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Is history really necessary?

Can we really learn from mistakes made by others living centuries earlier than us? Is it possible to predict the future by studying the past? Is it really necessary to know history?

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    Apr 10 2012: One definition of stupidity is the habitual repeating of the same mistake. Do you know of some way to be aware of past mistakes on a personal, national, or global level, other than history? If you do and it proves preferable to recorded history then you sir have made history obsolete. Congratulations will be in order once history tells us you have replaced it.
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    Apr 14 2012: some things concerning history can be changed. before the camera and the like, history was passed down by story telling. each time a story was told, it may or may not have been told word for word. perhaps as a story was passed down the emotion and passion of the story teller may have added or detracted from its content. pictures and paintings are great examples of unaltered history. Technology now has the to ability to alter that e.g. Photoshop. It all boils down to faith. Good vs Evil etc. as history books are re-written, as paintings are digitized and the originals destroyed it is probably possible to change history for future generations, but we have faith that would not happen. who knows? some question are never answered...
    one of my wishes would be to have heard, wth my own ears, Abe Lincolns Gettysburg address...
    how do I know he really wrote it or read it. My faith says he did....

    best regards to all Ted members!
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    Apr 12 2012: Every time we learn something,we are making use of the experience of those who have gone before us. This is the history of that particular domain of learning. If we ignore that history we stop learning from past experience. If we stop learning from past experience, that limits our ability to stretch the boundaries of knowledge.
  • Apr 11 2012: History is so much more than learning from mistakes or predict future.
    The essence of history lies in curiosity. As JLo once said " matter where I go, I know where I came from..."
    One should know one's roots.
    History is more than necessary. I mean scientists are still studying the Big Bang...It is history after all...!!
    • Apr 12 2012: But what makes a history? What assures the honesty of historians? I am in great doubt and I need The Answer.
      • Apr 12 2012: John...what assures the honesty of anything for that matter...??
        For eg: you know your date of birth because that is what you were told. Why do you believe that??
        It is possible that you were lied to..
        What is there to answer??
        Why are you so confused??
        History is what has happened in the past and it is important to learn it for more reasons than i or anybody can list down.
        History is education, unless you start to question it..

        "Why do we need to be educated??"
  • Apr 11 2012: Douglas,
    You hit the nail on the head, but History is also a powerful tool to form the intellect; more powerful than research because the answer is already known.
  • Apr 11 2012: Hi John,

    To know history is to know ourselves. It is at it's root the study of human behaviour.

    Best wishes,
    Doug Bell
    • Apr 12 2012: What is human? A miserable pile of secrets that shows no shame or decency.
  • Apr 11 2012: We need history. We and future generations need to know that if we are not on guard we can let Hittler and other dictators to come to power. Without history people could also believe that communism is practical way to run society.

    Some life lessons are learned only by making own mistakes but some mistakes should never be repeated (concentration camps or jumping from 10th floor).
    • Apr 12 2012: But history can also deliver the negative fruits of different cultures. Just look at capitalism.
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    Apr 10 2012: I would say yes because there's a difference, in my opinion, between classical and cultural themes in the human experience. Classical themes are fundamental human dynamics (for example: Maslow's heirarchy of needs), whereas cultural themes are the representations of those classical dynamics agreed to by localized consent. We need to understand how those classical themes are represented in our culture so we can recognize the balances and imbalances that our culture provides relative to historical experiences of studied cultures of the past - both ours and others. By looking at the past we can see how classic dynamics were realized in various cultures, and where they were successful and unsuccessful. This can help us to forsee trends in our culture as it changes and grows, because the classical dynamics - up until now - have not changed.
    • Apr 12 2012: Authority should drive from the power of the consent and not by fear and threat. History might have been alerted and I no longer rest in peace.