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I offer glimpses of the future,

communication with the past.

Often optimistic,

rarely pessimistic,

yet an important piece of both.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ "This question may invite speculative answers" - Is that not the idea of this? $\endgroup$ – Matt Beldon Jul 2 '18 at 12:19
  • $\begingroup$ There are indeed speculative answers, none of which is really satisfying, but it might very well be that the correct answer is indisputably so. $\endgroup$ – Mr. blue Jul 2 '18 at 12:33
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Maybe

A Mystic

I offer glimpses of the future

A Mystic will tell you your future

communication with the past

A Mystic might perform a seance

Often optimistic / rarely pessimistic

Because you are paying them, they'll often tell you what you want to hear

yet an important piece of both

Mistic = Mystic? It's a stretch...

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  • $\begingroup$ This was what I was going for, good job! $\endgroup$ – Patrick L Jul 2 '18 at 18:19
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You are

The weather report

I offer glimpses of the future

That's what the weather forecast is about.

communication with the past

One can find weather reports from years ago.

Often optimistic, rarely pessimistic

Presentators tend to be.

yet an important piece of both

"mist" is a piece of both words.

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You are a Psychic

I offer glimpses of the future,

Clairvoyance means you can see the future

communication with the past.

A medium to communicate with the deceased

Often optimistic,

Often tell you what you want to hear

rarely pessimistic,

This may be bad for business

yet an important piece of both.

Mystical forces at play.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is basically the answer I had in mind. Good job $\endgroup$ – Patrick L Jul 2 '18 at 18:22
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My take is :

Dreams

I offer glimpses of the future,

We dream of becoming something (in our thoughts) in future and as a result we sometime see a glimpse of the same happening in our dreams.

communication with the past.

We can see past events as well in our dreams.

Often optimistic,

rarely pessimistic,

We often have a positive approach towards our dreams and rarely think negative about them.

yet an important piece of both.

Yet dreams comprises of both good dreams as well as bad dreams and past and future as well.

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The answer is :

A time machine or a device which can help us see through time.

I offer glimpses of the future,

Though fictitious, a time machine helps a person to see future.

communication with the past

A person can travel or see past as well using time machine.

Often optimistic,

rarely pessimistic,

In movies and other series a time manipulating or travel devices are seen in an optimistic approach and rarely in pessimistic manner.

yet an important piece of both.

It is important for both past and future.

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You are:

Necromancy

I offer glimpses of the future

Necromancy is often used to gain insight into future events using spirits who would foretell coming events.

communication with the past

Necromancy literally involves summoning and communicating with the spirit of the deceased (i.e the past)

Often optimistic,rarely pessimistic

This is slightly harder to make sense with, as I'm not sure if necromancy is characterized by optimistic or pessimistic insights.

yet an important piece of both

I suppose there might be instances where optimism and pessimism is combined, that in order for the person summoning the spirit to achieve a positive future he has to overcome some obstacles or whatnot

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Answer may be:

Innovative Technology

I offer glimpses of the future,

New technology can give glimpse of future.

communication with the past.

We develop new technology from the work of past generation.

Often optimistic,

New technology like mobile, TV, plane is often seen optimistically.

rarely pessimistic,

Invention of dynamite has some pessimistic views but this is rare.

yet an important piece of both.

It is.

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