Thank you for visiting TheEvolutionOfHuman.com! My name is Scot, and this website is the manuscript of my book-in-progress, a scientific history of the world. I am an ordinary person (not rich or famous) who researched and wrote this book out of a passionate desire to understand the world. Its full working title is The Evolution of Human Beings, Institutions, and Belief Systems: A Logarithmic History of Everything. The abbreviated title is TEOH, and I use the hashtag #TEOHbySF . TEOH is meant to serve a few purposes:
- Summarize the most important events of the past, essentially chronologically and with uniform coverage of all timescales.
- Present current, well-vetted academic research to a general audience.
- Explain “Why the world is the way it is.”
- Distinguish knowledge from beliefs, and discuss the origins and limitations of belief.
- Provide perspective to interpret and question today’s institutions, from individual privacy to globalization.
- Consider what we can do to make the world a better place.
I wrote TEOH in 10 chapters numbered in reverse, each representing a power of 10 years. I explain this “Logarithmic History” concept in detail in the Preface and Introduction. Chapter 10 opens with the big bang and other important events of the last ten billion years. The last chapter, Chapter 1, summarizes the changes of the last few decades.
This is a decade-long project, conceived in 2007 and in steady progress since about 2012. I finished the first draft of this manuscript in 2018. I will spend 2019 making second-draft revisions. A big part of that process will involve feedback from lay- and expert-readers, which is one of the main reasons I posted this online. I will reach out to a few readers that I have in mind, but if you would like to participate, please let me know proactively.
I know that the only thing harder than writing a history of the universe is getting it published! Until then, here it is on my own self-managed website / blog. This manuscript is free for an indefinite time while there is no published book. You can download each chapter on PDF or read it here. For agents and editors, by the end of 2019 this site will include book proposal materials.
A “Chapter 0” would cover just the last few years. Since that is less than the life cycle of a printed book, I will maintain Chapter 0 as a blog-only chapter, an ongoing series of essays about current events. Essays about older chapters may also be relevant as our understanding of history shifts. “Margin Notes” for each chapter will be devoted to current discoveries about past events, and connections from the past to the present. Over the course of my lifetime, I hope to expand each chapter into its own book.
Citing sources is one of my main concerns, but I don’t like reading a book when citations keep getting in the way. My solution is to make them discreetly. When you see a faint superscript number 1 clicking it will take you to an “endnote” at the bottom of the page, with a reference to my source. When you see a big bold number 1 hover over it to make a “footnote” appear, an interesting side comment. You can also hover over a picture to learn more about its source at a glance.
If you have any interest in science, history, sociology, economics, news, or philosophy, then this book will address matters of concern to you. I hope that I can use this site to connect with people of similar interests and have some great discussions. Please note the like / share buttons at the bottom of each page. There are also social network buttons at the bottom of this page to follow or stay in touch with me. You may leave comments on any page / post. There is a search bar at the bottom of this “Welcome” page, which serves as a site-wide index.
Scroll back up to the menu bar to get started! I’d recommend reading the Front Matter page first.
Background image: Stockli, Simmons, et al, public domain, attributions here.
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