evolution of human beings big history Scot Fagerland TEOHThank you for visiting TheEvolutionOfHuman.com!  My name is Scot, and this website is the online version of my book-in-progress.  I am an ordinary person like you (not rich or famous) who is curious about the world.  The book’s full title is “The Evolution of Human Beings, Institutions, and Belief Systems:  A Logarithmic History of Everything.”  The abbreviated title is “TEOH.”  This book is meant to serve a few purposes:

  • To summarize the most important events of the past, essentially chronologically and with uniform coverage of all timescales.
  • To explain “Why the world is the way it is.”
  • To distinguish knowledge from beliefs, and to discuss the origins and limitations of belief.
  • To provide perspective to interpret and question today’s institutions, from individual privacy to globalization.
  • To consider what we can do to make the world a better place.

This is a decade-long project, conceived in 2007 and in steady progress since about 2012.  I am writing 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.  I wrote these two chapters first.  I figured that, as a work in progress, presenting both extremes would make for more diverse and interesting reading than just the two oldest chapters.  I then continued the pattern of writing the book “outside in”.  The book is currently 90% complete, with chapters 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 accessible at the menu above.  Chapter 5, the last chapter to be written, is in progress and on track for completion by the end of 2018.  I will then spend 2019 making second-draft revisions.

I know that the only thing harder than writing a history of the universe is getting it published!  So here it is on my own self-managed website / blog.  You can download each chapter on PDF or read it here.  This site is free for an indefinite period of time while the book is in progress.

A “Chapter 0” would cover the timespan of just the last few years.  It is pointless to write that in print at all, because it would be outdated as soon as I finished writing it.  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.

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 “About” page first.  

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