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Brendan Keenan: Reeling in the years on the 'what ifs'

The 'what ifs' of alternative histories from election winners to a 'euroless' EU provide plenty of food for thought

Published 22/08/2010 | 05:00

I HAVE been amusing myself over the supposedly news-light silly season of August, by looking back at the start of the four decades since 1970 -- with the tremendous benefit of hindsight.

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Looking back has been an interesting experience, for me anyway. One can only hope that it had a similar attraction for the readers. It brought to mind the point made by evolutionary science: that if you wound back the tape of time, you would not get the same result. Human beings, for instance, might not come into existence.

It is even more obvious that the tape of ordinary history would never play the same way if run again. Each moment, individual events and decisions change the future for ever.

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