David Christian covers what he terms as “big history”, the entire history of our world and what a tiny speck we are in the overall world timeline, and yet what a significant impact we have made.

The gist of the talk is that while we have grown rapidly these past few hundred years, we must be careful not to undermine the Goldilocks conditions that have allowed us to flourish thus far. There are many threats, for example, possession of armed nuclear weapons, overuse of earth’s natural resources such as fossil fuels, etc. The power of collective learning must be used wisely, and in the wake of the threats we might face, we should appreciate the fragility of what we have and be mindful about what we are doing.

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