A Brief Big History of Everything with Jeff Tash
Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Class dates: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19.
How comfortable are you with your own understanding of science and history? Do you feel you can intelligently explain how our world, and mankind, has gotten to where we are today? This course is about natural, biological, and cultural evolution. The goal is to help you re-explore all the science and history that you may have either already forgotten or never bothered to learn in the first place.
In each class we’ll present stories drawn from the works of three outstanding authors: David Christian, Yuval Noah Harari, and Leonard Shlain. Their books include the following: Origin Story, Sapiens, Homo Deus, Sex, Time and Power, and The Alphabet versus The Goddess. These historical narratives provide incredibly deep, yet easy-to-understand, scientific and historical explanations that describe virtually everything – from the moment our universe began – right on up to the present day political battles between the disillusioned and the deplorables.
Ancient peoples based their lives around mythology and religion. Even though those religions and myths are now thousands of years old, many of the ideas and concepts they put forth continue to persist today. Yet, beginning about 500 years ago, the world embarked on a scientific revolution. Science tells a pretty compelling story explaining who we are and how we got here – and that story is quite a bit different than the explanations provided by religions and myths. Are you ready for a new renaissance – a modern age enlightenment?
Think of this class as infotainment – kind of like sitting in front of your television watching PBS’s Nova but, instead, you’ll be sitting in a classroom listening to an impassioned lecturer tell stories. There is no requirement that students must read any of the aforementioned books. The presentation materials are drawn directly from the authors’ books.
The instructor for this course is Jeff Tash – an experienced storyteller. Back when Open University of Wellfleet was founded, Jeff taught a course where he told stories about the history of Wellfleet. In his professional career, before he retired to Wellfleet, Jeff was a technology architect who specialized in telling stories about computers and information technology.