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2. David Christian: "Big History"

David Christian is a historian and acclaimed teacher who initiated the teaching of (and coined the term for) the widest interdisciplinary field of all: Big History.  Big History is the deep-time history of everyone and everything. Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow interviewed David in May 2010, exploring both what Big History offers the world and how it invites individuals to experience their own lives as expressions of an immense, venerable, and deeply meaningful process.

David's books are Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, which won the World History Association Book Prize in 2005, and his 2007 This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity. His 48-lecture course on DVD is one of the all-time most popular courses offered through The Teaching Company. Its title: "Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth and the Rise of Humanity."

Theme song "Poetry of Reality" courtesy Symphony of Science.

Direct download: 002-dchristian.mp3
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