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ISBN:
1444339435
Author:
Fred Spier
Category:
Humanities
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
Pages:
288 pages
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Fred Spier is a real pioneer in Global History (Big History, World History).

Fred Spier is a real pioneer in Global History (Big History, World History). This is an updated, Dutch translation of the original English work The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today, 1996. species we've forced to die and suffer from it).

Big History and the Future of Humanity. Senior Lecturer Big History emeritus, University of AmsterdamПодписчиков: 1 тыс.

Offers new insights into the future of humanity by better understanding the past.

Easy to read and it places the scientific area of importance on various fields that should be considered when drawing conclusions or looking for more reference material. This book can serve as an acceptable introduction to what is called "big history," that is the time line from the big bang to contemporary humanity. But it is also dangerous for students unless accompanied by texts going deeper into human history and its fundamental drivers, such as On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail (2008).

Thankfully, Fred Spier disagrees. We consume much more energy than we produce, and the kind of energy we consume is moving us out of the Goldilocks zone. His path-breaking Big History and the Future of Humanity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) succeeds in sketching the story of everything from the origins of the universe to the reason my son’s ice cream is gone. That’s something to think about, and maybe even do something about.

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Offers new insights into the future of humanity by better understanding the past Fred Spier is Senior Lecturer in Big History at the University of Amsterdam and also teaches Big History at th. . Fred Spier is Senior Lecturer in Big History at the University of Amsterdam and also teaches Big History at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is the author of Religious Regimes in Peru (1994), San Nicolás de Zurite (1995), and The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today (1996).

Big History and the Future of Humanity presents an original theoretical approach that makes “big history” – the placing of the human past within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe -- accessible to general readers while revealing insights into what the future may hold for humanity. Provides an accessible and original overview of the entire sweep of history that places human history within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe Features an original theory of “big history” which explains all of history and opens up an entirely new interdisciplinary research agenda Offers new insights into the future of humanity by better understanding the past Presents a new approach to complexity studies, which takes into account the greatest galaxy clusters as well as the tiniest sub-atomic particles
  • Ynneig
I am not sure if the urge to unify all natural and cultural developments since the Big Bang will yield meaningful results. Never the less, the book offers a compact and fairly complete overview of many of the fields of science. Even so the author is a member of the 'non-natural' sciences (history), he has done an excellent job making himself familiar with - and obviously even understanding - the intricacies of the 'natural' sciences he outlines. I enjoyed his book very much!
  • Gavirim
Imaginative thinking, finding an excellent balance between analysis and synthesis of large scale/long term developments and relevant details. In dispensable reading for sociologists and historians.
  • Wafi
Easy to read and it places the scientific area of importance on various fields that should be considered when drawing conclusions or looking for more reference material.
  • Beanisend
The Capacity to Govern: A Report to the Club of RomeOn Deep History and the Brain

This book can serve as an acceptable introduction to what is called "big history," that is the time line from the big bang to contemporary humanity. But it is also dangerous for students unless accompanied by texts going deeper into human history and its fundamental drivers, such as On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail (2008).
Related is the rather mono-dimensional emphasis on interaction with the environment, however important, without serious penetration into other deep drivers of human history, such as religions (as illustrated by Karl Jasper's Axial Age theory), violence (see Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis, Barry R. Weingast, Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History , 2009), and evolving political institutions and the future-shaping choices they are sometimes making (see S. E. Finer, The History of Government, 1997, and Francis Hukuyama, The Origins of Political Order, 2011).
These weaknesses find their fullest expression is the discussion of main problems facing humanity at present, with surprising neglect of the fundamental break in human history caused by increasing acquisition by humanity of the power to shape its future, including self-destruction or creation of a superior specie, as supplied by bio-technology and "thinking machines (see Bill Joy, "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us," Wired, Issue 8.04, (April 2000), 238-262), as contrasted, for instance, with possible physical limits on increases in human intelligence (see Douglas Fox, "The Limits of Intelligence," Scientific American, Vol. 305, No. 1 (July 2011), 20-27).
In short, while dealing with "long history" this book tends in some respects to be superficial - a weakness shared by nearly all texts presuming to discuss "long history". A text combining "long" with "deep" history is still missing while being urgently needed.

Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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