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1. What Is Big History?

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The Big HistoryActivity: Visions of the FutureCrash Course Big History: The Big BangWhat Is Big History?Infographic: Timeline
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Powers of Ten™ (1977)Activity: Powers of 10Activity: Notations and MeasuresActivity: Scale of the Universe on a String
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Activity: Intro to Origin StoriesOrigin Story: Judeo-ChristianOrigin Story: IroquoisOrigin Story: MayanOrigin Story: GreekOrigin Story: Modern ScientificCosmology and Faith
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Activity: Who Knows What?Activity: Easter Island MysteryWays of Knowing – Introduction to CosmologyWays of Knowing – Introduction to AstrophysicsActivity: What Do You Know? What Do You Ask?
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Activity: My TimelineIntroduction to Thresholds of Increasing Complexity Complexity and ThresholdsActivity: History of Me
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Glossary: What Is Big History?
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One Student of Big HistoryWeb Links
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Guide, Slides, and Text ReaderVideo Transcripts

About this unit

Where did everything come from? How did we get to where we are now? Where do humans fit in? Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories of different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. Big History attempts to answer them by examining the entire past of the Universe using the best available ideas from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, and history. Throughout the course, you’ll explore different scales of time and space and view human history from new angles. You’ll learn what we know and what we don’t, consider our place in the Universe, and develop your own ideas for what the future may hold.