I am reading William Gibson's latest book called "Pattern Recognition." Great book! I strongly recommend it. Definitely worth the $14 I spent on it. Based on what I read in the book, coupled with the events on F-Chat and rest of the world, I got thinking! Can we look at the events around us (which reflect the state of our society) and make predictions about future events? Predictions could be as simple as how rapidly F-Chat will grow to as complex as the stock market behavior. My prediction based on this 9/11 & Iraq stuff, economic data, flame wars on F-Chat etc. is that stock market will sink in 3-5 months and inflation will rise rapidly. What do you guys think?