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The History of our Universe by Big History Project

Introduction to Thresholds of Increasing Complexity | Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 1: The Big Bang | Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 2: The Stars Light Up | Big History Project

 

 
 

Crash Course Big History: Stars & Galaxies

 

 
 

Threshold 3: New Chemical Elements | Big History Project

 

 
 

The Periodic Table: Crash Course Chemistry

 

 
 

Threshold 4: Earth & Solar System | Big History Project

 

 
 

Crash Course Big History: The Solar System & the Earth

 

 
 

What Was The Young Earth Like? | Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 5: Life on Earth Video | Big History Project

 

 
 

Mini Thresholds Of Life | Big History Project

 

 
 

Crash Course Big History: The Origin of Life

 

 
 

How We Proved An Asteroid Wiped Out The Dinosaurs from The Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 6: Humans and Collective Learning | Big History Project

 

 
 

Crash Course Big History: Human Evolution

 

 
 

Migrations and Technological Creativity | Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 7: Agriculture | Big History Project

 

 
 

Where and Why Did the First Cities and States Appear? | Big History Project

 

 
 

Why Did Civilizations Expand? | Big History Project

 

 
 

How Did the World Become Interconnected? | Big History Project

 

 
 

Threshold 8: The Modern Revolution | Big History Project

 

 
 

Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History

 

 
 

How Did Change Accelerate? | Big History Project

 

 

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

 

Backed by stunning illustrations, 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.

We Are All Made of Stardust | George Coyne

We Are All Made of Stardust | George Coyne

 

Did God create the universe? After working through the science of stars and the origin of the universe this is the question that astrophysicist Father George Coyne poses. Merging the hard science of element creation with the religious question, did a divine creator start it all; Father George examines the relation between the two.
 
Mathematician, philosopher, astronomist, Catholic priest and former director of the Vatican Observatory, Father George V. Coyne is a fascinating real-life representation of the paradoxical battle between science and religion. 

AJ Jacobs: The world’s largest family reunion … we’re all invited!

AJ Jacobs: The world’s largest family reunion … we’re all invited!

 

You may not know it yet, but AJ Jacobs is probably your cousin (many, many times removed). Using genealogy websites, he’s been following the unexpected links that make us all, however distantly, related. His goal: to throw the world’s largest family reunion. See you there? 

Epigenetic Transformation: You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: Pamela Peeke

Epigenetic Transformation: You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: Pamela Peeke

 

Dr. Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist, expert and speaker in integrative medicine. Acclaimed as one of America’s top physicians, Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She was the first senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, studying the effects of chronic stress on the human body. She is WebMD’s lifestyle expert, co-host of RadioMD’s HER radio show, and a popular in-studio medical commentator for the national networks and media. 

A New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Peeke’s latest release, The Hunger Fix, is the first consumer book describing the newly emerging science of food, addiction and epigenetics. Dr. Peeke is founder of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living, guiding people through the mental and physical transformations of their life journeys. 

Frederic Kaplan: How I built an information time machine

Frederic Kaplan: How I built an information time machine

 

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Imagine if you could surf Facebook … from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years.

Frederic Kaplan seeks to digitize vast archives of historical information to make maps that move — through time.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

 

Frederic Kaplan is the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the EPFL’s Digital Humanities Lab Director. Kaplan leads the lab in applying computation to humanities research. His latest project is the Venice Time Machine, a collaborative work archiving 80 kilometers of books from throughout 1000 years of Venetician history. The goal of the time machine is to create an information system which can be searched and mapped. Think of it as a Google Maps for time.

 

Kaplan holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University Paris VI. He lives in Switzerland.

 

 

H. Rafael Chacón- What My Genes Tell Me

H. Rafael Chacón- What My Genes Tell Me

 

 

Art Historian H. Rafael Chacón talks about how an academic exercise turned into a personal journey when he had his DNA sequenced by the National Geographic Geno 2.0 project. Rafael is professor of Art History and Criticism in the School of Art at the University of Montana. A specialist on renaissance and baroque art, Rafael teaches a range of topical courses on the history of art and art criticism. His academic interests lie in the ways societies articulate their most profound values through art; in particular he researches, lectures and writes about architectural history and historic preservation.

 

A Time Traveller’s Primer: Ryan North

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Ryan North is the author of the long-running Dinosaur Comics (qwantz.com), the acclaimed Adventure Time comic series (kaboom-studios.com), and the recordbreaking To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure (hamletbook.com) a choose-your-own-path re-imagining of Hamlet. He also coedited the bestselling Machine of Death anthology (machineofdeath.net).

He studied Computational Linguistics at U of T (utoronto.ca). He is 32 years old and lives in Toronto with his wife and dog, Noam Chompsky (chompsky.tumblr.com).

Family is the soil in which we grow the next generation

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

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More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

Pico Iyer’s travel writing chronicles fascinating (and often jarring) examples of cultural mashups. Now he shows how travel can rescue us from our technological distractions.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

Acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel — the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. Since then, he has written ten books, exploring also the cultural consequences of isolation, whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of Tibet or the embargoed society of Cuba.

Iyer’s latest focus is on yet another overlooked aspect of travel: how can it help us regain our sense of stillness and focus in a world where our devices and digital networks increasing distract us? As he says: “Almost everybody I know has this sense of overdosing on information and getting dizzy living at post-human speeds. Nearly everybody I know does something to try to remove herself to clear her head and to have enough time and space to think. … All of us instinctively feel that something inside us is crying out for more spaciousness and stillness to offset the exhilarations of this movement and the fun and diversion of the modern world.”

“[Iyer] writes the kind of lyrical, flowing prose that could make Des Moines sound beguiling.”  Los Angeles Times