What "Big History" Misses
by Ian Hesketh
"Big History" has become established in the popular media and in some academic quarters, telling global-scale narratives of human and even planetary history. After 30 years, it's time to evaluate its successes and failures.
SOURCE: New York Times
Rutger Bregman: Despite Everything, Humans Aren't the Worst
Kara Swisher's "Sway" podcast features Rutger Bregman's defense of the human potential for good, and the need to create the social structures in which genius can thrive.
SOURCE: The Guardian
What Can History Teach about the Future of War and Peace?
Historians have generally been unimpressed by claims made by Stephen Pinker that humanity is enjoying a period of peace.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
A New Theory of Western Civilization (Review)
"The WEIRDest People in the World" is the latest addition to the Big History category. The outstanding feature of the genre is that it wrangles all of human existence into a volume or two, starting with the first hominids to rise up on their hind legs and concluding with us, cyborg-ish occupants of a networked globe.
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