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About Brad Harris

Welcome to Context.  I'm Brad Harris.

I earned my PhD at Stanford University in the history of science and technology.  Poised to become a university professor, however, I grew concerned about certain aspects of academia....  

The scholarly emphasis at universities has become esoteric and even cynical.  Big ideas, such as the rise of modern science, democracy, and globalization are overshadowed by narrower studies of things like the politics of emotion and cultural constructions.  Too many professors dwell on what humanity has done wrong at the expense of understanding what is good and what is true in the work of civilization.  Furthermore, I worried that, as a professor, I would spend most of my time influencing only small, privileged groups of university students and colleagues, even while our society as a whole seems in need of historical perspective more than ever.

Podcasting liberates me to engage more inspiring historical ideas with a much wider audience, and Patreon liberates me to connect with you much more directly.

We all want to navigate toward greater prosperity, and we can argue over politics and values all day in the effort, but unless we understand our historical context our discourse will be bloated with bad assumptions and progress will stall.  We owe it to our future to be better historians.

I am deeply grateful to have a growing community of people who value these ideas as much as I do.

Thank you so much,

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