Future thought for the day

OK, October 1 means publication of a certain book is a month off. As a small contribution to the, ahem, torrent of promotion, I’m going to post here daily, at least once, for as long as I can manage…

Which means I’m going to throw in the odd comment about the future culled from current reading, or past delvings which yielded what seemed like cute comments or useful thoughts I ended up not using in print.

Today’s is a nice restatement (with a meta-twist) of the problem of induction from James Ladyman’s admirable Understanding Philosophy of Science,

I liked his version,

the fact that in the past the future has been like the past doesn’t mean that, in the future, the future will be like the past

(I tried rephrasing with no commas, but the original seems clearer, no?)

Just because the future has been like the past in the past does not mean the future will be like the past in the future

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