“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?
As historians study, compiles and writes events in chronological order or arranged events in the order it came to be, people understood what came before them. Historians are the authority on it that no one ever tried to question what was written but instead we accepted it as facts and from those facts we learned and knew that as time and years go by people could and can change the future.
As clear as the question implies history and human sciences are the two areas of knowledge involved.
Human science was defined as the study and interpretation of the experiences, activities, contracts and artifacts associated with human beings or an attempt to study human behavior in a systematic way1. This includes the areas of psychology, economics, business, anthropology, and sociology2. It was the term applied to the investigation of the human activities by a rational, systematic, and verifiable methodology that acknowledges the validity of data derived by the impartial observation sensory experience3.
History was defined as the study of past events, particularly in human affairs or a continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution4.
Language is defined as the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting the use of words in a structured and conventional way or the system of communication used by a particular community or country5. Language is also the way we understand the world and also the way we express ourselves and allow others to understand us.
Sense perception is defined as the most immediate way of knowing and the first we develop as human beings.6
Emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others or instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge7. Each of us is affected in a different way by our emotions. It is hard to measure and assess and it could help or hinder our success.
Reason is defined as a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event or the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic8.
Imagination is defined as the faculty or action forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses or the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful9. According to Albert Einstein, imagination is more important than knowledge10.
Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something or strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof11. Faith is believing without seeing.
Intuition is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning or a thing that one knows or...