I must report to you that a terrible crisis is upon the world. What has long passed as New Age – with a heaping side of woo-woo – is being dashed on the rocks of Reality, grounded in Science. You see: This week I have been deeply thinking and contemplating on the implications of the recent discovery (late 2017) that homo sapiens– the upright apes that are us – have been around much longer than Science has previously.
Although the speciation H. sapiens is only now becoming clear, science has been very indecisive until the past couple of months, doing things like lumping Neanderthals into the H. sapiens species:
“Some sources show Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) as a subspecies (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis). Similarly, the discovered specimens of the Homo rhodesiensis species have been classified by some as a subspecies (Homo sapiens rhodesiensis), although it remains more common to treat these last two as separate species within the Homo genus rather than as subspecies within H. sapiens,”
That has pretty much blown up now that a full-on Home Sapiens jaw has been discovered that is 180,000 years old.
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Key in this is that humans (constructed like us) left Africa at least 50,000 years sooner than had been popularized by academics. And even worse for them? The science is pouring in from places like Morocco that homo sapiens (the “wise man”) has been around for a thought-shifting 350,000 years.
Now, let us look at this By Vostok-ice-core-petit.png: NOAAderivative work:
The shocker in all this is that if you go first to the lowest chart and to 350,000 years (Morocco homo sapiens) and then up to the carbon dioxide levels, and temperature above that, you will see a pretty strong case for semi-regular planetary disaster.
But most meaningful of all? Humans have been around for 350,000 years and we are about due for our fourth Ice Age as a species.
My, ain’t that cool, or what?
This week, as I was looking at the data, I decided to go on a quest for books that would be useful in my new direction in personal research.
My thinking is terribly simple – IF humans have been around so damn long, surely we have evolved some organizations (at other than the DNA memory level) to perpetuate and hold all knowledge from a period.
Starting with Morocco, looks on the chart like 10-18-thousand years of knowledge accumulation would have been possible. Maybe the Big Chill then would have been of lesser importance for equatorial homo sapiens, but now with know that by 180,000 years ago – the “backside” of Ice Age II, we were ranging at least north of modern-day Israel.
Then, once again, after Ice Age III in the 25,000 year-ago period, we see humans popping up almost everywhere.
Roughly 13,000 years ago, the collision with likely remains of a comet [Clube and Napier] – and here comes Ice Age IV.
So good is the work of Viktor Clube and William Napier, that the US government has referred to it because it’s the kind of “big risk” (being smacked by a comet) that can really ruin your day.
“According to Napier, 13,000 years ago the earth was affected by a major, rapid cooling event that caused the extinction of a large number of species and a major disruption of paleoindian cultures. Previously thought to have been caused by an enormous asteroid crashing into the planet, Professor presented evidence that the cooling even was caused collision with “a dense trail of material from a large disintegrating comet.”
Now the problem that I’m chewing on is this: If an Ice Age IV comes to visit us eventually, other than a massive (and we assume messy, violent) die-off of perhaps all but a few hundred million (out of 7-billion eaters now) do we have mechanisms in place – geographically dispersed, too – to facilitate any kind of rapid recovery.
Or, are we – as past civilizations apparently have done – just stumble arounbd blindly trying to work through the wreckage and see what has been provide by Ma Nature on the backside.
For example, it’s quite possible that much of the plains states of today were once lush forests. With monster tornadic winds last who knows how many years, how long would it take for two events to occur that made the coal fields of Appalachia?
We might be able to model it, since we have a good idea that the 13,000 year ago event was long after-effects deal. If pieces of a comet rained down causing something larger than nuclear winter, but first with 600-mile per hour winds…well, that would push some brush up against eastern mountains, for sure.
And likely with enough residual crap in the atmosphere to reduce Earth’s albedo (for a while). Higher absorption of solar heat might have prevented something of a Martian outcome (stripped atmosphere, after Immanuel Velikovsky’s work).
Fine, so far, right? But how does “New Age” figure into this?
In my most recent book, I recount a meeting with someone from Tibet once upon a time…and ever since, I have been trying to track down him, his order, and more about the purported guardians of Humanity’s Hidden Past.
What has come out is either disinformation or just rank speculation. But I keep reading. Sometimes with a fair amount of disappointment.
