Updated: Aug 9
Ever since the beginning of time, humans have had a tendency to ask questions. Perhaps our most prominent drive throughout our existence has been to philosophize about where we came from, who we are, and where we are going.
The disciplines of science, philosophy, history, biology, mathematics - though mundane to some (exciting to us), attempt to answer these questions. The need to learn about ourselves and our planet is evident as these subjects have been studied for thousands of years and have aided in shaping our world to what we see today (both good and bad).
Let’s consider the definitions of some of these subjects:
Philosophy: a discipline comprising as its core logic, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philosophy).
History: chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes; a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/history).
Science: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/science).
Archaeology: the scientific study of material remains (such as tools, pottery, jewelry, stone walls, and monuments) of past human life and activities (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archaeology).
Mathematics: the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mathematics).
Understanding who we are and what we have done up to this point in time is usually addressed with the discipline of science and history. Science has the ability to address these questions before discovered records such as drawings and writings that provide artifacts which we can study today. The discipline of history picks up where we are able to obtain artifacts (containing records), merging with archaeology to create a scientific approach to history. The question of where we are going nowadays is addressed with the disciplines of converging philosophy, science and mathematics.
Does it seem strange to see discussions of science and mathematics, along with history and archaeology? These subjects may seem separate, and different, however, each one requires the other in order to accomplish goals such as full understanding, research, preservation, and conservation. These disciplines aim to answer the questions that we may have from different perspectives.
Let’s note two additional definitions:
Preservation: the activity or process of keeping something valued alive, intact, or free from damage or decay (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preservation).
Conservation: a careful preservation and protection of something and the preservation of a physical quantity during transformations or reactions (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservation).
Preservation and conservation through the study of all disciplines together helps us to maintain the answers we already have and find new ones that aid in growth as humans through new perspectives. There are many reasons why preservation is important. By learning from our experiences as humans from our history we become stronger, more connected to each other, bring more positive experiences to the world, and even prevent negative ones from repeating.
Through these disciplines our pursuit of exploration and discovery of who we are, where we come from, and how we can be better becomes possible, so that future generations may also want to wander but not be lost.
Historical Lands and Peoples Preservation Organization | HLAPPO
May 27, 2021