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    Up to now my main interest has been history, but I agree with the views of CP Snow when he wrote about the dangerous gap between the Arts and the Sciences. I think he referred to the two cultures which had developed and altho' he made these comments some time ago I believe this is still the case in our society.
    I am going to make a start by trying to understand the Theory of Relativity. I am confident this will not present too many problems!
    I will remain, of course, very interested in history at an academic level. One of my chums once told me that I was a "revisionist" historian. I wish I knew what that meant but I think it was a compliment.


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    These days the dangerous gap seems to be between the politicians and the scientists. I know many artsy types who understand current scientific issues quite well, and know of many politicians who are clueless. And when your chum called you a revisionist historian I doubt it was meant as a compliment. It usually means you change the facts to fit your worldview.

    But all that negativity aside, welcome!


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    Scotts are welcome here. :-)

    I don't know if Snow's views on separations between humanities and sciences have much relevance anymore--at least in the US our anti-scientific politicians and willfully ignorant population that put them in office, aren't any more familiar with Shakespeare, Latin, philosophy, classical music or the other humanities than they are of science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    Scotts are welcome here. :-)

    I don't know if Snow's views on separations between humanities and sciences have much relevance anymore--at least in the US our anti-scientific politicians and willfully ignorant population that put them in office, aren't any more familiar with Shakespeare, Latin, philosophy, classical music or the other humanities than they are of science.
    I didn't think Snow was talking about those who have little knowledge of the humanities and the sciences. I thought he was referring to the gulf between those who were knowledgeable in one of these fields.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury View Post
    And when your chum called you a revisionist historian I doubt it was meant as a compliment. It usually means you change the facts to fit your worldview.

    But all that negativity aside, welcome!
    I don't agree with your definition. I believe the term "revisionist historian" refers to a historian who does not agree with the consensus view on an historical issue. Of course this does not mean the "rebel" historian is necessarily correct!
    A Cold War revisionist historian would lay most of the blame, for the Cold War, on the West and that is a point of view I would not agree with!
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