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From Big History to Universal History //Big History is another idea wrecked by darwinian preconceptions

June 1st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-christian/what-is-big-history_b_4661765.html
Big History is an attempt to put history under a rubric that won’t fit, if you wish to do a science of history. But it barely bothers with that and is nevertheless a useful perspective. I used the idea for the fourth edition of WHEE, but only as a broad context for the ‘macro’ effect. And the latter can show us something that is lost in Big History: it is too big for the detail needed for a discussion of evolutionary dynamics. The reason can be seen in the idea of ‘punctuated equilibrium’: something of short duration can be lost to the long duration. In the ‘macro’ effect of WHEE that can prove fatal to understanding ‘how things happen’.

Darwinism endures on the fallacies of Big History: we lose the dynamic to the larger picture: millions of years hid short-acting evolutionary transformtions…

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap4_2.htm: this section of WHEE discusses the relationship of Big History to Universal History;

Big History is another idea wrecked by darwinian preconceptions.

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