The History of Our World in 18 Minutes [17:40]


A Ted Talk by scientist David Christian. Christian narrates the scientific history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet. This is “Big History”: a wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Concepts such as “Goldilocks conditions” are explained and illuminated with visual and a compelling speaker. An interesting video to pair with learning about “creation myths” from other cultures and times.

Discussion Questions

  • What is the meaning of a “theory” and how can we apply this to scientific theory?
  • What is a “Goldilocks condition”?
  • Can a person believe in scientific theory and also be religious?
  • The “Big Bang Theory” explains the birth of our universe. Is there a theory that explains what happened before that?

Keywords: big bang, nature, big history, complexity, creation, entropy, history, internet, origin of life, science


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