Expansion In Big History

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Big History has produced many themes within in context, with the most prominent being complexity. However, expansion can also be seen as the most important theme that traverses through the Big History story. Expansion can be seen in at the very beginning with the Big Bang, through the increasing expanding universe that we live in today, it can also be seen in the creation and development of our stars and planets. Furthermore, expansion allows for the many diverse and different organism alive on Earth, as well as the expansion of human beings through population and migration. Lastly expansion has seen our technological developments reach far and wide. Expansion is the catalyst for growth and development. It allows for ingenuity and innovation …show more content…
Humans have also seen expansion particularly in population sizes. These population sizes started relatively small and have increasingly grown through time and space. The causes of the populations increasing growth can be seen as far back as 10, 000 years ago. Renee Pennington states that most archaeological records suggest large growth in human populations occurs together with the development of agriculture and food production. Other such views Pennington states for the rapid growth in population sizes is attributed to views attribute to, “increases in the birth rate or to decreases in the death rate.” Sedentism is also another theory as to what causes population growth. The argument for sedentism is that it provided the conditions to improved ovarian function and subsequently higher fertility. Pennington states that others have claimed the rise in population as a direct result of a decrease in mortality. This theory is based on the evidence from skeletal population remains. Pennington goes on to analyses these findings, where she states they, “indicate substantial increases in the survival of young children as populations switch from nomadic to sedentary lives.” Large increases in overall mortality can be associated with large increases in …show more content…
We discovered that the expansion of the universe and the expansion of humans has produced the world we live in today. As expansion was a catalyst for the development of many Big History threshold, so will our knowledge about expansion be a catalyst for a better life. Through expansion we have developed new and innovative ways to aid in our quest for a better life. We have learnt through the expansion of the Universe the possible outcomes that wait for our human species. With this knowledge we may be able to avoid such prophecies catastrophes. We can see this already happening with human expansion all over the Earth. Our over population has created some very dire situation, but only with this knowledge can we create solutions. The expanding technological advances of today 's society is just one way we are developing approaches to create better lives for

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