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Date: 04/17/11 12:00 PM

29 Responses to David Christian: Big History

  1. Profile photo of Fancys_Asst
    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
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    April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Link: David Christian: Big History - Backed by illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet.
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    mr_c_bowler Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    That was really cool
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    *Waits for the conservatives to attempt to debunk facts*
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    Fides Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    I feel stupid because I kinda got mixed messages from this. I`ll just watch it again when I`m not half asleep!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    T L D N W
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    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    I really enjoy talks on this subject matter, and I really wished this could have been an hour long. I was just in a daze watching this. It was awesome :D
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    really good but i wish it was a little longer and he took a little more time explaining the single steps. what he said was correct, but so superficial that I can see it cause a lot of misunderstandings and misinterpretations
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    Harkannin Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    Awesome presentation describing ancient concepts from daoist and other ancient philosophies from China, India, Greece, etc, just with more history and modern understanding. Even the name for China in Chinese: "middle country" describes the necessity of these "Goldilocks conditions". Basically, universal laws are universal. There`s just different ways to explain the same thing. And I find it fascinating.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    lol nerd
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    There was a Christoan version of this but it just had a big crayon scribble of the word "God" on the screen.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Interestingly he left it very open to interpretation in a number of parts. He of course covered all his points very well, but left open the minutia of the hows and whys. Suppose it`s to avoid the religious flame war, but TED has never been one to shy away from that to be honest.
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    c3rv4 Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    Loved every single word.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    Good stuff. Best video on TED in a while, it`s been relatively lame over the past few months. Maybe that`s just me.
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    mandingo3519 Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    funny how people use the same thing to explain something and leave out what doesn`t help them but here are a few questions i have
    1. the "meteor that killed the dino`s but was good for mammals" he said created something like a nuke explosion, last time i checked nukes kill everything so why did that not restart everything??
    2. the whole big bang - "The 1st law of thermodynamics Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It can only change forms. In any process in an isolated system, the total energy remains the same." ( /wiki/Laws of thermodynamics) so this is true except in the big bang case where the energy kept increasing is that not something the 1st law said cannot happen?
    3. last one for now, what use to be considered a theory is now "fact" due to bias scientists (IAB can state fox is biased but not some scientists ???) Yes i am a christian but i do have an open mind and to look at things from the "outside"
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    vv Ah, Mandingo. Yep, Buiadh totally called it.
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    human_exile Male 13-17
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    April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    he knows so much about the big bang because he was there when it happened, zing!

    no it was great but my screen saver turned on exactly as it ended
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    Theorycraft Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm
    It makes me sad that the big history project will end up not being supported in America. Somewhere creationists are going to stop it an ruin another American generation.
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    JJRed88 Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm
    1. The "meteor that killed the dino`s but was good for mammals" was good for mammals bc it caused the temperature to fluctuate between frigid and sweltering in a couple of years. That caused the extinction of not only the dino`s but about 70% of all plants and animals. Mammals came out ahead bc they could adapt to the temperature change best.
    2. I got nothing
    3. Scientists have their own nomenclature. The problem comes in when other people don`t bother looking up what words mean and argue based on their own conception of the word.
    I`m also a Christian, but I take the time to research a little before I start typing.
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    Trojan Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    #1. It may have had the power of a nuke, but there was no fallout because it wasn`t a nuke.
    #2. And who says that the total energy just kept increasing and coming from nothing? Perhaps all the energy existed as matter at the time of the Big Bang.
    #3. Actually, no. The job of a scientist is to discover truth through the unbiased scientific method. Fox News however (thanks for bringing it up!) has the sole purpose of being a mouthpiece for Republican propaganda, with few exceptions like Shep Smith sometimes and Bill-O a few nights ago.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2011 at 12:16 am
    long long, lost interest
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    sexytexan876 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 12:32 am

    1. "Like" is the operative word here. A collision of that magnitude would have sent dust into the atmosphere likely blocking out light for a short period, but there would have been no fallout.
    2. There are many popular ideas which can account for the "creation" of the universe via a Big Bang. One posits that if you were to take the whole of energy within the universe, it would equal 0. Another idea says that the universe has always been here, and that it`s simply cyclical.
    3. I`m not really sure how this is relevant, but, yes scientists can be biased just like everyone else. The problem there, however, is that in science- you can`t just say something and claim it as fact. You have to prove your hypothesis. Only after your hypothesis has been proven (via experimentation, observation, or mathematics) can it claimed as a theory. Even then, theories aren`t always right.
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 1:19 am
    To long, lost interest. and this is the key here, all of this. everything he is talking about. its an IDEA. nobody really knows why we are here. and i doubt we EVER will. at least for a LONG LONG time. i myself, i believe in A god. not the god of the bible, but i do BELIEVE in a god. i dont believe in a Big bang, i do not believe death is the end. i do not believe everything is for nothing. i believe in fate. old men who fancy themselves smarter then everyone else will ALWAYS think they are smarter. and the sad thing is? they are in some ways but not enough to do any REAL good. he is talking about a subject that will only cause the Christians anger, the scientists amusement and the rest of the world to say either, to long didnt watch, or (i still dont understand any of this).
    I-A-B is VERY intolerant towards other belief systems however. Atheism is VERY hip right now.
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    gingernut333 Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 6:08 am
    Really good video, interesting and informative! Great message at the end there, well worth the watch =)
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    showstoprake Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 10:16 am
    Much simpler and sensible than the "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" BS. Great video! It was 17.41 minutes well spent.
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    showstoprake Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 10:28 am
    @mandingo3519- 99% of all the species ever existed on earth are extinct. We are mammals and our ancestors (mammalian ancestors)co-existed with the dinosaurs and were mostly burrow dwellers. So when the meteor hit earth some of our ancestors were shielded thus and lived through the extent of fallout and nuclear winter consuming tubers and roots. Then they emerged and found the earth to be no more dominated by the feisty dinosaurs. And thus they evolved.
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    showstoprake Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Correction - There was no fallout or nuclear winter! Ooopsie, sorry!
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    startech Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Judjing by how he states everything as fact, I assume this old fart was there 13.7 billion years ago to see all of this?
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    @startech he wasn`t, but the radiowaves captured by WMAP were, and they tell us what happened ;-)
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    hahahaha lol @slothofdoom

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