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History is the study and interpretation of the record of sophonts and their societies and civilizations. By definition events lacking a record are peripheral to historical studies (see Paleontology, Xenopaleontology), even if they involve sophont life. Before the first contacts with To'ul'hs and other sophonts with a historical record, history reached only as far back as the beginning of the Agricultural Age on Old Earth. Terragen history therefore presently extends for more than fourteen thousand years, most of that being under the dominion of the Archailects.

Non-Terragen history extends back some hundreds of thousands of years in the case of species like the To'ul'hs, or for tens of millions of years in the case of such species as the Muuh. Because of difficulties involving fragmentary records and the interpretation of xenosophont languages and psychology, some Terragen experts have considered non-Terragen history to be a field within Xenology and do not regard it as history proper.

 
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  • 254 Gamma Titania  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Early Second Federation hyperturing historian (Gamma Titania, Metasoft).
  • Age  - Text by Mark Ryherd
    A historical or geological unit of time, shorter than eon, era or epoch.
  • AT (After Tranquility)  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    AT (also A.T. or a.t.): After Tranquillity. Any date after July 20, 1969 c.e. or AD in the Gregorian calendar, and Armstrong Day, 0 AT in the later Tranquillity Calendar
  • BT (Before Tranquility)  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    BT (also B.T. or b.t.): Before Tranquility. Any date before the first landing of Terragens on another celestial body, when the Apollo 11 mission achieved touchdown on the Old Earth's Moon. This was July 20, 1969 c.e. or AD in the Gregorian calendar, and Armstrong Day, 0 AT in the later Tranquility Calendar.
  • Calendars and Timekeeping  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Accurate synchronisation of clocks in a universe dominated by Special Relativity is quite literally impossible.
  • Chronologist  - Text by John B
    A being skilled in the lore of the various methods sophonts have and continue to use in the keeping of time and history.
  • Civilization  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sophont or transingularitan collective society, usually with development of agriculture, arts, sciences, technology, sentient rights, infrastructure, social services, and so on.
  • Classical Age - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    In some usages, a generic term for Old Earth's early to middle Agricultural Age (bronze age and iron age) civilizations. Also used at times for civilizations on Old Earth or in Solsys prior to the Nanodisaster. Sometimes this term is used to refer to a civilization's local antecedents, especially in cases where technologies or social complexity have advanced over time.
  • Cliology  - Text by Michael Beck
    AI-based nanosurveillance, which became the basis of an exact historical record-taking, and later of simulation of conditions for which there were not any direct records.
  • Deletionism  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    The belief that Terragenkind would be better off if some, most, or even all records of the past were erased or overwritten.
  • Era - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] Two or more geological periods. An era may be hundreds of millions of years in duration, and is defined by particular geological or biological processes.
    [2] An extended historical, or even galactic, period of time, that is characterized by particular historical, astronomical, or even cosmological events.
  • Fellowship of Independent Historians  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    An organization devoted to discovering and publishing historical facts from primary sources.
  • Ferjik, Ken  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Historian, artist and game designer, 75-166 AT. Regarded as the father of true virtual universities.
  • Galactic History  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Branch of science and school of philosophy dealing with the history of mindkind in the Galaxy as a whole.
  • Glossary  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
    Words used in the Orion's Arm scenario
  • Heterochronic Socio-History - Text by Mike Parisi and John B
    Study of history and historical sociology that involves interactions between minds of different subjective time-rates
  • Historian - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One who studies any aspect of history. Historians may belong to any race, clade, phyle or toposophic. Since the field of study is as vast as the mindkind emself, most historians specialise in specific areas of history.
  • Historians' Association (AI) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Biont term for an important association of Diamond Network 2nd singularity hyperturings, interested in archailectological history. Their findings are regularly posted on the Known Net, and are freely available to sophonts of any metaempire, provided they have the right translation software.
  • Historical Diaconcentrism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The tendency for the peripheral regions to be historically and technologically backward - "living fossils" - in relation to the inner sphere (owing to the amount of transit time - usually many centuries - required to get there). Moving from the core to the periphery is in a sense like moving back in time. This phenomenon breaks down as the outer volume worlds develop their own cultures and civilisations.
  • Historico-Sociomorphotypal Criticism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Social Science that deals with the understanding and analysis of the morphotypic, social, and cultural characteristics and evolution of a clade, culture, memeplex, or polity; used to distinguish the real meaning from the apparent and usually popular literal or superficial interpretation. An important element in historical and cliological reconstructions.
