Let’s Talk Tuesday: History


Today was my first day back to college, and my Modern World Literature professor asked a question that really got me thinking. This leads me to believe that, aside from all the extensive writing, it’s going to be an interesting class. I wanted to take this Let’s Talk Tuesday and leave you all with the question that I’m quite eager to see the answers to.

How do you know that history exists?

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Tuesday: History

  1. I’m sitting here at 6.24am reading your question. OMG! It’s way too early to think about lol šŸ˜‰

    Ok, lets see…..How do I know that history exists? Because I see it everyday, in the faces of people around me šŸ™‚

    Xx

  2. Wow, that is a cool question. I can affirm all the above comments and add…because when I walk in the woods I know the trees are older than me and when I place my books on the shelves that belonged to my grandfather I know I’m part of something bigger than now. Hmm, a personal response I know…I’d have to think on it longer to get more deeply scientific or philosophical about it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Haha. You don’t.
    All sources are biased in some way, many people over exaggerate, Psychology has constantly proven how our memory of something can fade and change, even after only a month. A lot of fake robberies have been set up by Psychologists and they ask the witnesses questions and not only does there memory get blurry, details often change e.g. at first they’ll think the robber stole a red handbag, the next time they get asked they might say its blue, because our memories are so easily overwritten.
    Then of course there’s the fact that history – in terms of wars and past conflicts etc, are always written by the winners. So of course they’re going to portray the people they are fighting against as evil and the ones in the wrong and the winners will of course present themselves as the saviors and the people in the right. That’s why you get things like holocaust denial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_denial#Prominent_Holocaust_deniers

    Some people say that history is just as likely/unlikely as religion. And many ask why so many people are sure that religion doesn’t exist and that history does, because really, it involves just as much faith.

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