posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 02:48 AM
I don't think historical certainty is really possible. That said, we live in an age with so much shared information that perhaps we have a better
chance of solving certain mysteries than earlier generations did.
The problem with history is that it is always POLITCAL. Very, very few people who dabble in history are truly interested in knowing "the truth."
Most of them have an axe to grind or some ideological point to make, and they twist history to serve their purposes. Even the "Purest" of academics
is bound by the politics of academia, the need to find a mentor to agree with to secure tenure, the need to come up with a new theory to stand out
from the crowd, etc.
Theoretically, if we could really know what was going on would we learn more? Sure, to some extent, I guess. But not that much more. Humans have a
limited capacity for learning and we have enough trouble processing what's right in front of our eyes today, never mind making sense of what happened
500 or 5,000 years ago.