Half a century ago C. P. Snow described the divide between “two cultures,” the sciences and the humanities; yet the divide remains. The focus and methodology of the sciences—specialized and objective—virtually preclude unification from the science side. The challenge for the humanities is to employ interdisciplinary and subjective methodologies to join the two cultures. While individual sciences (astronomy, chemistry, geology, biology, anthropology, and genetics) investigate specific areas of knowledge, each includes an underlying history and narrative defining its relevance to the human situation today. An extended history or grand narrative will recount the origins of the Universe, formation of Earth, progress of life, and human ascent united by themes of emergence, ordered complexity, and creativity. Our challenge is widespread incorporation of big history and cosmic narratives into educational curricula from grade school to grad school.
|Keywords:||History, Narrative, Big History, Cosmic Narratives|
Associate Professor, Department of English , College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA