Big History and the Future of Humanity by Fred Spier

By Fred Spier

Big historical past and the way forward for Humanity provides an unique theoretical procedure that makes “big historical past” – the putting of the human previous in the heritage of lifestyles, the Earth, and the Universe -- obtainable to normal readers whereas revealing insights into what the long run might carry for humanity.

  • Provides an available and unique evaluation of the full sweep of background that areas human heritage in the heritage of lifestyles, the Earth, and the Universe
  • Features an unique concept of “big heritage” and is the reason all of heritage and opens up a wholly new interdisciplinary study time table
  • Offers new insights into the way forward for humanity via larger knowing the past
  • Presents a brand new method of complexity reviews, which takes under consideration the best galaxy clusters in addition to the tiniest sub-atomic particles

Content:
Chapter 1 advent to important historical past (pages 1–17):
Chapter 2 basic procedure (pages 18–40):
Chapter three Cosmic Evolution: The Emergence of easy sorts of Complexity (pages 41–61):
Chapter four Our Cosmic local: The Emergence of higher Complexity (pages 62–81):
Chapter five lifestyles on the earth: The Widening diversity of Complexity (pages 82–110):
Chapter 6 Early Human background: The Emergence of the best identified Complexity (pages 111–137):
Chapter 7 contemporary Human background: the advance of the best recognized Complexity (pages 138–188):
Chapter eight dealing with the long run (pages 189–205):

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This explains why basic concepts can probably never be defined satisfactorily. In the second place, like almost all scientific terms, matter and energy were first used as everyday concepts. When these concepts began to be employed as scientific terms, their meanings were narrowed, first by specific language and later by mathematical formulas. Although this approach has led to a great many deep insights, one may wonder whether there are limits to the application of terms derived from everyday human experience to either the smallest particles or the largest possible structures in the universe.

Yet through their combined efforts humans have learned to control a considerable portion of the terrestrial biomass, today perhaps as much as between 25 and 40 per cent of it. In other words, thanks to its culture this tiny colony of microorganisms residing on a paint chip has gained control over a considerable portion of that flake. To understand how human societies operate, it is therefore not sufficient to only look at their DNA, their molecular mechanisms and the influences from the outside world.

Whereas the energy flows emitted by stars keep them going, they did not create the overall structure of our galaxy: a large swirling cloud of stars with huge arms. The energy flows that once gave rise to this galactic structure are absent in Chaisson’s calculations. The reason for this is that the structure of our galaxy emerged a long time ago, while today it does not need energy any more to keep going. But this can change. As soon as galaxies collide, a flow of kinetic energy is generated that reshapes them.

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