Yes, you read the title of to-day’s article right.
Let me explain.
You are a person of so-and-so age, living with a family who loves you and whom you love. You have been wearing glasses for the past four years. Now, that is rather unusual (though not uncommon), since you’re too young to have eye issues. You had gone to an eye specialist and, after a series of scientific tests, he had prescribed you to wear glasses of certain power. Now, we all know that short-sightedness is hereditary. You see that none of your parents had such premature short-sightedness, so you go further back, to your grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. In short, you’re exploring history.
Now, coming to the point that history is a science. Ever since history began to be written, back in the days of the Greek civilisation, scholars argued about whether it was a science or an art. To-day, it has been classified as both. (Though, I have an arts degree in History!) There is a reason for this.
Do you know what Historiography means? Basically, it means the history of History. Meaning that it is a subject that explores the history of the subject of History. So, in Historiography classes, you learn about the very origins of History, its founding father, its classification, the methodology of research in History, and the various arguments and discussions regarding History that occurred over time. In the methodology of History, there’s something known as ‘scientific method of research‘ – it just means that scholars use scientific methods to enquire into historical events and record them. Not like performing experiments, which is literally impossible for a subject like History, but like asking fundamental questions and trying to discern the myth from the truth. Historians try to record as much of the truth as possible. Of course, that’s subject to the government currently ruling the country; in which case, History becomes tangled with politics, which should be avoided. History should be without emotions and people recording it should not take sides. Often, lack of evidences and/or sources lead historians to record false information.
So, the next time you ask why History should be studied when Science is superior, remember that History also uses a lot of scientific knowledge. This is not only limited to theoretical studies. The practical form of History is called Archaeology. It is, in short, the study of inscriptions and artefacts through which historical narrative is derived. Historians and archaeologists work together to find out the truth. And how do archaeologists find out information from long-dead fossils? By using scientists to build their machines. And these scientists use Science and scientific techniques.
Like the Sociologist Auguste Comte said:
Long story short, never underestimate the power of History. You need history to know science. After all, History are Science are mutually dependent. History explains the origins of everything on this planet.
See you all in my next post!