcome to r/Futurology, a subreddit devoted to the field of Future(s) Studies and speculation about the development of humanity, technology, and civilization.
Created Dec 12, 2011

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r/Futurology Rules

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Rule 1 - Respect

Be respectful to others - this includes no hostility, racism, sexism, bigotry, etc.

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Rule 2 - Future Focus

Submissions must be future focused. All posts must have an initial comment, a Submission Statement, that suggests a line of future-focused discussion for the topic posted. We want this submission statement to elaborate on the topic being posted and suggest how it might be discussed in relation to the future.

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Rule 6 - Comment Quality

Comments must be on topic, contribute to the discussion and be of sufficient length. Comments that dismiss well-established science without compelling evidence are a distraction to discussion of futurology and may be removed.

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Rule 7 - Account age

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Rule 8 - negative karma

Submissions and comments of accounts whose combined karma is too far in the negatives will be removed

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Rule 9 - No Duplicates

Avoid posting content that is a duplicate of content posted within the last 7 days.

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Rule 10 - In Depth

Submissions with [in-depth] in the title have stricter post length and quality guidelines.

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Rule 11 - Title Quality

Titles should accurately and truthfully represent the content of the submission.

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Rule 12 - Original Sources

Support original sources - avoid blogs/websites that are primarily rehosted content.

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Rule 13 - Content age

Content older than 6 months must have [month, year] in the title.

On Futurology

If history studies our past and social sciences study our present, what is the study of our future? Future(s) Studies (colloquially called "future(s)" by many of the field's practitioners) is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to hypothesize the possible, probable, preferable, or alternative future(s).

One of the fundamental assumptions in future(s) studies is that the future is plural rather than singular, that is, that it consists of alternative future(s) of varying degrees of likelihood but that it is impossible in principle to say with certainty which one will occur.

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