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By Fred Spier

Big heritage and the way forward for Humanity provides an unique theoretical method that makes “big historical past” – the putting of the human previous in the historical past of existence, the Earth, and the Universe -- obtainable to common readers whereas revealing insights into what the longer term could carry for humanity.

  • Provides an available and unique review of the full sweep of heritage that locations human heritage in the historical past of existence, the Earth, and the Universe
  • Features an unique conception of “big historical past” and is the reason all of background and opens up a wholly new interdisciplinary learn schedule
  • Offers new insights into the way forward for humanity through larger figuring out the past
  • Presents a brand new method of complexity reports, which takes under consideration the best galaxy clusters in addition to the tiniest sub-atomic particles

Chapter 1 creation to special historical past (pages 1–17):
Chapter 2 normal procedure (pages 18–40):
Chapter three Cosmic Evolution: The Emergence of straightforward sorts of Complexity (pages 41–61):
Chapter four Our Cosmic local: The Emergence of larger Complexity (pages 62–81):
Chapter five lifestyles in the world: The Widening variety of Complexity (pages 82–110):
Chapter 6 Early Human background: The Emergence of the best identified Complexity (pages 111–137):
Chapter 7 contemporary Human historical past: the improvement of the best recognized Complexity (pages 138–188):
Chapter eight dealing with the long run (pages 189–205):

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Yet this is very difficult in practice. For how would we rate the different aspects and which equations would we use? What would count for more: a greater variety of building blocks, more and more varied connections, or perhaps a longer and more varied sequence? Right now, I find it impossible to rate all these aspects in a way that would allow us to compute levels of complexity reliably. If possible at all, achieving such a goal even in terms of a first order approach could well constitute an entire research agenda.

This raises the profound question of whether such regularities can be detected at all. Whereas many traditional accounts of human history consist of major events that are placed within a chronological time frame, I am following the approach to history in which important processes play a major role. These include the agrarian revolution, state formation, globalization and industrialization. Within these larger processes, a great many smaller-scale processes can be distinguished, such as the establishment of the Catholic Church in colonial Peru (which I studied myself in more detail).

The emergence of life, for instance, must have required a continuous energy flow. But also stars need an energy flow to come into being, while the same happened to planets and galaxies, as we will see in the coming chapters. As soon as complexity has emerged, it depends on its nature whether energy is required to keep it going. Some forms of lifeless complexity are close to thermodynamic equilibrium, which means that in the prevailing circumstances very little spontaneous change occurs. Rocks swinging through empty space, for instance, do not need an energy flow to keep more or less the same shape for long periods of time, as long as they are not disturbed by outside events.

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