Historically, most phobias have developed from innate responses to danger in the natural environment… but what of those that have come about due to advances in human technology? With the advent of commercial aviation came aviphobia; radiophobia could not have been diagnosed before the manipulation of the atom. And now, as technology develops around us at an unprecedented, ever-accelerating rate… what new fears and phobias might come to govern our lives? This incisive monograph examines the anxieties, aversions and syndromes of our present, and our near future.
Do you experience a feeling of intense anxiety when you pass through a full-body scanner at an airport? Do you compulsively retain gadgets that are falling out of use or else are entirely obsolete? Have you ever worried about your ability to recognise true artificial intelligence as and when it arises? If so, Fears For The Near Future is the book you’ve been waiting for.
CS Mierscheid was born in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. She is Professor of Modern Psychologies at Miskatonic University, Massachusetts, and holds the Franz Bibfeldt Fellowship for her work on post-modern anxieties. Mierscheid has authored a number of papers and textbooks, many of which have been recognised as classics in their field. The prestigious Mierscheid Scholarship is named for her. Professor Mierscheid is an avid Eschaton enthusiast and represents her team, The Stone Louses, at county level.