Great Quotation about the Value of History

From Brian Christian’s The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive – but actually not terribly relevant to the subject of the book at hand. On the value of history:

I was detachedly roaming the Internet, but there was nothing interesting happening in the news, nothing interesting happening on Facebook . . . I grew despondent, depressed – the world used to seem so interesting . . . But all of a sudden it dawned on me, as if the thought had just occurred to me, that much of what is interesting and amazing about the world did not happen in the past twenty-four hours. How had this fact slipped away from me? (Goethe: “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth.”)

Anyways, I’ll probably see what my students in HIST 250: The Art and Craft of History think about this idea in the Fall.

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