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Minding the Future
Dispatch problem
Reception problem
Action problem
Problem of reflecting on possible action
Nasty thought

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Presented at a meeting on Forms of Presentation (Geneva, 1980) of the Goals. Processes and Indicators of Development project of the
United Nations University.   Previously printed in Transnational Associations, 1983, 3, pp. 124-125  [PDF version]


Much may be learnt about the status of communication susceptible to provoke personal and social change by considering any of the variants of the following thought experiment. This involves the dispatch and reception of a 'perfect message', carefully reflecting on possible attitudes to it, and the action to be taken. Much may also be learnt by attempting to develop or redesign the experiment itself, possibly by adding other features to it.