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Why is it important to study the past? - Douglas Gibson
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AB_SGI_09_DOUGLAS_GIBSON_Q_08
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Douglas Gibson
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41059
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
studypast

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Douglas Gibson answers the question:

'Why do you think it's important to study the past?'

'In our individual lives we learn from experience, and in theory, we should all be learning from the experience of other people who've gone before us from, if you like, mankind. And the famous phrase that 'those who are ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it' is, I think, obviously sensible and true, and the more we're aware of history, and its tides and currents and general pattern, I think the more sensible we can be in planning our own lives and suggesting an appropriate direction for the society in which we happen to live. So, I see history as being a matter that involves and affects the future, rather than the past.'


BIOGRAPHY

Douglas Gibson, born and educated in Scotland, is a graduate of St. Andrews and Yale. He has spent over forty years as an editor and publisher in Canada, working with many of that country's finest writers.

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Why is it important to study the past? - Douglas Gibson

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; studypast;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Douglas Gibson answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'Why do you think it's important to study the past?'<br /> <br /> 'In our individual lives we learn from experience, and in theory, we should all be learning from the experience of other people who've gone before us from, if you like, mankind. And the famous phrase that 'those who are ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it' is, I think, obviously sensible and true, and the more we're aware of history, and its tides and currents and general pattern, I think the more sensible we can be in planning our own lives and suggesting an appropriate direction for the society in which we happen to live. So, I see history as being a matter that involves and affects the future, rather than the past.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Douglas Gibson, born and educated in Scotland, is a graduate of St. Andrews and Yale. He has spent over forty years as an editor and publisher in Canada, working with many of that country's finest writers.<br /> <br /> © Photo by Lois Siegel