From the Big Bang, to the first stars; from the stars to galaxies and superclusters; from stars to planets, to Earth; from Hydrogen and Helium to all the elements of the Periodic Table; from single cell life forms to plants, to animals, to human beings……….there are a couple of themes which run through the whole story.
Differentiation and diversity. It’s a story of increasing difference, of more and more unique and different elements.
Integration. Integration is the building of mutually beneficial relationships between differentiated parts.
Complexity. As different elements, or parts, build more and more mutually beneficial links, greater complexity emerges.
And here we are now. Human beings. With the most complex systems known in the Universe – our bodies, our brains, our consciousness.
Wow! It’s really pretty breath-taking.