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What do 17th century witch-hunts and slander on social media have in common? ”In the 17th century, smart people descended to persecuting others just like people do today on social media. They believed things that couldn’t possibly be true. Mass hysteria led to persecution,” says historian Mirkka Lappalainen. Research makes it possible to identify recurring mechanisms, such as miscalculations to which humans have succumbed throughout the centuries. The value of academic historical research lies in the fact that educated scholars know the importance of a critical approach. #Researchmatters #Siksitiede
”Without research, we will lose our collective memory” | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

Mirkka Lappalainen: Without historical research, Finland will lose its collective memory