David Christian: Big history

David Christian

2nd law of thermodynamics insists on increasing entropy

The “big history” of the universe is increasing complexity

Energy becomes energy + matter
becomes stars
becomes planets
becomes chemistry
becomes DNA
becomes multicelled
becomes social/communicative
becomes societies
becomes a networked world

Increase in complexity adds an increase in fragility. It seems incredibly easy to get knocked one step back down the ladder

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Posted on September 7, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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