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We ignore the past at our peril

To navigate the present, we must heed the lessons of history.
To count the handful of years between the newest and oldest paper on many a citation list is to know that scientists rarely have cause to look back very far. That’s a problem. Research is not just about placing one new brick on top of — or instead of — the last. It is a product, and a shaper, of people, place and society. To navigate that context wisely, the long view is essential.