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Fred Spier, Senior Lecturer in Big History, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands

How Big History Works: Energy Flows and the Rise and Demise of Complexity (Evo Devo Universe 2008)

In this article, I advance an explanatory scheme for all of history from the beginning of the Universe until life on Earth today (big history). My scheme is based on the ways in which energy levels as well as matter and energy flows have made possible both the rise and demise of complexity in all its forms.