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Talks // Coming up // Cafe Sci: Can we make history a scientific discipline?
21 June
Wednesday
7:45pm

Cafe Sci: Can we make history a scientific discipline?

The discipline of History tends to employ narrative descriptions of particular periods and places in the past. Historians, and many in the related disciplines of Anthropology and Archaeology, generally spend a long time gaining in-depth knowledge about their particular specialization, and can be skeptical, if not down-right hostile, to attempts to generalize or extend their findings beyond their own narrow scope of study.


Here Tom will argue that the same kind of comparative techniques routinely used in the natural sciences can be employed to tackle questions relating to human history. To do this we need a suitable theoretical framework and approaches to systematically collecting data that have previously been common.

In this talk Tom will explain new research that shows how evolutionary theory & big data can help build bridges between different disciplines and uncover the patterns of human history and the processes that have shaped the world we live in today.


We do hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. But - you can have too much of a good thing. By Wednesday, why not come inside for some stimulation of the grey cells?


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