Monday June 13, 2016

Can Chuck Klosterman help you think like you're from the future?

Some things we take for granted will seem backwards to future generations — but how can we guess what those things will be?

Some things we take for granted will seem backwards to future generations — but how can we guess what those things will be? (Malcolm J./Flickr)

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There are things we believe today that will seem ridiculous, even outrageous, to future generations — so how can we transcend our era and think like people ahead of their time?

That question is at the heart of Chuck Klosterman's new book, But What If We're Wrong: Thinking about the present as if it were the past.

The author and pop culture critic joins guest host Gill Deacon to discuss his fascination with tomorrow's take on today, some things our grandchildren may not understand, and why it's so hard to predict the values of a future that's unwritten.

Team Sports

If you can't imagine a world without team sports, imagine asking an ancient Roman about a world without gladiators. (The fatal games lasted for nearly a thousand years.) (Jan Krömer, Flickr CC/Sikander, Wikimedia Commons)