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The Ordovician Period, the beginning of the colonization of the land

Article 21: Perhaps the most groundbreaking occurrence of the Ordovician is the colonization of the land. The end of the Ordovician is a ‘Snowball Earth’ period, the first mass [...]

The Cambrian Period, springtime in the history of life on our planet

Article 20: The Cambrian is the springtime for life on our planet. It is the time when most of the major groups of animals first appear in the fossil record.

The Proterozoic Period, cradle of early life

Article 19: Many of the most exciting events during the history of the Earth and of life occur during the Proterozoic. Stable continents first appear as well as the first living [...]

The Archean Period, the era of the bacteria

Article 18: If you were able to travel back, in order to visit the Earth during the Archean, you would likely not recognize it as the same planet we inhabit today.

The Hadean Period, the birth pangs of our Planet Earth

Article 17: The name ‘Hadean' comes from Hades, the underworld of the Greek mythology. It refers to the hellish conditions of the Earth during the earliest part of its history.

Big History in 25 Volumes, volumes 17 – 25

Article 16: In volume 17, page 350 - at about 2/3 of the distance between the Big Bang and Now - we come across the birth of our Sun, of our Solar System and of our planet Earth.

Big History in 25 Volumes, volumes 1 – 16

Article 15: Visit E-bay and buy yourself a 25 volumes Encyclopedia.

The Cosmic Calendar

Part 14: The Cosmic Calendar is a method to visualize the vast history of the universe, in which its 13,8 billion year lifetime is condensed down into a single year.

The Galactic context of our Solar System

Part 13: The Solar System's location in the Milky Way is a factor of great importance in the evolutionary history of life on Earth. It has given the Earth long periods of stability [...]

The discovery, the composition and the structure of our Solar System

Part 12: The vast majority of our Solar System's mass, 99,9 %, is in the Sun, with most of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. For the four terrestrial planets together, [...]

The formation, evolution and death of our Solar System

Part 11: Just like you and me, our Sun and all the other stars have a life cycle of conception, embryo, birth, childhood, adulthood, old age and death. Crucial is how massive they [...]

How to Make Iron?

Part 10: And the gold and the silver in the ring around your finger or in your neckless, have also been ‘cooked’ in a supernova explosion.

We Are Stardust!

Part 9: Almost 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus: they are all ‘cooked’ in the stars!

The Old Astronomer Continues His Story… Until He Dies

Part 8: “The Sun and the Earth formed about four and a half billion years ago, when I was 37 ‘Milky Way years’ old. A solar system forms relatively quickly and ours probably [...]

The 59 ‘Milky Way Year’-Old Astronomer’s Story

Part 7: The universe is not only 'big in space', it's 'big in time' as well. Consequently, studying the universe makes us travel both space and time.

Chronology of the Universe

Part 6: From a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang onwards, the chronology of the development of the universe is being studied, understood and mapped by modern physics.

Doubters, Agitators, Dissidents and Rebels, e.g. the Cyclic Universe

Part 5: According to the dissident Cyclic Universe theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time, but the bridge to a past, filled with endlessly repeating cycles of [...]

Neither Big Nor a Bang

Part 4: The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model of the birth and the expansion of the universe. However, it still is a challenge to modern cosmology to understand [...]

In Search of a Birthday

Part 3: Homo sapiens has produced a great diversity of wonderful guesswork about the birth of the universe. Or has the universe no distinct starting point? Has each beginning [...]

Pale Blue Dot

Part 2. Photographed from a far away vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. That pale blue dot, that’s here, that’s [...]

Like Messages in a Bottle

Part 1: Like messages in a bottle, stones can tell us wonderful stories. They whisper of the mysteries of deep time and deep space and introduce us into our own Big History.

Dear Piero

Shanti writes to Piero Ferrucci, author of the book 'Inevitable Grace'.

Dear Maurice

Shanti aka Iam writes to Richard Maurice Bucke.

Dear Abbie

Shanti aka Iam writes to Abraham Maslow.

Pointers for Nourishing and Energising the Ego

Shanti's tongue-in-cheek guide for the ego.

Good News from the Cosmos!

Shanti reflects on the universe and its amazing work to produce us, encourages us to participate in this gift of life and ultimately to wake up.

Being Now is Being at the Turning Point

Shanti shares his insights about time, history, and the universe.

IAM

Shanti’s letter in response to the publishing of his article, ‘Osho, The Midwife of My Soul’:

Osho, the Midwife of My Soul

Shanti describes his path of learning and seeking to arrive at understanding.