  • History - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Study of the recorded past according to written or digital records and cliological simulation. Among the many subdivisions are ai, alternative, archailect, art, comparative, cyber, galactic, linguistic, memetic, military, political, religious, science, social, virtual, xenosophont, and consideration of specific historical periods, specific clades or cultures, specific worlds or solar systems, specific chronometrics (nanosecond-history, etc) and toposophic levels (e.g. history of 3rd singularity minds, etc).
  • History and Evolution of the AIs  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Ben Higginbottom, Anders Sandberg, and John B
    The emergence of the first Artificially Intelligent entities. A short Potted history of the evolution of the AIs from machine to transapient.
  • History of Interplanetary and Interstellar War  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A brief history of war on the interplanetary and interstellar scale within the Terragen Sphere.
  • Megacorporations, The History of  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Anders Sandberg
    A brief history of the megacorps.
  • Metric Year  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One Earth (or Lunar) year, used by some polities and clades as a galactic standard measurement of time (however the Coronese, Edenese and other Years are often used as well or instead). Also referred to as the standard year.
  • Old Earth  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic term used to designate Earth before the Great Expulsion. As well as the literal meaning, and the reference to Terragen origins and ancient baseline history, the term has various other associated nuances, from the ridiculous or exaggerated to the romantic or sublime, including lost paradise, fool's opportunity, pre-archaiocractic human supremacy, unmoderated baseline civilization (positive or negative, depending on context and clade), natural evolution, and so on.
  • Pax Archailectica  - Text by Mark Ryherd
    The long period of stability and peace experienced between the Sephirotic Empires
  • Period  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Mark Ryherd
    In geology, originally the basic unit of geological time in which a single type of rock system is formed. In history, a long span of time characterized by a particular set of political, cultural, military, or technological traits.
  • Polemovore - Text by Anders Sandberg
    A creature that eats war, or more specifically the self-replicating weapons left behind advanced wars. They were postulated as an explanation of why the whole universe has not been overrun by autowars or turned into strange matter viruses by now.
  • Polity  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An organized society; a state or quasistate; any form of politico-social organization.
  • Post-ComEmp Period - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic name for the almost five thousand years of Terragen history since the break up of the ComEmp.
  • Post-Expulsion Period - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic name for the eight thousand years of terragen history since the expulsion by the nascent archailect GAIA of all but a few sophonts from Earth.
  • Renaissance Event  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A flowering of artistic creativity, scientific discovery, technology and trade, together with some significant changes in the operation of personal culture, and a political ferment. There is typically a "rediscovery" of some older cultural models and information or an influx of new foreign ideas, or both, and usually an upsurge in local population. A renaissance event often sets the pattern for future cultural development in ages to follow.
  • Rise of the Archailects, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Anders Sandberg, Todd Drashner and Steve Bowers
    The history of the emergence of the Archailects, from the First Singularity to the emergence of new gods in the Outer Volumes Era.
  • Sabinian Kalyptism  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Form of kalyptism that asserts all stable civilizations eventually disintegrate, according to specific variables.
  • Significant Cultural Impacts in the Terragen Sphere  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    Some of the most important events which have had a significant impact on the Terragen Sphere.
  • Standard Year  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One Earth (or Lunar) year, used by some polities and clades as a galactic standard measurement of time (however the Coronese, Edenese and other Years are often used as well or instead).
  • Technology Timeline  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Some technological events and discoveries of importance.
  • Technosphere - Text by Mitchell Porter in Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Terminology
    [1] An expanding sphere of civilization/technology, spreading outwards using von Neumann Probes or simple colonization. Judging from how most life behaves, it will gradually restructure matter and energy inside itself in various ways.
    [2] The totality of AI-ruled space.
  • Terragen  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Any biont, ai, or any other entity, clade, species, or group that either originated on Earth or, more generally, can trace eir ultimate origin and ancestry back to Earth; or any civilization, empire, polity or organization created or maintained by terragen sentients.
  • Tranquility Calendar, The  - Text by Jeff Siggins, adapted by Steve Bowers
    Calendar first used on Earth's Moon, then adopted throughout the Terragen Sphere.
  • Uploading technology, The Early History of   - Text by Steve Bowers
    The early history of Simms, Scions, Evocations, Destructive Uploading, and Copying.
  • Vanishment   - Text by Stephen Inniss
    Complete erasure of an entity from history and common memory. Possible within a virch that has no external records, or wherever personal memories may be accessed and revised by some central body and external records are not present. It is commonly believed that in the Civilized Galaxy in the modern era cases are rare and voluntary, but this was not true in the past and is not true elsewhere. The true extent of this practice is not known since successful Vanishment does not leave any record of whoever or whatever was erased.
 
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Text by Stephen Inniss

Initially published on 31 December 2007.