Why Fate is Not Popular


Dr. Oleg Maltsev


In this paper, the author proposes a praxeological and epistemological reflection on the issue of why the phenomenon of "fate" has lost popularity in the 21st century, particularly in our current times. First and foremost, the very question itself is critically examined and empirically researched. The historical and socio-cultural preconditions for the genesis of the perception of the construct "fate" and its individual elements are reviewed. One of the practical innovations and discoveries presented in this scientific research involves models that provide an understanding of fate as a system, while also addressing a range of practical questions. These questions include how and why people perceive their fate, what the main barriers and "enemies' are that prevent people from learning to control their fate, and how they can realize the future they desire.



Author Biography

Dr. Oleg Maltsev, European Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Oleg Maltsev is an author, scientist, criminologist, psychologist, photographer, and investigative journalist. He is the head of the Memory Institute, named after Grigory Semenovich Popov, and the author of groundbreaking scholarly works in criminology, psychology, and philosophy. He is a presidium member and academic member at the European Academy of Sciences in Ukraine (EUASU). He has been engaged in scholarly work for nearly 30 years and has conducted field research with the Expeditionary Corps of the Memory Institute, for a decade. This comparative international research explores the reasons why different nations and rulers attained power throughout history, with an emphasis on culture, military and scientific technique, and mentality. His recent work in English language is Jean Baudrillard, Maestro: The Last Prophet of Europe co-authored together with Dr. Lucien-Samir Oulahbib.


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