I am a big Science Fiction (SF) fan. So today’s WWOD is from one of the best trilogies in SF.
PSYCHOHISTORY (PSYCHOHISTORIES) [n. The science and mathematics discipline in Asimov’s Foundation series that allows one to predict the future behavior of very large groups of people using history, sociology, and esp. statistics. But this word is not confined to SF. It also means the psychological analysis of somebody’s life or of historical events, employing the techniques of psychoanalysis to explore motivations, explain actions, etc. In other words, the SF definition allows one to attempt to forecast what will happen, while the psychoanalysis definition attempts to explain why something has happened.]
Whew! I’m going to bed. 😉