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Big History of the Anthropocene

“… what big history can do is show us the nature of our complexity and fragility and the dangers that face us, but it can also show us our power with collective learning. We may have to survey the whole history of the Universe. So let’s do it!”

(watch on TED.com with interactive transcript)

The presentation by David Christian shows why the period we live in now can be labelled the Anthropocene; for the first time in Big History humanity is significantly changing the planet. Christian explains how conditions for life to evolve are special; parameters have to fall within ‘Goldilocks’ boundaries, that can be surpassed. It might well be we are in the process of crossing some of these boundaries.