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June 16, 2016

~ A Socratic Discussion of History ~


This being my first report, and given that most history occurred a long time ago I thought it best to offer the brethren an opportunity for a Socratic discussion (Socrates was rumored to be an ill-tempered clamper leading to his early demise) about some of the finer points and terms to think about as we delve into the stories and folklore of our pioneer and gold rush history during my term as your indignant historian.

The more you know about the past the better prepared you are for the future. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

For discussion tonight are the following terms of which all definitions were borrowed from various sources, which will remain uncited for brevity.

History is written by the winners. ~ Napeleon Bonaparte

Societal norms, rules that are enforced by members of a community, can exist as both formal and informal rules of behavior. Informal norms can be divided into two distinct groups: folkways and mores.

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agreed upon. ~ Napeleon Bonaparte

Mores: A set of moral norms or customs derived from generally accepted practices. Mores derive from the established practices of a society rather than its written laws.

History repeats itself, first as trajedy, second as farce. Karl Marx

Folkway: A custom or belief common to members of a society or culture.

If you don't know history then you don't know anything. ~ Michael Crichton

Historiography: the writing of history, especially the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particular details from the authentic materials in those sources, and the synthesis of those details into a narrative that stands the test of critical examination. The term historiography also refers to the theory and history of historical writing.

Those who do not remember the past are condemed to repeat it. ~George Santayana

Anachronism (from the Greek meaning "that don't look right") is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time. The most common type of anachronism is an object misplaced in time, but it may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material/textile, a plant or animal, a custom or anything else associated with a particular period in time so that it is incorrect to place it outside its proper temporal domain.

I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens. ~ Guy Meme

Delivered to the brethren, this date, July 16th, 6021
by "Einstein"
John A. Sutter Chapter clamp-historian