David Christian revisits the original Big History narrative in his new book.
A note from the BHP team: As the father of the Big History Project, David Christian’s work has defined the work of thousands of teachers that have participated in the program over the past eight years. With his new book, Origin Story, David revisits the original narrative of the course and seeks to create a more accessible and engaging telling of the story of Big History that will bring more people, both in and out of classrooms, into the conversation.
We’re excited to be able to share this brief selection from Origin Story, which discusses the future. David takes a strongly optimistic view of how we might overcome the challenges presented in the Anthropocene and explores a number of possible futures. This mirrors a key question asked at the end of the Big History Project course: “What is the next threshold?”
Origin Story is also important because it highlights the fact that Big History is not a static field, but an ongoing area of active scholarship. Numerous professors around the world are spending time thinking about the field, devising new conjectures and defending them. David Christian’s new book represents one such instance of this work.
“[David Christian] acknowledges that we simply don’t know what might happen but we can make some predictions based upon evidence, which is really what we want our students to do when envisioning the next threshold.”
“Nothing is more interesting to young people than discussing the future. It’s a part of the Big History course that is often one of the most memorable for students.”
Big History Professor, Grand Valley State University
“Origin Story has the potential to better equip millions of thoughtful humans with the capacity to consider seriously where we may be headed. This is the ultimate triumph of Origin Story, and David Christian’s latest gift to the world.”