There is an overlooked rule in history: far more is lost and forgotten than is preserved and remembered.
Today, we explore the origin of the modern concept of a fact.
We take facts for granted, but they represent an invaluable intellectual technology less than 400 years old, which was forged in a fight between two of history’s brightest thinkers battling over the best way to rescue their society from the madness of medieval barbarism.
In this episode, we witness the debate that raged over the birth of what is perhaps the most powerful idea in history; the idea that supports our ability to make the world a better place, and the idea that defines the meaning of America.
Niall Ferguson is one of the most influential historians of our generation. His professional effort extends well beyond academia to ensure that policy makers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Niall and I connected to further discuss some of those issues.
Why The West Rules – for Now: the Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, by Ian Morris
Is there a logic to history?
Many scholars balk even at the idea of searching for such logic, insisting that each culture may only be understood on its own terms.