J. V. Siry, Ph.D.
“Only human beings have evolved a sense of history, and a sense that history matters."
"History…is the principle record of human cultural evolution and how our species became a force of nature."
" We bring to history the preconceptions of our personalities and of our age [era or generation]?
"...can help both to inform the present, and to construct a better future.”
History as cultural transmission across generations:
"As we said, human beings have evolved the capacity to carry culture across generations to an unprecedented degree, and the forces that shape us re thus, in part, of our own making. The paradox is that cultural stickiness, that 'carrying forward by individuals and groups, seems to be highly beneficial, at least over certain periods, whereas at other times cultural continuity can lead to disaster."
Cultural continuity can be good but also lead to disaster
Cultural stickiness (social lag or cultural drag)
persistent reinforcement of actions, in spite of their consequences
“failure to change in response to an altered environment”
“Consideration of any significant aspect of history shows that numerous levels of analysis are usually necessary to get a reasonable grasp of causes and consequences.”
"Nonetheless there are broad evolutionary patterns in humanity's non-genetic information just as there are in its genetic information."