How Do We Know Which Historical Accounts Are True?

The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy, by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1773) / National Gallery, Wikimedia Commons Oral traditions provide valuable information, and proper historiography can discern as much likely truth as possible in combination with other sources. By Dr. Stephen E. Nash / 09.21.2018 Archaeologist and Historian of Science Denver Museum of Nature & Science It[…]

What Hundreds of American Libraries Owe to Carnegie’s Disdain for Inherited Wealth

One reason why the steel magnate spent so much of his fortune building libraries across the nation and abroad is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money. The same ethos that turned Andrew Carnegie into one of the biggest philanthropists of all time made him a fervent[…]

Rich and Poor: Economic Thought from Thomas Aquinas to John Locke and Adam Smith

Starting with the medieval poor/rich-topics in the Aquinian tradition of the theological economy of charity, following a relatively unknown line of thought. Introduction In pre-classical economics, division of income was traditionally represented as an antithesis of rich and poor. Specific income classes were only defined in “classical” economics: landed property owners drew rents, capital investors[…]

Indigenous Basket-Weaving as an Excellent Digital Math Lesson

Academic disciplines such as mathematics can contribute through community-led partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Public universities across Canada are committed to addressing the calls to action included in the final report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). There is a general expectation that academic institutions and faculty members across the country will contribute to this[…]

Ethnicity, Labor and Indigenous Populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon since 1822

Indigenous people in Ecuador’s Amazonian region (the Oriente) lived outside of modern markets and political systems until around 40 years ago. Abstract According to most recent research, Indians in Ecuador’s Amazonian region (the Oriente) lived outside of modern markets and political systems until around 40 years ago. But this view obscures the essential role of[…]