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You go to the cosmologists and ask how they tell the history of the universe; you go to the geologists, how do they tell the…
We, as extremely complex creatures, desperately need to know this story of how the universe creates complexity and why complexity means vulnerability and fragility.
Unfortunately, historians have become so absorbed in detailed research that they have tended to neglect the job of building larger-scale maps of the past.
Modern scientific knowledge appeared piecemeal. Historians wrote about human history; physicists tackled the material world; and biologists studied the world of living organisms. But there…
In literature classes, you don’t learn about genes; in physics classes you don’t learn about human evolution. So you get a fragmented view of the…
I had this feeling that, somehow, we ought to be teaching not just the history of particular nations or particular regions, but the history of…
I believe human beings mark a threshold in the development of the planet, of course, but it is only part of the picture. What Big…
Humans are remarkable: the first species in almost four billion years of life on earth that dominates the biosphere. This gives us the power, in…
Every kid goes to school full of questions about meaning. You know, ‘What’s my place in the universe? What does it mean to be a…
Our goal is to see Big History become a normal part of high school curricula. I’d love to see it being taught in lots of…
What we normally define as history doesn’t interest me. It’s a constraint.
I think what I was after was a unifying story that could bring everything together, that could give me a sense of the whole of…
Learning to domesticate the horse was a sort of energy revolution.
Gravity is more powerful where there’s more stuff.
Big History studies the history of everything, offering a way of making sense of our world and our role within it.
All religions, all indigenous traditions, all origin stories provide a large map of where you are.
When very large stars die, they create temperatures so high that protons begin to fuse in all sorts of exotic combinations, to form all the…
If historians don’t tell stories at the scales of creation myths, someone else will.
Living organisms are created by chemistry. We are huge packages of chemicals.
An egg is a beautiful, sophisticated thing that can create even more sophisticated things, such as chickens. And we know in our heart of hearts…
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