Ian Hesketh
Ian Hesketh
Associate Professor @UQ_History History of Science, Historiography, Victorian Studies, Religion, Darwin, Tyndall, Seeley, BuckleSource
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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We should be wary about what Big History overlooks in its myth

We should be wary about what Big History overlooks in its myth

Big History burst on to the scene 30 years ago, promising to reinvigorate a stale and overspecialised academic discipline by situating the human past within a holistic account at a cosmic scale. The goal was to produce a story of life that could be discerned by synthesising cosmology, geology, evolutionary biology, archaeology and anthropology. This universal story, in turn, would provide students with a basic framework for their subsequent studies – and for life itself. Big History also promised to fill the existential void left by the ostensible erosion of religious beliefs. Three decades...

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