The ten dimensions in the Great Matrix of Being give us ten ways of measuring reality — by size, time, matter, energetics, electromagnetism, sound waves, information-ingenuity, sentience-consciousness, culturally constructed hierarchies, and thresholds of emergent complexity. All phenomena can be located within this Matrix.
Dorling Kindersley Books (DK) recently published a four-hundred-page textbook on Big History with spectacular illustrations and content. This twenty-first century version of an illuminated manuscript might well be your best Bible to Big History. Big History also makes a great gift for growing minds. At five and a half pounds, this is not a book you’ll want to carry around. It
VIDEOS William Grassie, Big History: The New Narrative, 8:37 David Christian, The What and Why of Big History, 21:53. Bob Bain, Big Questions about Big History in US schools, 42:09.
Joel Primack is a professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His wife, Nancy Abrams, is a specialist in the history and philosophy of science. Together they deliver this motivational TEDx talk, which calls for a cosmological, Big History perspective as a means to solving some of our most difficult problems as a society.
When it comes to futurists, there are pessimists and there are enthusiasts. Jason Silva brings a new meaning to the latter.
What knowledge of science, culture and civilization would you most want to pass on to the surviving humans as they faced the prospect of adapting to a new environment and rebuilding their lives over many generations?
Photos and video from the inaugural conference of the International Big History Association.
Humans now consume some 18 trillion watts of energy in a variety of forms. Every aspect of our contemporary lives depends on this tremendous flow of energy.
We argue about truth, beauty, and goodness based on competing religious, nationalistic, ethnic, and ideological stories. What intellectual tools can help to mediate between these competing narratives?
We need to humbly put questions about the universe and the universal back at the heart of education, including and especially religious education.
This is the new chart for the new cosmology. It is the most comprehensive compendium of scientific facts on a single page I know. No reason to leave home without one of these maps of time stuffed in your glove compartment or backpack.
Big History seeks to evoke in you an appreciation for the immensity of science and a longing for the greatest story ever told.
Environmentalists might applaud a planet at the turn of the next century with 2 billion fewer people than today. The economic consequences, however, could be catastrophic.
Recreating the conditions of
matter-energy in the early Universe
Atlas, LHC, Cern 2010.06.11
Large Scale Structure of the Universe
A web of billions of galaxies
Summer is the time of mounting cumulus clouds, the sharp claps and growling rumble of thunder, and the shock and beauty of lightning in its myriad forms. Lightning can appear as flashes, pulsing sheets, and frightening jagged strikes. Not only does it occur during thunderstorms, but it also can appear around erupting volcanoes and intense forest fires as well as
Artist’s Statement I am interested in how systems can be applied in the process of making art, how something can survive within a scheme of convention, exploring the system itself in order to understand it, and perhaps, trying to find a condition of artistic autonomy within the framework I create. Like Mondrian’s grids, the abstraction in my work has to
Guggenheim Fellow Erika Blumenfeld was artist-in-residence on a six-week expedition to Antarctica. This month's Visual Explorations seeks to awaken the imagination to the intersection of art, science, and humanity.
Humanity’s longest lasting remnants are found among the stars. Over the last fifty years, hundreds of satellites have been launched into geosynchronous orbits, forming a ring of machines 36,000 kilometers from earth. Thousands of times further away than most other satellites, geostationary spacecraft remain locked as man-made moons in perpetual orbit long after their operational lifetimes. Geosynchronous spacecraft will be
Photographs of Jerram’s glass artworks are used widely in medical journals, text books and media stories and are seen as useful representations of virology within the scientific community. His work has been presented in The Lancet, the British Medical Journal and on the front cover of Nature Magazine.
Inspired by physics, I use the lines of colliding atomic particles to explore a new language of abstraction. Fusing physics, digital technology, and painting, I create hyper-energetic, cascading compositions based on simulated atomic particle collisions. Amid an infinite void, thousands of vibrantly-hued dots explode and implode in a constant state of flux, conjuring fireworks, waterfalls, and volcanic mountains. An exploration
My work consists of installations, sculptures, and photos. I use my daily surroundings and spaces as motives to explore the moment of friction between construction and deconstruction—whether it be in the physical state of a building or the moment of revelation that depicts hope or impermanence. I analyze spaces—their appearance and structure—and deconstruct them to work with their details. I often choose
These installations are meant to embrace biotechnology and advances in science.
I was with my mother when she died a quarter of a century ago. As the terrible moment approached, she described something that struck me deeply. My brothers and sisters had livened her hospital room, given it bright colors, with various decorations, and my mother was gazing at them. She said the balloons were talking to her, and the colors were flowing together. The walls
Everywhere you look, there is a hidden world that is unseen to the naked eye. Each plant, animal, speck of dust has its own story to tell. Through my photography, I aim to be the bridge between these microscopic worlds and the humans they coexist with. Often we overlook the smallest parts of life, taking for granted the technology, mechanism,
Extending the boundaries of the handmade to express abstract ideas, I confront the collision between art and science, directing energies into exploiting the properties of a primal material at the extremes of its capabilities.
This artwork was created by Tom Rockwell under a commission of the Metanexus Institute. The goal was to represent the universe at all scales throughout time.
The artworks shown here are by multiple artists.
The photograph was taken on the streets of Bangkok. I was stunned by these plastic Buddhist monks sitting in a shop window. The statues are of famous Thai monks and are rendered with remarkable realism.
M1 Crab Nebula
Remains of supernova sighted in 1054.
Birthing grounds for chemically rich solar systems
Metanexus is an invented word to designate a new way of thinking. “Metanexus” literally means “transcending connections” and “transformational networks.” The approach is multi-perspectival and scientifically rigorous. Implied is an epistemology, ontology, ethics, and aesthetics that understands process and relationship to be foundational.
Founded in 1997, the Metanexus Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of foundational questions. This website is a record of that work and the people involved over many years from all corners of the Earth, faith traditions, academic and scientific disciplines.
Today, our knowledge and knowhow go deep into specializations, as our world becomes ever more fragmented. We believe this fragmentation lies at the root of many of the current threats to our wellbeing in the 21st century.
The mandate is to Think Big. We advocate a global conversation about Big History—the new scientific origin story of our species evolution on this restless planet in a vast universe. It is essential to solving Big Problems and productively debating Big Questions. We invite you to browse our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
is archetypally human.
No other species controls fire.
Fire mastery profoundly changed culture, diet,
physiology,geographic range, and local environments.