Big History and the Future of Humanity
Big History and the Future of Humanity presents an original theoretical approach that makes “big history” – the placing of the human past within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe -- accessible to general readers while revealing insights into what the future may hold for humanity.
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Chapter Two General Approach
The Emergence of Simple
The Widening Range of Complexity
The Emergence of
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