You may not be aware that in parts of academia there is a movement called “Big History”.
It looks at history over long time frames and examines many lines of development simultaneously like evolution, population, geology and technology.
I’ve followed this field for twenty years because a friend of mine, Stuart Silverstone, was working on the subject actively more than a decade before academia paid any attention to it.
I’ve always been willing to help Stuart, as I’m always willing to help anyone with a big dream.
But about five years ago I began to realize that the whole field is nonsense and almost a deliberate effort to ignore real history. The true big bang in all of history and evolution is the development of modern commerce in Holland in 1600 and America in 1840.
The creation of modern commerce was such a monumental historic disruption of all of history that ignoring it is wrong. Plain wrong.
Modern commerce is part of big history, but it is such a central part that it we need to see history as starting with modern commerce, not the big bang.
There may be two nodal points in the history of the universe, the big bang and the start of modern commerce on the third planet from the sun. Since the people in the SETI project looking for intelligent life in the universe don't know this, they end up wasting their time and everyone's money.