Big History in its Cosmic Context
- PhilosophyJournal of Big History
Current models of Big History customarily take the observed increases over cosmic time of material-energetic complexity as their central concept. In this paper, we use Erich Jantsch’s pioneering…
DEEP FUTURE of BIG HISTORY : Cultural Evolution , Technoculture , and Omega Civilization
This work attempts to construct a useful model for understanding the human deep future, and explores the potential deep futures of intelligence, and extrapolate towards two hypothetical versions of an “Omega Civilization”: Expansion and Transcension.
Time-scale construction and periodizing in Big History: From the Eocene-Oligocene boundary to all of the past
The Ancona Penrose Conference of October 2007 dealt with the current state of understanding of the late Eocene and the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, ~34 million years ago, a critical but very brief…
What Future for the Anthropocene? A Biophysical Interpretation
- Environmental Science
The Anthropocene is a proposed time subdivision of the earth’s history correlated with the strong perturbation of the ecosystem created by human activity. Much debate is ongoing about what date…
Cosmic Evolutionary Philosophy and a Dialectical Approach to Technological Singularity
This paper seeks to reframe the human position and relationship to such processes by approaching technological singularity from the internal subjective view of the conscious ideational landscape of human mind in-itself via the triadic logic of negative dialectics.
Towards a Big Historical Understanding of the Symbolic-Imaginary
Big history is the most ambitious theoretical study today because it attempts to ground a grand unified narrative (story/symbolic) within a total vision of reality (picture/imaginary). However, the…
Big Historical Foundations for Deep Future Speculations: Cosmic Evolution, Atechnogenesis, and Technocultural Civilization
Abstract Big historians are attempting to construct a general holistic narrative of human origins enabling an approach to studying the emergence of complexity, the relation between evolutionary…
Artificial Cosmogenesis: A New Kind of Cosmology
This paper introduces foundations for a new kind of cosmology. We advocate that computer simulations are needed to address two key cosmological issues. First, the robustness of the emergence of…
Chapter 13 Artificial Cosmogenesis: A New Kind of Cosmology
This paper introduces foundations for a new kind of cosmol- ogy. We advocate that computer simulations are needed to address two key cosmological issues. First, the robustness of the emergence of…
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The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today
The social and natural sciences have more in common than most of us may suspect. This thought-provoking study presents a single straightforward structure which unites the latest scientific views on…
Big History or Big Theory? Uncovering the Laws of Life*
What is the point of big history? There are two possibilities. It can be employed – in the way much scholarly work is – as a form of intellectual entertainment; or, alternatively, as a basis for…
Major life-history transitions by deterministic directional natural selection.
- BiologyJournal of theoretical biology
The minor transitions in hierarchical evolution and the question of a directional bias
It is argued that the existence of a bias in hierarchical organization is an open empirical question, and it is shown how testing is possible.
The biological determinants of long-wave behavior in socioeconomic growth and development
After the ice : a global human history, 20,000-5000 BC/ Steve Mithen
Twenty thousand years ago Earth was in the midst of an ice age. Then global warming arrived, leading to massive floods, the spread of forests and the retreat of the deserts. By 5,000 BC a radically…
Phase transition in random catalytic networks.
- Computer SciencePhysical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
It is demonstrated the existence of a phase transition from a practically unpopulated regime to a fully populated and diverse one and the origin of this phase transition as a crossover from one set of solutions from a quadratic equation to the other.
I. UNIVERSAL EVOLUTION 1 How Big History Works: Energy Flows and the Rise and Demise of Complexity *
In this article, I advance an explanatory scheme for all of history from the beginning of the Universe until life on Earth today (big history). My scheme is based on the ways in which energy levels…