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By Fred Spier

Big historical past and the way forward for Humanity provides an unique theoretical procedure that makes “big heritage” – the putting of the human previous in the background of existence, the Earth, and the Universe -- available to basic readers whereas revealing insights into what the longer term may perhaps carry for humanity.

  • Provides an available and unique evaluate of the full sweep of background that areas human heritage in the heritage of existence, the Earth, and the Universe
  • Features an unique thought of “big historical past” and is the reason all of heritage and opens up a completely new interdisciplinary examine time table
  • Offers new insights into the way forward for humanity by means of higher realizing the past
  • Presents a brand new method of complexity reviews, which takes into consideration the best galaxy clusters in addition to the tiniest sub-atomic particles

Chapter 1 creation to special historical past (pages 1–17):
Chapter 2 normal strategy (pages 18–40):
Chapter three Cosmic Evolution: The Emergence of easy different types of Complexity (pages 41–61):
Chapter four Our Cosmic local: The Emergence of higher Complexity (pages 62–81):
Chapter five existence in the world: The Widening variety of Complexity (pages 82–110):
Chapter 6 Early Human historical past: The Emergence of the best identified Complexity (pages 111–137):
Chapter 7 contemporary Human background: the improvement of the best recognized Complexity (pages 138–188):
Chapter eight dealing with the longer term (pages 189–205):

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In principle, Chaisson’s approach allows us to calculate these values for every form of complexity that has ever existed, ranging from the tiniest particles to galaxy clusters. This makes it possible to compare all forms of complexity systematically. Unfortunately, the term ‘free energy rate density’ is rather bulky, while it is equivalent to ‘power density,’ a term that is often used by physicists, as Chaisson noted in his book. 15 Chaisson next showed that a clear correlation exists between the intuitively defined levels of complexity observed in the known universe and the calculated power densities.

At a higher level of complexity, a great many different molecules may jointly form cells, which may combine to form individuals that, in their turn, may be the building blocks of society. All these different levels of complexity should be considered relatively autonomous with regard to one another, which simply means that such a particular level of complexity exhibits emergent properties that cannot be sufficiently explained from the properties of a lower level of complexity. There is another important aspect to complexity, namely sequence.

This was his way of tackling the issue of how to rigorously define and measure different levels of complexity. At the same time, Chaisson also used these numbers as an indication of the energy needed to achieve or maintain certain levels of complexity. This latter approach will be followed in this book. In the next chapters, I will explicitly not employ the concept of power density as the one and only yardstick for measuring different levels of complexity. It will only be used as an indication of the energy that is needed for complexity to emerge and continue to exist.

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