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


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

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