To what extent are our identities determined by who we ourselves think we are verses who others think we are? Timothy Knight, a historian, discusses a phenomenon that is characterized by our inability to view history and our own selves in objective ways simply due to the fact that the fluctuating values of contemporary society influences thought and popular opinion, which in turn molds our perspectives. Knight asserts that the self is not only merely self-perception but also one’s position in a wider network of people, one’s historical and personal discourse about a given culture, and one’s lasting effect on that aforementioned network.
Timothy Knight is a historian whose passion for the past has led him to instill an interest of the world within the youth. Knight's research has lead him to observe various trends regarding networks and "discursive shifts" throughout history.
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