The new issue of Origins is here.
|David Christian’s new book, Origin Story, will be available on May 22.
Nivedita Nair opened the recent conference on big history at Symbiosis University’s School of Liberal Arts (SSLA) in Pune, Maharastra, India.
Anaga Krishna of the SSLA offers her Global Guideline for Humanity.
IBHA board member and Secretary Lucy Laffitte provides Snapchats from Maharashtra in March.
With its long standing commitment to the sciences and liberal arts, Villanova University is proud to host the 2018 IBHA conference. The building that houses a number of its science departments is named for Gregor Mendel, the nineteenth century Augustinian friar who is generally recognized as the founder of the modern science of genetics. In 1934, Villanova awarded its Mendel Medal to the Belgian Catholic priest Abbé Georges Lemaître, Ph.D., D.Sc. for his ground-breaking article on the primeval atom – what later became better known as the big bang. Astrophysicists have subsequently honed the beginning date for our universe at about 13.82 billion years ago. Big History begins with the “primeval atom” (even as we examine theories of the multiverse, cyclical universes, and other hypotheses). The 1937 Mendel Medal was awarded to Dr. (Rev.) Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. for his work on key developments from the origin of the universe to the present and into the future. He argued that the universe had not been created originally as it is now, but that it evolved through stages. Big History investigates the periods of time from which there are transitions from one to the next. In 2008, the award went to the evolutionary biologist, Kenneth Miller. The Mendal Medal was given to Dr. George V. Coyne, S.J. in 2009, when he was the Director of the Vatican Observatory. His lecture at the award ceremony was an account that is familiar to big historians. Because of all of this, the IBHA conference enjoys the support of Villanova’s University President, Associate Vice Provost for Research, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Biology, Physics, and Astrophysics & Planetary Science, and the Campus Minister for Liturgical Music.
|Please plan on participating in the 2018 IBHA conference, “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective,” from July 26 to 29. Get information about the conference here. On-line registration is here.
|Conference Housing is available on the Villanova University campus or in Philadelphia. Prices range from $50 a night per person to $169 per night plus tax. Pre and Post conference tours are available. You may extend your room reservations to give yourself time to visit some of the Philadelphia area’s cultural and historical sites.|
|Candidates for the IBHA board are David Christian, Dan May, and Barry Wood The election will be in June.
|IBHA member Barry Wood has just reviewed Tyler Volk’s book, Quarks to Culture. Wood argues that Volk goes beyond current concepts of emergence, complexity, self-organization, and autopoiesis with a sustained and impressive presentation of “combogenesis,” his own term for the innovative creativity of the physical, biological, and cultural realms. Read the full review here.|
|Duane Elgin shares his view of Deep Big History.|