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We currently face unprecedented challenges on a global scale. These problems do not neatly fall into disciplines. They are complicated, complex, and connected. Join us on this epic journey of 13.8 billion years starting at the Big Bang and travelling through time all the way to the future. Discover the connections in our world, the power of collective learning, how our universe and our world has evolved from incredible simplicity to ever-increasing complexity. Experience our modern scientific origin story through Big History and discover the important links between past, current, and future events. You will find two different types of lectures. ‘Zooming In’ lectures from multiple specialists enable you to understand key concepts through the lens of different disciplines, whilst David Christian's ‘Big History Framework’ lectures provide the connective overview for a journey through eight thresholds of Big History....
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Big History, Critical Thinking, & Transdisciplinarity

Welcome to Big History! This is where we use the power of a transdisciplinary perspective to explore broad trends in the grand narrative of 13.8 billion years. In this module you'll learn how Big History works, explore critical-thinking, how we know what we know, and learn about the first "3 Thresholds of Increasing Complexity", milestones around which Big History is organized, starting at the beginning of the Universe, space, time, and everything in existence....
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5 個視頻(共 45 分鐘), 15 個閱讀材料, 2 個測驗
Video5 個視頻
ZOOMING IN: Richard Menary - What is the relationship between historical & scientific explanation?5分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Jenny Duke-Yonge - How do we decide what to believe?9分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - How did our Universe get more complex?14分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - Big History, Critical Thinking, & Transdisciplinarity6分鐘
Reading15 個閱讀材料
Resources10分鐘
Glossary10分鐘
How This Course Works10分鐘
The Big History Forums10分鐘
International Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity10分鐘
The Big History Bonus Points Scheme10分鐘
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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - Starting Out10分鐘
Quiz2 個練習
Big History, Critical Thinking, Transdisciplinarity14分鐘
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The Universe, Stars, and Planets

Our journey across space and time has begun. In this module, in a timeline that covers billions of years, we'll explore the origins of the universe, new stars & elements, and the solar system. You'll have the opportunity to examine cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and geology....
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9 個視頻(共 82 分鐘), 22 個閱讀材料, 2 個測驗
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ZOOMING IN: Quentin Parker - What is the observable evidence for the Big Bang?9分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Quentin Parker - How do we know how stars form?10分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Ian Jamie - Where did the elements come from?6分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Ian Jamie - What is the periodic table?9分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 4 significant?8分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Craig O'Neill - How did the solar system form?17分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Dick Flood - What is our Earth's history and how do we know it?13分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - The Universe, Stars, & Planets4分鐘
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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - From the Inanimate Universe to Life10分鐘
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The Universe, Stars, and Planets24分鐘
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The Evolutionary Epic

Travel through the evolutionary epic from the origin of life c.3.8 billion years ago, the evolution of complex forms after c.550 million years ago, to the evolution of some very odd primates - humans. Zoom in and explore evolutionary biology, geology, palaeontology, and anthropology....
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8 個視頻(共 72 分鐘), 21 個閱讀材料, 2 個測驗
Video8 個視頻
ZOOMING IN: Michael Gillings - Where did life come from?7分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Simon George - How do we get dates for Earth's history?13分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Michael Gillings - How does evolution work?9分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Glenn Brock - How do palaeontologists study the history of life?10分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 6 important?8分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Greg Downey - Why did our ancestors evolve such unusual abilities?11分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - The Evolutionary Epic2分鐘
Reading21 個閱讀材料
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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - The "Two Cultures" Meet10分鐘
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The Evolutionary Epic30分鐘
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Human History

After billions of years of cosmic evolution, our own rather peculiar species has emerged to cultivate even greater heights of increasing complexity. In this module, we will explore the long trend of human development from the origin of our species c.200,000 years ago to the eve of the Industrial Revolution. You will explore archaeology, paleography, and ancient, medieval, and early modern history....
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7 個視頻(共 61 分鐘), 15 個閱讀材料, 2 個測驗
Video7 個視頻
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 7 important?11分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Susanne Binder - Where did writing come from?9分鐘
CASE STUDY: Susanne Binder - Reading Hieroglyphs3分鐘
ZOOMING IN: Peter Edwell - What were the Silk Roads?12分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - What were the main changes in agrarian civilizations?11分鐘
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - Human History3分鐘
Reading15 個閱讀材料
Resources10分鐘
Timeline10分鐘
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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - Collective Learning's "Snowball Effect"10分鐘
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Human History20分鐘
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創建者 BGJan 7th 2016

Finally! A creation myth based on evidence and multiple scientific disciplines for all humans is here! The time for stories based on speculation and superstition for the chosen group is finally over.

創建者 MSAug 1st 2017

Very informative, cross and inter-disciplinary course. Lot of effort is put into formulating and developing the course. Thanks for all the people who have contributed to run the course successfully.

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David Christian

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Big History Institute

David Baker

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Big History Institute

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Macquarie is a hub of inspired and unconstrained thinking. Macquarie was founded with a unique purpose: to bring minds together unhindered by tradition. Created to challenge the education establishment, Macquarie has a rich track record of innovation. Macquarie actively shapes the complex issues that define the future of humanity....

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