much less historical truth, which is to say narrative truth. Doesn't exist. It's a myth. There are only facts, the few we are, often through no fault of our own, privy to. And the difference between the two, between truth and fact, is everything.
Don't believe me, read Hyden White. He'll set you straight.
The best we have and the best we can do with what we have. Unfortunately, the best is never good enough, is it? Or maybe not unfortunately. Maybe if we knew everything it wouldn't matter anyway. I'm not... more
biology as it is memory. The evidence of learning from the past clearly lies in technological advances, often in, or stemming from, weaponry. Whereas, the plot as it were in history comes from either erections... more
Historical human progress, a squishy concept that I remain of two minds about, definitely expresses itself most apparently in technological advances, many if not most of them offshoots of weaponry research.... more
This is clearly a discussion between/among man children: it's all about historical advances = better weapons. Seriously? Real "progress" or "advance" in human society is founded on things like FARMING,... more
both as a student of history and a 71-year-old still possessed of a goodly portion of his waning wits--I see absolutely no reason to believe that the ultimate culmination of our so-called progress--a concept... more
that whether we are talking about "advances" in species-ending weaponry, or in AI--as you are aware, the two are clearly closely connected--I fail to understand how focusing on such "progress," which is... more