312: David Christian on A Big History of Everything


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David Christian is a Distinguished Professor of History at Macquarie University and director of the school’s Big History Institute, which he founded with Bill Gates. David has delivered keynotes at conferences around the world including the Davos World Economic Forum and his TedTalk has been viewed more than 7 million times. He’s the author of numerous books and articles including the book we discuss in this episode, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything. This episode is truly awe-inspiring, fascinating and mind-blowing.

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In This Interview, David Christian and I Discuss A Big History of Everything and…

  • His book, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
  • Looking for the balance in dualities
  • What an origin story means to him as well as the guidance it offers
  • How modern society has lost touch with origin stories
  • Linking knowledge together as well as telling an ancient origin story using modern science
  • Knowing who you are, where you are and what challenges you face
  • Having a deep sense of awe for how things are as well as The story line of increasing complexity
  • What we know & don’t know about The Big Bang
  • Pure potentiality becoming energy and matter
  • Everything that has ever been came from something that started 13.8 billion years ago, and was a million times smaller than the period at the end of a sentence.
  • Emergence of stars, planets, and life happened
  • Cells acting with purpose and preference and how collaboration and specialization is inherent.
  • The origin of life and the appearance of humans, as well as the unique contribution that human beings that make the emergence of our species are all transformative events on the planet Earth.
  • The impact of our utilization of fossil fuels

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Ted Talk

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