My name is Becca Mills, and I believe in speculation. Not the financial kind. I’m talking about the “contemplation or consideration of some subject.” About the “conjectural consideration of a matter” (from here). We’re used to thinking that conjecture is a bad thing. “Oh,” someone says, “that’s all conjecture.” It’s a way of saying you’re drawing conclusions based on not enough info. It’s a way of saying you don’t know what you’re talking about.
But I don’t want to talk about what I know. I do that enough in real life. I want to talk about what I don’t know. I want to admit I’m always talking about what I don’t know because our information is always incomplete. We err in thinking otherwise. We err in finding supposing bright, clean line between knowledge and conjecture.
So let’s embrace the teeming void of I don’t know. Let’s believe in thinking deeply. And in asking “what if?” And in making new worlds. And in reimagining this one.
Come on. Let’s speculate.