David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes
I recently watched David Christian’s The History of Our Wold in 18 Minutes TED talk from TED2011. It is phenomenal, joyful, and humbling. His discussion of the Goldilocks principle, genetic diversity, the beauty of errors or adaptive learning through DNA, and collective learning.
I think Professor Christian makes an excellent point about how our future as humanity and the future of our students rests in the continuation of education that informs and instructs them about big history. “Life is more than exotic chemistry” and we know this, can discuss this, and learn more about it because of our collective learning.
It is educators, at home, schools, and within local and global communities responsibility and privilege to teach, protect, and prepare our learners for our wold. In order to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges ahead we need to be constantly aware and learning from our chemical, physiological, environmental, and evolutionary history.