How objective do you think you are on a scale from one to ten as a student of history

How objective as a student of history are you?

  • 1. Utterly subjective

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • 2. Subjective

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • 3. A lot more subjective than objective

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 4. Relatively more subjective

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • 5. Slightly more subjective

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • 6. Slightly more objective

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • 7. Relatively more objective

    Votes: 9 25.0%
  • 8. A lot more objective than subjective

    Votes: 8 22.2%
  • 9. Objective

    Votes: 7 19.4%
  • 10. Utterly objective

    Votes: 2 5.6%

  • Total voters
    36
Feb 2014
1,863
Kingdom of the Netherlands
As students of history its important we often evaluate ourselves. So I was wondering how each of you would rate your own abilities to be objective towards the topics that interests you?

1. Utterly subjective (I'll view history through my own lens)
2. Subjective (I have my own vision on history and I'll follow that)
3. A lot more subjective than objective (I usually have a strong bias one way or the other)
4. Relatively more subjective (I do often try to look at history objectively, but I always incline to favour one side over the other)
5. Slightly more subjective (I am able to look at things objectively, but am very much inclined to support one side usually)
6. Slightly more objective (I am trying to look at things objectively, but still do often catch my self on doing the opposite)
7. Relatively more objective (I am still vulnerable to look at history through my own glasses, but always try to be objective)
8. A lot more objective than subjective (I have my own vision on history, but I more often than not let that slide)
9. Objective (I sometimes still incline to support one side more, but force myself to stay objective and usually succeed)
10. Utterly objective (I'll view histroy through a neutral lens no matter what)
 
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Nostromo

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
2,502
Queens
I think this describes me pretty accurately:

6. Slightly more objective (I am trying to look at things objectively, but still do often catch my self on doing the opposite).
 

Lucius

Forum Staff
Jan 2007
16,363
Nebraska
We know from History that feelings can be more dangerous than facts.

It depends; it can be a bit of a wash.
 
Feb 2016
5,049
Atlantic Ocean
i don't understand how history can be viewed subectively.
Best example i can think off is

Rome won the battle against the tribal germans at the rhine

Rome trounced the Hun barbarians at the edge of civilisation

Same thing different meanings
 

Lucius

Forum Staff
Jan 2007
16,363
Nebraska
i don't understand how history can be viewed subectively.
Some reckon that The War of Jenkins Ear was not worth the casualties, and some disagree, and there is no mathematical way to decide who is right, i.e. it's subjective.

That's just one example.
 
Dec 2011
1,304
Best example i can think off is

Rome won the battle against the tribal germans at the rhine

Rome trounced the Hun barbarians at the edge of civilisation

Same thing different meanings
I prefer "the glorious Germanic beacons of civilisation defeated the vile and murderous forces of the twisted Roman Tyranny in the holy forests of our ancestors". So, it's 10 for me. :lol: