Big History By Errol Farley Coming from a very broadened scope, I can see how any History lesson is never really complete. I'm sure I will come to find many more complete answers in this Chapter but if anything, Big History helps me realize that the chapter that is my life would never have happened if it weren't for great men doing great thing a long time ago.
<ul><li>Big History is a widened view of historic situations aimed at giving students of Big History a more complete level of understanding.
Developed during the Cold War at Harvard, Big History has been removing biases and shoots to teach students across the world in this humanitarian style . </li></ul>What is Big History?
Coffee's Big History <ul><li>Starting out with a simple question like “where did this coffee come from?” we find the answer is all over the world and all throughout time.
Coffee was spread by first worldwide dominant corporation – Dutch east India Trading Company.
Coffee has been used as a means of bringing people together for over 5,000 years.
The Day the Universe Changed <ul><li>All different peoples have tended to believe that they had a special grasp on the true reality of this worlds nature.
Man has been making technological advances for the past millennium that have allowed for the radical expansion of the human population and the nearly complete takeover of our planet Earth.
We have defended our right to be curious and it has lead us to an astonishing mountain of answers.
Man has always felt the need to institutionalize it's 'rules' of life into culture in various ways and throughout all peoples.
Man has always just wanted to keep order among itself. Some one is always trying to be the top dog. </li></ul>
The Journey of Man <ul><li>Spencer Wells would have you believe that all people descended from a single man in Africa over 60,000 years ago.
"As often happens in science , technology has opened up a field to new ways of answering old questions—often providing startling answers." - Spencer Wells
He believes it is the San Bushmen that hold the genetic key to our past. </li></ul>
The Journey of Man <ul><li>Wells holds that people grew lighter skinned when they migrated away from the equator about 40,000 years ago. He also backs The Bible in saying that all people are related.
Spencer Wells has made his predictions about humans genetic diversity very clear over the TED talks. His work is dedicated to finding the answers of our origins. </li></ul>
Catastrophe! <ul><li>A terrific climate change occurred 1,500 years ago and changed human history.
Catastrophic event in 6 th century evident by malfunction in the chronicles of the trees rings.
It's possible that Krakatoa blew and the sun was blocked out a little bit from the cloud covering so it was just a dry hot couple of years on planet Earth. </li></ul>
Guns, Germs & Steel <ul><li>Because of Europe's technological and biological advancements they have been able to conquer the world.
Jerry Diamond holds that Guns, Germs & Steel are the biggest factors in human history and is quite content in knowing his studies are important.
Before assaults with these means ensued, people lived very simply. Hunting and gathering was the way of life. People lived in close packs and used skill, grace, memory and effort to stay alive.
People started off slow but once guns,germs and steel came into the picture everything picked up pretty quick and has had exponential growth since. </li></ul>
Guns, Germs & Steel <ul><li>Controlling and domesticating animals or a pack of animals gave humans an insane increase in food supply and life stability.
Most domestic animals came from North Africa, Europe and Asia. All other continents had poor large animal supply. All the best plants and animals came from the Middle East. It was dubbed 'The Fertile Crest.
Many peoples couldn't develop technologies to get them ahead because they were too caught up with trying to get food and eat. </li></ul>
The World & Trade <ul><li>The first video was really trying to put Columbus up on a pedestal by claiming that he was just the ultimate middle man who hooked America up with the rest of the world.
It felt like the presentation of the idea of Columbus discovering America was glorified to every degree with the video and it's effects.
The bias of this history they're trying to teach me is questionable and slightly obvious. </li></ul>
The World & Trade <ul><li>Finding and colonizing new lands are intensely difficult and require a 100% effort from many people but only a small slice of that pie can continue to appreciate the lands they have claimed their own.
The Indians and their horses stood in the Americans way of being a true boring cowboy. It wasn't until the white man stripped the Indians of their resources that the white man was able to fully conquer this continent. </li></ul>