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The history of our world in 18 minutes | David Christian

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Published on Apr 11, 2011

http://www.ted.com Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.

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Jonathan Michael
Thank you for posting this, TED.
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Art Connolly
This was a pleasure to watch. Great talk
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Shambles
Get over these petty arguments about who knows best and listen to the LESSONS IN THIS STORY: 1: Complexity arose from simplicity (You can argue all you want about how you believe this happened) 2: Complexity is vulnerable in a universe ruled by entropy 3: We are complex beings in a very complex world and this makes us extremely fragile. If we refuse to acknowledge and respect this vulnerability, complexity will break down. 4: We must use the powerful tool of collective learning - not to exploit the complexity of our world but to preserve it.
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Wodney
4:17 Sounds like my ex.
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cbkm0
Bill Wurtz did it better
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Mike Llerena
I looked away for a second and I missed 2 billion years
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Tariq Khan
This talk was beautiful, it was so informative, so mind blowing. I remember why I loved science and astronomy as a kid. I forgot, i kind of lost my way for a while, but now at 23 i am starting to remember that love of science that i always had.
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Ηι βγε
Why are religious people here to doubt? If you don't agree just stay away. Science thinks this is the answer, but they're willing to accept any better explanation. They have evidence to support the Big Bang, but they don't know why it (probably) happened, they just have some evidence. As if you saw a UFO, and thought there was an alien invasion. Why? No idea. But there's a good chance aliens are around. (A gift to conspiracy theorists)
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William Aeoni
All the chaos and complexity in the universe and now I'm just here eating cookies and watching youtube. What a crazy world.
Noukz37
I wish he added that for this collective learning to work, we need to stop spreading false information, triple-check our facts, do not claim validity of some if we are unsure, stop having opinions about eeeeverything and stop bloody lying so much. Turn of your TVs, and watch more TED.
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