One book I power-read this week was The Book of Secret Wisdom: The Prophetic Record of Human Destiny and Evolution. Where I got disappointed was when the pieces about “Those born after 2012 will” in so many words witness immortals being born.
Maybe science will get there (we’re already working on telomere extension techniques to reverse aging) but such “New Age” books seem long on flowery verbiage and short of really useful data.
My next round will be some Edgar Casey books since the “sleeping prophet” has a very good rep. But, from my own experiences in The Realms (of dreams) I appreciate that there are almost uncountable distortions carrying a concept from “over there” to “over here” on the waking side.
The old New Age is in trouble, though. When you look up past/mythical ancient worlds, they don’t match up with reality now emerging from archeological digs.
Take Lemuria for example. Wikipedia places it when?
“In 1864, “The Mammals of Madagascar” by zoologist and biogeographer Philip Sclater appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Science. Using a classification he referred to as lemurs but which included related primate groups, and puzzled by the presence of their fossils in both Madagascar and India but not in Africa or the Middle East, Sclater proposed that Madagascar and India had once been part of a larger continent (he was correct in this; though in reality this was the supercontinent Pangaea).
The Lemuria theory disappeared completely from conventional scientific consideration after the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift were accepted by the larger scientific community. According to the theory of plate tectonics, Madagascar and India were indeed once part of the same landmass (thus accounting for geological resemblances), but plate movement caused India to break away millions of years ago, and move to its present location. The original landmass, the supercontinent Gondwana, broke apart; it did not sink beneath sea level.
In 1999, drilling by the JOIDES Resolution research vessel in the Indian Ocean discovered evidence that a large island, the Kerguelen Plateau, was submerged about 20 million years ago by rising sea levels. Samples showed pollen and fragments of wood in a 90-million-year-old sediment. Although this discovery might encourage scholars to expect similarities in dinosaur fossil evidence, and may contribute to understanding the breakup of the Indian and Australian land masses, it does not support the concept of Lemuria as a land bridge for mammals.
In 2013, the study of grains of sand from the beaches of Mauritius led to the conclusion that a similar landmass would have existed between 2 billion and 85 million years ago.”
Even so, the timelines don’t come anywhere near matching the Lemuria narrative of the New Agers.
There’s a bit more going for Atlantis, but here too, there are plenty of issues to be addressed:
The only primary sources for Atlantis are Plato’s dialogues Timaeus and Critias; all other mentions of the island are based on them. The dialogues claim to quote Solon, who visited Egypt between 590 and 580 BC; they state that he translated Egyptian records of Atlantis. Written in 360 BC, Plato introduced Atlantis in Timaeus:
Besides Plato, we have lots of other “pseudohistory” of Atlantis including this note:
“Much speculation began as to the origins of the Maya, which led to a variety of narratives and publications that tried to rationalize the discoveries within the context of the Bible and that had undertones of racism in their connections between the Old and New World. The Europeans believed the indigenous people to be inferior and incapable of building that which was now in ruins and by sharing a common history, they insinuate that another race must have been responsible.
In the middle and late nineteenth century, several renowned Mesoamerican scholars, starting with Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, and including Edward Herbert Thompson and Augustus Le Plongeon, formally proposed that Atlantis was somehow related to Mayan and Aztec culture.”
Because of how religions and mind control (of followers) works, any notion of a Mayan civilization collapse due to an inundation would likely be wrong. Most probably, the Chiczulub Crater (northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, was either a singular cometary fragment (of the 13,000 BC event) or was an event unto itself.
Is it possible that both Plato and others writing of Atlantis are referencing this event, or, are there other crater fragments we’re not seeing because of acculturation bias?
Notwithstanding, the New Age literature seems to have served a useful purpose, if nothing more than sparking enough media interest in the “lands of ancient woo-woo” to get funding and do some actual research.
But as for Halls of Akashic Records and hidden troves in the Himalayan mountains. You tell me where and I’m willing to do look. But after lots of research on promising leads, damned if there’s a pressing need to buy an airplane ticket yet.
Still, time though, if you want to send the long-term (200,000 year and longer) guardians along, I’ll buy ’em a beer and interview ’em.
Lots of questions to ask…and for all our science, still not enough answers in the “demon-haunted world.”
Write when you get rich,