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Big History is scientifically enhanced world history with some interesting insights

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 06:16 PM




 
Introduction to Big History



I happened to see an article in the NYTimes that featured Bill Gates personal interest and fascination with a course put together by David Christian, a professor from Austrailia, that seeks to teach the context of modern education's multitude of data silos into one comprehensive narrative.

Basically, Christian thinks of the history of the cosmos as we've put it together involves a lot of goldilocks moments that, in aggregate, run counter to the concept of entropy - the idea that things are constantly falling apart.

Rather than I trying to explain it, view the first video, which is from TED in 2011. If that intrigues you, the second video - about an hour and half, was shot in January of this year at Oxford (in England). For those interested in the role of God in this narrative, Christian, while acknowledging Big History's scope, which begins with the big bang and explains the science as we understand it (bringing cosmology and other scientific disciplines together to explain how we got to this place in time) notes only that this origin story is the only one not rooted in the regional stories of the various religions. He notes that there are scientists who are believers. There are other big-history bits on youtube that discuss religion as well.



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