[SUPPLEMENTAL] #337: History According to Schools, Media and Hollywood


This is my recent appearance on the Greening Out Podcast.

From GreeningOutPodcast.co.uk: "Caity and Dan welcome Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Project to the show.We have a fun and interesting chat about historical research, the great man theory and how history is taught in schools.We go on to talk about historical inaccuracies in movies and what future historians may make of us."

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  1. Caity and I love the intro you’ve done to this Brett. We really enjoyed speaking to you and look forward to doing it again in the future.

  2. Brett, good to see-hear that some young(er)-ish folks are waking up to that weird thing called “history”, that thing that H. Ford said was “Bunk!”. Your interrogation of history by asking about the BASICS, like … what the heck IS IT? … is a good start.

    As an older man who graduated with an “honors BA” in history, it took me way too long to ask some of these more basic questions, especially “Why is this information being produced?” If you ask THAT question of any narrative that’s called “history”, “stuff happens”!

    Along these lines, may I recommend that you listen very carefully to the Red Ice Radio interview with Olav Torheim, the one about LANGUAGE and some significant research coming out of Norway. IMHO, some of the things broached in this interview are a kind of “next step” beyond the Trivium Basics of “Grammar” … in other words, do we actually THINK in “words”, or are “words” merely “addresses” to Mental Models, which are the “stuff” of thinking. In that podcast, Henrik and Olav bring up a book by Frode J. Stromnes, titled “The Fall of the Word and the Rise of the Mental Model”. That book goes into the details and empirical research supporting some of the ideas in the podcast. Pricy book at around $88.00, but for those with a great passion for “intellectual adventure” in the arena of language and mentality … imho it’s a cheap date!

    Keep up the great work! Keep asking those “inconvenient questions” that show the Emperor of Knowledge Authority in all his/hers/its nakedness!


  3. James Corbett has an interesting critique of Adam Curtis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njJz6zrmy_s

    And this, imo, is an outstanding spoof of Curtis’ style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1bX3F7uTrg

    FWIW, for the most part, I am a fan of Curtis’ work.

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