AdamLecture - The History of Science & The (Pseudo) Science...

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1 The (Pseudo) Science of History* *plus a few nutty Germans Historical Sciences • Geology (planets up close) • Astronomy (stars and planets far away) • Cosmology (the universe) • History (human societies)
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2 We should just call it Human History, but hairless primates are arrogant History reconstructs the past of human societies through written records Human paleontology (or physical anthropology) uses fossils Archaeology uses technological artifacts Historical ecology infers past human activity from present changes in the biotic and abiotic environment What I do is look through dead people’s paperwork, and read outdated science textbooks and articles • I get to go different places to do this research • Unfortunately these different places are usually in Germany
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3 As with the Historical Sciences we’ve learned about the last two quarters, (human) historical data is good for some things but very bad for others
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2010 for the course GE CLST 70B taught by Professor Morris,m.r./friscia,a.r./moldwin,m.b./vanvalkenburgh,b during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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