History and Memory:
What Does the Mind/Brain/Nervous System Have to Do With It?

Working Notes for a Joint Paper?
Center for Science in Society Brown Bag Series
Elliott Shore and Paul Grobstein
October 26, 2004

The issues/problems ... as seen by an historian

History as ...

Historians accused of

Historians, humans in general, given to "nostalgia"?

"a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition" From Don's talk History has some kind of relation to human memory. Its worth examining that from the perspective of neurobiology/cognitive science to see whether it can shed useful light on meaning/issues/future directions of history.

Relevant(?) pieces of neurobiology/cognitive science

Implications

Some useful references:

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