How do we know what happened in the past?

People know what happened in the past by looking at things from the past including sources (like books, newspapers, and letters) and artifacts (like pottery, tools, and human or animal remains.) Libraries, archives, and museums collect and keep these things for people to study history.

Is there such thing as historical truth?

Historians have to base what we see as truth on whatever sources survive. Historical truth cannot be taken literally because the truth is so untouchable. The word ‘truth’ is false in the historical sense because all ‘truth’ is a matter of perception and personal bias.

Is it possible to describe historical events in an unbiased way?

Is it possible to describe historical events in an unbiased way (IB TOK question)? Not possible because no matter how comprehensive your data on that event, you need to interpret it in order to say why it is historical and why your reader needs to know about it.

What does it mean when someone keeps bringing up the past?

When they are bringing up your past mistakes, they are often talking to themselves about the areas of their lives they think they need to improve but haven’t made progress. If they are not someone you trust, their motives could be to embarrass or control you.

How can I avoid past thoughts?

Use an Interruption Technique. This is where you jolt your mind out of the obsessive pattern by thinking about something else, moving your body around, giving your brain a new task (such as solving a simple math problem), or even singing to interrupt the ruminating on the past. 3. Re-write the story of the past event.

Is past better than present?

Often, past events are recalled with rose-tinted glasses that make those past events seem so much better than anything happening in the present. One possibility is that people experience emotions from the past more strongly than emotions from the present, and so that makes the past seem more intense than the present.