A 60 second lecture on "Human History"


Just caught this at Boingboing: Here you have history professor, Dr. Alan Charles Kors, attempting to encapsulate the entirety of human history in a 60 second lecture. The transcript goes:

* First, tribes: tough life.

* The defaults beyond the intimate tribe were violence, aversion to difference, and slavery. Superstition: everywhere.

* Culture overcomes them partially.

* Rainfall agriculture, which allows loners.

* Irrigation agriculture, which favors community.

* Division of labor plus exchange in trade bring mutual cooperation, even outside the tribe.

* The impulse is always there, though: "Kill or enslave the outsider."

* Gradual science from Athens' compact with reason.

* Division of labor, trade, the mastery of knowledge, plus time brought surplus, sometimes a peaceful extended order and, rules diversely evolved and, the cooperation of strangers - always warring against the fierce defaults of tribalism, violence, and ignorance.

* No one who teaches you knows what will happen.

The video (which is cooler) can be seen here, although you will need RealPlayer to see it.

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I once summarized human history for my 11-yr old son thus:
"Human history in a nutshell: I'm going to kick your ass and take your stuff." Time for us to move to the next level...

I am inclined to agree with "etbnc" - on both counts - yet it is a fun way to view one literate person's condensed view of what's happened .... so far

- Kare, movingfrommetowe.com