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This page, unlike the 'travel' pages, is devoted to look at why the world appears the way that it does, rather than simply how it looks. As my book mentions at some length, the notion of history is not a fixed, perennial and immutable concept. Like time itself, it is somewhat artificial and therefore maleable - and apt to be construed or misconstrued according to one's intentions. Tied in with the scientific developments of 16th century Europe, history and its sibling 'progress' were used as a justification for wide social and political changes.

At a personal level, one person's concept of history can easily be another's fiction. Witness the division between scientists and creationists as an example. Then there is the relationship between the individual and his or her experiences, which has provided a livelihood for priests, psychologists and lawyers - amongst others - for even longer. This is because we take certain concepts - including people, places and events - for granted, as though they were fixed and immutable. In fact, reality shows quite the opposite.

My book incorporates a timeline that demonstrates this point somewhat more precisely. Everything notion that we currently take for granted - religion, history, time, causality, logic, individuality, psychology, and so on - has emerged at some point in the past, only to be presented and ingrained into each of us as something palpable and real. Within this context, history is not (just) a matter of people, places and events - it is a matter of the realities that surrounded them.

Readers should note that a search-engine for biographies is located here.

LINKS The past?

THE FUTURE The future?

Using the commonly-held notions of time and its implications, if we have a past then we must have a future - and this section is devoted to it. Most of the links centre around the forthcoming millenium, but I will add more wide-ranging links as I find them.




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