“The historian’s task is to understand the past; the human scientist, by contrast, is looking to change the future.” To what extent is this true in these areas of knowledge?
Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt
November 13 2013
May 2014 Exam Session
Word Count: 1600
Humans have come to accept that History by mere definition is the exploration and study of history whereas the Human Sciences are defined as the in depth study of social, biological and cultural aspects of human beings. As humans we have used and accepted this two Areas of Knowledge, to interpret and understand the world around us. History and Human Sciences seek to influence humans through language, reason, and emotion. An assumption is made here that
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Certainly this was true in earlier periods were cultural anthropologists studied communities such as the Incan Empire (El Comercio). This research helped the world and even more so Peruvians understand their country’s past. As a Peruvian I find Peru’s history extraordinarily interesting and mysterious. The Incan Empire itself was one of the most enigmatic periods of my country’s past. Sadly, this information in my perspective, strives to resolve the cultural and social variations amongst different races and communities. Cultural anthropologists seek to use the knowledge found strive to resolve the mysteries that sorround a country’s historical background (Manchester University) . Nonetheless cultural anthropologists now a day, seek into our past to make societies aware of what must and what should not be repeated. Quechua for example was the leading language in Peru through the Incan Empire, but now a day through Peru’s colonization and the existence of discrimination in our country, it is only spoken by roughly ten percent of our population (El Comercio). Cultural Anthropologists use this fact to re-affirm that our country is loosing part of its cultural richness, and thus Quechua must be put into practice in order for Peru to keep having the cultural richness Peru has in the future.
On the contrary, another branch of anthropology called social anthropology studies the conflicts, contradictions, ambiguities and perspectives of the social life and how their