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Hi, I'm AJ and I'm a historian!

I used to like this site until GamerGate happened. Then it basically became a haven for shitheads. Guess its my fault for not leaving.

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#54 - Thanks for saving me the trouble of explaining.  [+] (1 reply) 10/29/2015 on magicians are faggots +1
#55 - thepandaking (10/29/2015) [-]
anytime <3
#12 - It was just a ****** attempt at a joke. If you ask most liber…  [+] (2 replies) 10/29/2015 on Liberal Arts 0
#13 - migueldecervantes (10/29/2015) [-]
Are you... Are you an English Major by any chance, InglushMayjur?
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#16 - InglushMayjur (10/29/2015) [-]
Actually, despite my name, I majored in history (which can be arguably viewed as Applied English).
#7 - There's so much I could say about the vast oversimplifications…  [+] (9 replies) 10/28/2015 on Liberal Arts +8
#10 - krobeles (10/28/2015) [-]
Thats not at all what they're saying.
They're saying that liberal arts affiliated majors are being forced into taking courses that have little to nothing to with their chosen major, (like the english major being forced into gender studies) in the persuit of pushing their agenda.
They're saying that instead of teaching philosophy and western academic tradition, the humanities faculty has become a cesspool of politically slanted bullshit and dogma, too wrapped up in their own pseudo-intellectual bullshit-hype and useless terminology to read the cards.

There are many issues with the humanities faculty, but I think it stands as an undeniable truth that its fallen far from what it once was. What you explained there sounds equally as pointless and stupid as all the other problems I've managed to identify. What good could come of that historical analysis? What major impact are you hoping to make? Just like most of the humanities faculty, Its trivial, its minutia, its a waste of time, money and effort.
I'm not saying the humanities faculty itself has no meaning or place in academic circles. I'm not saying it doesn't have its strengths. I'm saying that the humanists who suposedly practise it, has lost all sight of those strengths and consequently, all abillity to adequately practise their academic craft.
Untill they abandon this mindless bravado they seem so inclined to, nothing worth while is going to come out of the libral arts.
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#11 - migueldecervantes (10/29/2015) [-]
I definitely agree with most of your points, but... What was that bit about "that historical analysis"?

Don't you think it is important to understand how life was for all kinds of people in history so that we can better understand the effect that certain historical contexts have on every strata of the people in a society?
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#14 - krobeles (10/29/2015) [-]
Well, its not totally pointless, I'll gladly concede that. However, I think its such a small and borderline insignificant bit of historical trivia, that it hardly warrents any extensive academic work.
Furthermore, I suspect sources will be very difficult to come by, nessesitating a herculean amount of work dredging up sources, combing them for discrepancies and so forth.
Even if the persuit was success, at the end of the day, what are we left with?
At the end of the day, women and children made rather trivial contributions to history, up untill relatively resently (historically speaking), so an analysis of their historical relevance will likely turn up with trivial results. I know that the reason why they didn't was largely due "white male patriarchy" or whatever, but thats hardly the thrust of the question at pressent.

I might be unfair. At the end of the day, I'm a physicist, not a historian. Its very likely I'm not really seeing the whole picture, but thats the reason for that statement.
#15 - migueldecervantes (10/29/2015) [-]
You know what? After some thinking, I completely agree with you.

We already have fiction (as in novels, movies, plays, video games, etc.) to deal with the experience of common people, and it is a better medium for it since it deals with counterfactual scenarios instead of historical ones--this, in turn, is much more suited for the level of the individual and how we, as persons, are affected by many different aspects of life (not only historically, but, in a sense, universally).

I think that this is what, in the end, makes us better and wiser human beings, and so, although I strongly believe that a general understanding of world history is a desideratum for any adult person, yet I'll always support the works of Shakespeare, Cervantes and Dostoevsky more.

Thank you for making me think about this.
#9 - migueldecervantes (10/28/2015) [-]
Could you elaborate on business schools being the real enemy of humanities?
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#12 - InglushMayjur (10/29/2015) [-]
It was just a shitty attempt at a joke. If you ask most liberal arts faculty at large universities, they'll have some strong opinions on the business school. Especially if it gets the most funding.
#13 - migueldecervantes (10/29/2015) [-]
Are you... Are you an English Major by any chance, InglushMayjur?
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#16 - InglushMayjur (10/29/2015) [-]
Actually, despite my name, I majored in history (which can be arguably viewed as Applied English).
#74 - Take a single history course on Latin American and you'd find …  [+] (2 replies) 10/28/2015 on What a time to be alive. +1
#94 - anon (10/28/2015) [-]
A myriad of economic, social, and religious factors, like everywhere else?
#109 - anon (10/29/2015) [-]
of course, we can't blame that for everything wrong in our country but atleast we can say its not all our fault.
Also the usa experiment with gonhorrea and sifilys in the 40's with our soldiers.

#22 - It's not a trick, it's an illusion, dammit.  [+] (4 replies) 10/28/2015 on magicians are faggots +52
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#23 - Mecuniv (10/28/2015) [-]
a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone.
#25 - thepandaking (10/28/2015) [-]
It's just a joke from the show that he's so proud of his work that he wants it to sound legitimate and professional. I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously...
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#54 - InglushMayjur (10/29/2015) [-]
Thanks for saving me the trouble of explaining.
#55 - thepandaking (10/29/2015) [-]
anytime <3