November 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm #19686
Here’s a fun little Thanksgiving Day sharing, a taste of Deep Time
The history of our world in 18 minutes | David Christian
David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet,
in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity,
set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
Fun trivia, it took 380,000 years for first Hydrogen and Helium nuclei to capture electrons and form stable atoms;
it took another ~199,620,00 years for first star light and creation of more complex atoms.
After viewing the video I looked up David Christian and the “Big History” project he’s developed, pretty fascinating stuff.
Mainly for educators and students, but they do have a section for the public.
WHAT IS BIG HISTORY?
Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. It’s a story about us. An idea that arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. This growing, multi-disciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.
The Big History Project is a joint effort between teachers, scholars, scientists, and their supporters to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge to lifelong learners around the world.
THRESHOLD 1: THE BIG BANG
Beginning at the beginning. As far as we know.
THRESHOLD 2: STARS LIGHT UP
How stars are born.
THRESHOLD 3: NEW CHEMICAL ELEMENTS
How stars forge matter in the Universe.
THRESHOLD 4: EARTH & THE SOLAR SYSTEM
How tasty morsels of gas and rock created our home.
THRESHOLD 5: LIFE ON EARTH
How life evolves, adapts, and thrives.
THRESHOLD 6: COLLECTIVE LEARNING
How humans are different.
THRESHOLD 7: AGRICULTURE
How farming sows the seeds of civilization.
THRESHOLD 8: THE MODERN REVOLUTION
Why change accelerates faster and faster.
This is gonna be fun.
If the football games don’t get you excited, you might like this diversion. :cheese:November 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm #237985
And yes all this is key to understanding our own humanism 🙂November 27, 2018 at 12:00 am #296663
Hmmm, this one is worth pulling up for the holiday season. Anyone want to discuss it?
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