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History Is a Telescope

September 12, 2012

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Computers in the Jungle, Pt. 2.   Continued from The Measure of Stone Age Skulls.  An excerpt from Featherfolk, a work in progress. In the story of humanity, actual history, history as told, history as memory, is as ancient as language.  Yet until quite recently in Western culture, only written sources were accepted for the production of […]

The Measure of Stone Age Skulls

September 10, 2012

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The following is an exerpt from Featherfolk, a work in progress.  Computers in the Jungle:  A Perspective on Civilization Pt 1 Civilized is superior to savage, the rich more important than the poor, and moderns more clever than the prehistoric.  And today—because of the obscure machinations of progress—is much better than yesterday. We may believe […]

Mythic History in a Canadian Classroom

September 13, 2011

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From Featherfolk, a work in progress. * History & Worldview in Education * 1. A Classroom Visit Let’s for a moment visit a fictional social studies classroom in an entirely fictional Canadian school.  Over the classroom door is an inscription: HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORS. On the first day of classes a student asks […]

1.4 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 4 – Deciphering the parable

January 31, 2011

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Dr. Morton and the Parable of the Mustard Seeds The parable of Samuel George Morton—as suggested in the story told in the previous three parts of this essay—shows how theory can shape data. There is no evidence that Dr. Morton consciously fudged the truth.  In the opinion of Stephen J. Gould, Morton published his raw […]

1.3 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 3 — A hall of great skulls

January 31, 2011

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He set himself the job of measuring the interiors of skulls.  You would think it was straight-forward.  Yet somehow Samuel George Morton, rising with a bullet on the hit-parade of nineteenth century American scientists, messed it up utterly. As noted previously. And, looked at forensically, his data had the fingerprints of his own peculiar brand […]

1.2 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 2 – Of Skulls & Glass Slippers

September 16, 2010

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From Featherfolk, a work in progress. “How could sentimentalists and egalitarians stand against the dictates of nature?  Morton had provided clean, objective data based on the largest collection of skulls in the world.”  –Stephen Jay Gould Samuel George Morton had put together a chart which appeared to prove that persons of his own ethnicity had […]

1.1 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed

September 16, 2010

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  From Featherfolk, a work in progress. Part I:  Historical Parables:   Beginning a Discussion of Aboriginal History A.  History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed This book is about Aboriginal people, about Aboriginal history, spoken from the point of view of someone who is himself Aboriginal.  Its argument is two-fold.  One, that what is commonly […]