Cabot Institute talk: Why history matters in the age of climate change
In the face of climate change, historians want to learn from biologists and other scientists about our situation. This enthusiasm has caused some to believe that these disciplines are essentially the same, that history and natural history are one or, an Ian Morris has declared, that history is a subset of biology. But I’m not convinced. My talk discusses some of the ways three branches of biology: paleobiology, microbiology, and biochemistry, describe the human. I will take each in term, and then point to why history is different and why it matters more than ever today as the planet heats up.
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