Applied Big History
Explore the significance of Big History in your industry and organization. For the first time in human history, we have a common, progressively true, and extremely practical story of our origins in a 13.8 billion year evolving cosmos. The narrative is also a scale of space-time and a scaffolding of matter-energy from the subatomic to the large-scale structure of the universe. Significantly, Applied Big History focuses also on the new natural history of humanity and the dramatic accelerations in the modern period.
How is this significant for your industry and organization? In education and philanthropy, science and technology, economics and the environment, governance and management, religion, art, and culture, whether local or global, Applied Big History will surprise and delight you and your team.
We will help you create a “Little Big History” of your organization. Together we will follow the flow of energy, materials, and information — in and out, through space and time, from the top down and bottom up, and all around — to gain new perspectives on your organization. We will apply evolutionary psychology to better understand social dynamics in your business environment. We will apply evolutionary economics to better understand existential challenges and opportunities.
Having taken this journey through Big History — we will brainstorm and explore new products, services, training, and marketing ideas for your organization. Of the many benefits, Applied Big History also improves morale and engenders a grander sense of organizational mission.
The scope of services is structured in consultation with the client.
Learn more about how Applied Big History can work for your organization.
Cover Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Read the Book!
Applied Big History: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Other Living Things by William Grassie is now available on Amazon Books. https://amzn.to/2QLHlGS
Applied Big History is a guidebook to doing good and well in a fast-changing world. With the help of numerous experts, author William Grassie builds a latticework of diverse disciplines—physics, chemistry, geology, cell biology, energetics, informatics, evolution, anthropology, psychology, economics, and more. Grassie explores the significance of chaos and complexity, and the dynamics of discovery and innovation, in evolution and economics. He does so with a practical eye to how these new sciences can help better understand and better practice economics, business, and finance in the face of uncertainties. Applied Big History weaves many specializations together in a useful framework that you can use every day in your work and in your life.
The book includes a foreword by Mitch Julis, co-founder of Canyon Partners, a hedge fund with $25 billion under management. Julis writes:
Applied Big History does macro and micro. It zooms elegantly in and out, between the two throughout this engaging book by applying the general principles of acquired scientific and historical knowledge available to us today. As a result, we learn that value and wealth represent not just the flow and accumulation of money, but also stand for the fundamentals of energy, matter, and ingenuity that flow in and out of the economy and the financial system…. Grassie’s exposition is careful, concise, informative, and engaging in telling and applying this origin story to the investment world.
Who should read this book? Pretty much everybody. Big History is our common story—an origins story that transcends ethnic, political, religious, and linguistics differences. It provides a framework for understanding, debating, and solving the great challenges of our time. It provides an ennobling perspective on our lives, generating wonder, awe, amazement, and gratitude. The applied part of Big History impacts how we conceive every career and industry, every academic discipline and vocation, every problem and opportunity. Grassie’s book is unique in the field for exploring Big History as to its relevance to decision-making in business and finance.
William Grassie received his doctorate in religion from Temple University and his bachelor degree in political science from Middlebury College. Grassie’s books include The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up; Politics by Other Means: Science and Religion in the Twenty-First Century; and Transhumanism and Its Critics (edited).
Applied Big History is available in paperback for $12.99 and Kindle for $4.99. https://amzn.to/2QLHlGS
For more information, interviews, and speaking engagements, contact grassie [at] metanexus [dot] net
Table of Contents
Foreword by Mitch Julis, Canyon Partners
1. Thriving in a Complex World
Out Performing the Market/ Caveat Emptor/ Applied Big History/ Wikipedia
2. The Great Matrix
Size/ Time/ Matter/ Energetics/ Electromagnetism/ Sound/ Information-Ingenuity/ Sentience-Intelligence/ Evolved Cultural Hierarchies/ Emergent Complexity/ A Multi-Dimensional Matrix
3. The Economy of a Single Cell
The Central Bank of Chemistry/ The Currency of Life/ New Business models/ The First Agricultural Revolution/ The First Industrial Revolution/ The Whole Economy of Nature
4. Complexity Economics
‘All Hell Breaks Loose’/ Big Money/ Short and Long-Term Oscillations/ Scaling Effects/ Complex Adaptive Systems/ Complicated versus Complex/ The Fluid Dynamics of Markets/ Natural and Economic Selection
5. Death and Taxes
Energy Density Flow/ Goldilocks Gradients/ Energy Regimes/ Instability and Resilience
6. Your Hunter-Gatherer Brain
A Really Great Ape/The Great Cooperators/What We Don’t Know/Survival/Reproduction/Gendered Differences/The Cognitive Revolution/Stone Age Brains/Divided Self/System 1 and System 2/Luck of the Genes/Our Inner Demons/Our Better Angels/Elephant Morality/Caveats and Cautions
7. The Big Lollapaloozas
Welcome to the Anthropocene/ The Secret of Our Success/ Collective Learning/ Network Effects/ Imaginary Worlds and Artificial Instincts/ Energy Capture/ Information-Ingenuity Capture/ Gene-Culture Coevolution of Collective Brains
8. Existential Challenges
Anthropogenic Existential Risks/ Natural Existential Risks/ Case Study: Peak Humanity/ Case Study: Climates Change/ Useless Arithmetic/ Next Great Leap
9. The Bottom Line
Creating and Capturing Value/ Parasites or Symbionts/ Species of Specialization/ Little Bets and Big Wins/ Picking Winners/ Diversification/ The Alphas and the Rest of Us/ Teams work/ Inventing the Future/ Bad Things Happen to Good Investors/ Disaster Preparedness/ Investing in Values/ Universal Values/ Impact Investing/ Our Big Future/ Bottom Line
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