Jan 07, 2016
Finally! A creation myth based on evidence and multiple scientific disciplines for all humans is here! The time for stories based on speculation and superstition for the chosen group is finally over.
Aug 01, 2017
Very informative, cross and inter-disciplinary course. Lot of effort is put into formulating and developing the course. Thanks for all the people who have contributed to run the course successfully.
By Simon C•
Apr 08, 2016
This is a good course. I liked the idea of the 9 thresholds of increasing complexity, with the energy required, the Goldilocks conditions, and emergence. I want to think about this a bit more, and see how I can apply it to other, smaller, thresholds.
I like the idea of restoring the idea of a story to history. It's time to think about whether we should be moving into the driver's seat, and whether we have any idea of where we want to go.
What would it take to make this a great course? The Discussion Forums don't seem to sparkle the way they do with some other courses I have done. I have completed other Coursera offerings, such as Origins (University of Copenhagen Natural History Museum), Our Earth (Climate, History, and Processes - University of Manchester), and Introduction to Genetics & Evolution (Duke University), and there was a lot of discussion among students. I felt that I learned a lot from the discussions, and not just the formal lectures. I also noticed the lecturers participating in the discussions. I cannot understand why this hasn't happened on this course, but it is part of my feeling that this course has a way to go yet.
By Jan N•
Jan 18, 2016
The course is very nicely done and well organized. The fundamental organization around sources of learning and the progression of lessons are well done and strongly support knowledge building. Some of the speakers have verbal patterns or flows of speaking that can be a bit distracting, but they are all interesting and informative. I like that you can also download transcripts. I am a very visual learner whose mind tends to wander off when faced with a talking head. Having the transcript to follow as I listen allowed me to highlight and make notes while listening, ensuring greater attention to the content. Ultimately, I made the decision to not finish the course. Not because the course was not well done but because it doesn't align with my own interests in systems thinking and complexity. It is a good course and well worth engaging in, even if you discover, as I did, that it doesn't quite match one's learning needs. I do recommend it if you are interested in cosmology and theories related to the origins of the universe.
By Richard H•
Apr 09, 2018
I loved the course, I agree upon the age history of the Universe and physical Earth, but do not buy human evolution from other primates for a minute. I have studied this problem for too long and the linkage is weak. Bypassing recorded written human history, calling fossil history more important is a very big error for any Historian. The historical Evidence really shows that some Being or Beings intervened in mankind within the last 10,000 years, with the introduction of Language, probably with the introduction of mankind himself by these beings we refer to as God. This history is left out of the Big History course, not even mentioned as a possibility. For that decisively selective direction of this history teaching I must give the course only 4 and not 5 stars. A Historian must cover ALL the possibilities and let the student of history examine the Evidences seen and written. That is what I do.
By Jay L•
Nov 13, 2015
A logical expansion of the way history should be taught, Big History starts with the Big Bang and moves on from there. The historical information is not new but the perspective it encourages provides a way to tie history closer to science and the major events that have changed the universe, our world and human life. To often in history we get caught up in the details. Big History makes sure that the big picture, and how we fit into it, is always visible.
By John S S I•
Oct 21, 2016
Good course to show that the sum total of what the Earth is today and what she is capable of is truly the sum of everything that has had an effect on the Earth since the Big Bang. Had the environment been off slightly in heat, H2O, O2, etc., the right elements had not been present, there had been not liquid water, no lightning, etc., there may not have formed life on the planet and Earth might be more like Mars.
By Daniel S•
Jan 31, 2018
Love the course and the concepts ... some points conveyed as facts, glossed over quickly as "givens" which might have been more accurately portrayed as best present knowledge and/or theory. There is also a political slant in here, maybe an activist angle ... OK, I am aligned, it just steps over the line of learning into advocacy (leave that for the TED talk).
By Vernon G•
Jan 29, 2016
Initial reaction: Superb……Lectures are succinct and understandable. Support material seems well selected and informative. Forums are lively and peopled by very interested students……
Towards the end of the course however I began to wonder about the efficacy of some of the claims and I had a growing doubt about much of the material used…...
By Edmund B•
Jun 03, 2016
Ambitious coverage of the human understanding of our reality to date. Gaps in knowledge are left for future finding, while the presentation of what we do know with some certainty is highlighted. The 4th lesson video of week 1 is a masterpiece.
By Chloé V•
Mar 28, 2016
Enjoyable course and I appreciated the interdisciplinary nature. At times, I felt like I wanted to delve deeper into the content, but I understand that this MOOC, like most others, are breadth courses designed for incoming Freshmen.
By Matthew K•
Dec 02, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It provided an insightful analysis of Big History for myself.
I would recommend it for anyone to complete who is open to insightful and expert opinions on Big History.
By Harsh M•
Dec 06, 2016
A really well structured course filled with rich knowledge and important details. On completion of this course, the meaning of the word 'History' won't be the same again.
By rabinder h•
Jun 26, 2017
The course may include a unit on hierarchy , interlinks and patterns which can be observed in every aspect of man made things with respect to nature.
By Ramaprabhu P•
Feb 28, 2016
The course content had met its objectives. I loved the way interdisciplinary sciences were explained precisely from Astronomy to paleontology to economics
By Bart V•
Sep 21, 2017
Interesting idea to approach everything from an idea of increasing complexity, but due to the nature of the subject they can't really go into any detail.
By John D•
Dec 15, 2015
Very nice overview, but it seemed to be too much information for the limited time. There should be a separate six week course for each threshold.
By Deleted A•
Jan 09, 2016
This Astronomy course is good but for people that are more interesting in the big bang theory and how the universe came into existence today.
By Abhishek S M•
Aug 05, 2017
great knowledge expansion in unique way. this collective knowledge gave me a very wide perspective view of humanity and its existence.
By Arian F•
Sep 16, 2017
Amazing, draws you in with the bonus points but keeps you invested with the surprising amount of detail and the interesting topics.
By Marcus M•
Apr 28, 2019
well presented information and a thorough course helped me to truly grasp the concept of what was being presented to me
By Stephanie B M•
Dec 21, 2016
Interesting concepts here and loved seeing all the connections. At times it was a bit too cutesy in its presentations.
By Will S•
Sep 26, 2018
This course places you right in the midst of the whole universe without forgetting about your local environment.
By Ilia S•
Dec 30, 2015
the last assignment is too time consuming, I didn't completed it though I finished all the other assignments.
By aj s•
Jun 09, 2016
Just started this course, but so far love the graphics and the enthusiasm of the teachers.
By Margaret S C•
Oct 14, 2016
Covers a lot of fields of knowledge. Beautifully illustrated and well explained.
By Mark E R•
Oct 30, 2016
Very nice course, only minor issue is that the assignments were a tad easy