Big History and the Future of Humanity

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 18, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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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.

  • Provides an accessible and original overview of the entire sweep of history that places human history within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe
  • Features an original theory of “big history” which explains all of history and opens up an entirely new interdisciplinary research agenda
  • Offers new insights into the future of humanity by better understanding the past
  • Presents a new approach to complexity studies, which takes into account the greatest galaxy clusters as well as the tiniest sub-atomic particles
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction to Big History
1
Chapter Two General Approach
18
The Emergence of Simple
41
The Emergence
62
The Widening Range of Complexity
82
The Emergence of
111
The Development
138
Chapter Eight Facing the Future
189
Appendix A Short Time Line of Big History
206
Bibliography
239
Index
262
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Fred Spier is Senior Lecturer in Big History at the University of Amsterdam and also teaches Big History at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is the author of Religious Regimes in Peru (1994), San Nicolás de Zurite (1995), and The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today (1996).

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