And it’s this human factor which renders prediction a dead letter. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series introduced a new science, which inventor Hari Seldon called psychohistory. This combined sociology with higher mathematics to foretell the future. His assumption was reasonable, that though the actions of individuals could not be predicted, the states of large populations could be, and thus he could foresee crises arising in the galactic Empire in his future and take steps to mitigate and limit the dark ages which would follow.
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