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Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

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48 Lectures

1
Image of What Is Big History?
What Is Big History?
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2
Image of Moving across Multiple Scales
Moving across Multiple Scales
0 of 30 min
3
Image of Simplicity and Complexity
Simplicity and Complexity
0 of 29 min
4
Image of Evidence and the Nature of Science
Evidence and the Nature of Science
0 of 30 min
5
Image of Threshold 1—Origins of Big Bang Cosmology
Threshold 1—Origins of Big Bang Cosmology
0 of 31 min
6
Image of How Did Everything Begin?
How Did Everything Begin?
0 of 30 min
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Image of Threshold 2—The First Stars and Galaxies
Threshold 2—The First Stars and Galaxies
0 of 31 min
8
Image of Threshold 3—Making Chemical Elements
Threshold 3—Making Chemical Elements
0 of 29 min
9
Image of Threshold 4—The Earth and the Solar System
Threshold 4—The Earth and the Solar System
0 of 29 min
10
Image of The Early Earth—A Short History
The Early Earth—A Short History
0 of 30 min
11
Image of Plate Tectonics and the Earth's Geography
Plate Tectonics and the Earth's Geography
0 of 31 min
12
Image of Threshold 5—Life
Threshold 5—Life
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Darwin and Natural Selection
Darwin and Natural Selection
0 of 30 min
14
Image of The Evidence for Natural Selection
The Evidence for Natural Selection
0 of 30 min
15
Image of The Origins of Life
The Origins of Life
0 of 31 min
16
Image of Life on Earth—Single-celled Organisms
Life on Earth—Single-celled Organisms
0 of 29 min
17
Image of Life on Earth—Multi-celled Organisms
Life on Earth—Multi-celled Organisms
0 of 31 min
18
Image of Hominines
Hominines
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19
Image of Evidence on Hominine Evolution
Evidence on Hominine Evolution
0 of 30 min
20
Image of Threshold 6—What Makes Humans Different?
Threshold 6—What Makes Humans Different?
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21
Image of Homo sapiens—The First Humans
Homo sapiens—The First Humans
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22
Image of Paleolithic Lifeways
Paleolithic Lifeways
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23
Image of Change in the Paleolithic Era
Change in the Paleolithic Era
0 of 31 min
24
Image of Threshold 7—Agriculture
Threshold 7—Agriculture
0 of 30 min
25
Image of The Origins of Agriculture
The Origins of Agriculture
0 of 29 min
26
Image of The First Agrarian Societies
The First Agrarian Societies
0 of 31 min
27
Image of Power and Its Origins
Power and Its Origins
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Early Power Structures
Early Power Structures
0 of 30 min
29
Image of From Villages to Cities
From Villages to Cities
0 of 32 min
30
Image of Sumer—The First Agrarian Civilization
Sumer—The First Agrarian Civilization
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31
Image of Agrarian Civilizations in Other Regions
Agrarian Civilizations in Other Regions
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32
Image of The World That Agrarian Civilizations Made
The World That Agrarian Civilizations Made
0 of 31 min
33
Image of Long Trends—Expansion and State Power
Long Trends—Expansion and State Power
0 of 31 min
34
Image of Long Trends—Rates of Innovation
Long Trends—Rates of Innovation
0 of 31 min
35
Image of Long Trends—Disease and Malthusian Cycles
Long Trends—Disease and Malthusian Cycles
0 of 29 min
36
Image of Comparing the World Zones
Comparing the World Zones
0 of 31 min
37
Image of The Americas in the Later Agrarian Era
The Americas in the Later Agrarian Era
0 of 30 min
38
Image of Threshold 8—The Modern Revolution
Threshold 8—The Modern Revolution
0 of 30 min
39
Image of The Medieval Malthusian Cycle, 500–1350
The Medieval Malthusian Cycle, 500–1350
0 of 28 min
40
Image of The Early Modern Cycle, 1350–1700
The Early Modern Cycle, 1350–1700
0 of 29 min
41
Image of Breakthrough—The Industrial Revolution
Breakthrough—The Industrial Revolution
0 of 32 min
42
Image of Spread of the Industrial Revolution to 1900
Spread of the Industrial Revolution to 1900
0 of 30 min
43
Image of The 20th Century
The 20th Century
0 of 33 min
44
Image of The World That the Modern Revolution Made
The World That the Modern Revolution Made
0 of 32 min
45
Image of Human History and the Biosphere
Human History and the Biosphere
0 of 32 min
46
Image of The Next 100 Years
The Next 100 Years
0 of 31 min
47
Image of The Next Millennium and the Remote Future
The Next Millennium and the Remote Future
0 of 30 min
48
Image of Big History—Humans in the Cosmos
Big History—Humans in the Cosmos
0 of 32 min

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s********m
June 28, 2018
Pretty good but too repetitive, the lecturer typically makes each point three or four times, previews then reviews each lecture, and repeats information from previous lectures. The result is a lack of depth and many foregone opportunities to include more interesting data. Overall good, but could have been much richer.

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t********m
May 21, 2018
Wonderful set of lectures!

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d********m
March 3, 2018

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