For clarity

By February 14, 2019 History

For clarity, a clear distinction between the two areas of knowledge must be addressed prior to further analysis. While history simply refers to the past that has been recorded by humans, whether through personal recounts or opinions of a specific event about the progression of the world, the natural sciences refers to a branch of science focusing on the pursuit and application and understanding of natural phenomena in the world. History is essentially being rewritten constantly as new information is perpetually compounded upon the old, often leading to previously discovered history to be overturned when presented with newer and more reliable information in its main aim to recount the objective, factual information about the progression of the world. However, as history is, for a large part, an empirical knowledge gathered from observational and experiential statements from primary sources regarding historical events, this information is forever subject to the human limitations of sensory perception such as the fallibility of memory. Furthermore, as in all human sciences, the complexity of studying humans often renders simplification imperative to understanding. These complex facts derived from observations must be simplified to recountable stories to which are constantly liable to manipulation from subjective opinions as information is passed from generation to generation, regardless of one’s true intentions. As a result of history constantly being rewritten and its heavy dependence on human limitations, what may once have been factual information supported by empirical evidence can easily be distorted into something more fictional rather than factual.


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