Essay: Looking for Tomorrow (and Tomorrow)

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. —Niels Bohr

Asked to make sense of Pharaoh's dreams about fat and lean cows and plump and withered ears of corn, Joseph took them as signs of coming events. The Book of Genesis records his forecast: "Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine." Pharaoh was so pleased to get a fix on the future that he made Joseph the ruler of Egypt. If Joseph materialized now, politics would make it hard for him to get his old...

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