Incipit

Doubt, faith, rational choice
Science is based on postulates, and its definition of truth starts from hypothetical assumptions. Rational positive science presents a direct relation with uncertainty and doubt, whereas religion, magic and 'para-scientific' disciplines are attempting to provide a system of knowledge which avoids uncertainty because of its relation with supernatural forces. Rational choice is, in a contemporary perspective, the base of sociology and economic theory. Nevertheless, the oracular tradition is a contradictory sign and an irrational answer to the limits of rationality.

Magic and software
Procedural text is a composition of words having a pragmatic effect. A common example is software, which is handled by interpreters. The word Oracle derives from Latin 'orare' which means speaking: the oracular speech is a word having a specific power, either to guess future, or to give a response that influences the future because of the prediction's suggestion. Somehow the prophecy can fulfill itself. If the power of prediction is the prediction itself (so, the words), and actualisation is merely a consequence of a magic sentence (again, words), then also Sibylline speech, whose ambiguity renders realisation, is an oral form of procedural text. Oracles are operating systems triggering a practical result (event). Since effectiveness is the mechanism, the process can be obscure. What magic and informatics have in common, is that they are empiric, recalling 16th century's empiricism acceptation, whereas magic and science shared common methods, and these were considered on the base of their results, rather than on the base of theoretical assumptions.

Decision making
The global world is offering individuals the possibility to choose between a broader variety than in the past. People can decide their occupation, their residence, their gender; multinationals and supermarkets are providing the same products all over the world, homogenising reality and trying to shadow seasons and local productions. This claimed variety, the big choice, the wares diversity, is somewhat apparent. Slavery is still present, but in a different, merchandised form. Routes and options appear to be almost pre-described, while people's preferences, starting from the digital domain, are becoming a new form of goods. This reflection generates the following questions: is the lack of will a possible reaction to globalisation? Can it be considered, in this sense, a specific disease of post-industrial civilised urban territories? If avoiding decision making is a way to boycott the system and the self, reacting to instability and refusing any responsibility from the flow of life, is contemporary freeness only apparent and predetermined?

Ubiquity as a decoy
While contemporary society offers individuals this wide variety of possibilities, still social security and sustainability are not granted to citizens. Precariousness becomes a weapon against masses, whereas instability is an instrument to manipulate populations and squeeze human rights. When basic needs are luxury, and time is on sale, war is a permanent and invisible state. Continuous movement, acceleration and fast communications are modifying natural perceptions of space and time, increasing disorientation and preparing the ground for the multiple possibilities enigma: the question "What will happen?" is iterating and loops endlessly. Since the environment is unlaced from individuals, instinct can stop functioning. The person, incapable of any will, crashes into a crisis. The answer is a legitimate escape, and ubiquity becomes a decoy.

Meta Universe
The Uncertainty Principle (Heisenberg, 1925) affirms that there are no states in which a particle has both a definite position and a definite momentum. A state which only exist for a short time cannot have a definite energy, because it is possible to define the exact position of a particle only in time: the position of a particle in a specific moment is unknown, because it can only be presumed through a probability distribution. According to this description, reality is not essential and unique, but manifold and contingent; any momentum presents concomitant possibilities, and all of them are actual. The uncertainty principle suggests the generative vision of the multiverse theory: there are an infinite number of universes and every possibility is happening, at the same time in parallel dimensions. In this sense predictability has concomitant directions, and the point of certainty and uncertainty is a struggle to define which potential instantiation will take place. A decision is the act of giving a system (or situation) a definite energy and a perspective on a determinate actualisation.