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PROPHETS OF CATASTROPHISM Pt. 1

“So let us stop talkin’ falsely now, the hour’s getting late”  –Bob

I should explain how in the days of Earth science, from the late 1600s to the mid-1800s, the first geologists were generally called natural philosophers since geology did not then exist as an academic discipline. In one form or another almost all of them were Catastrophists. These men looked at the world around them with a deep curiosity and came to believe the direct evidence of the landscape revealed the imprint of major upheavals in the order of Nature. Continue reading PROPHETS OF CATASTROPHISM Pt. 1

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“On things dug up from the Earth”

“So let us stop talkin’ falsely now, the hour’s getting late”  –Bob

There will always be those few people who look beyond the superficiality of everyday life in search of a deeper meaning. They instinctively know that there is a reason and purpose to existence, but at the same time realize that such deeper meaning does not yield itself up to mere cursory consideration.

To obtain a measure of this deeper understanding of existence is to attain wisdom. Continue reading “On things dug up from the Earth”

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RETHINKING PREHISTORY

“So let us stop talkin’ falsely now, the hour’s getting late”  –Bob

Is it time to rethink prehistory?

This is the question I raised at the conclusion of my last post. I can say that the answer to that question is an unequivocal yes.

I would even go so far as to say that understanding of our own human past on this planet is only in its infancy. I have referred to the veil that separates this world age, the age of the ‘whole recent’ that is, the Holocene Epoch, from that which came before, a world dramatically different from the one in which human culture ostensibly rose from a primitive, nomadic, hunter-gatherer existence to the pinnacle of the global civilization upon whose threshold we are now poised. Continue reading RETHINKING PREHISTORY

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Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 1 of 3

“So let us stop talkin’ falsely now, the hour’s getting late”  –Bob

With this new blog I will have the opportunity to wax eloquent about a variety of matters that I find to be important, timely, interesting, though-provoking, entertaining, inspiring, or even controversial and provocative. Of course, I will regularly get into the… Continue reading Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 1 of 3

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Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 2 of 3

Here we are with another contribution to the new website with a new initiative to move this work to the next level. So, what do I mean by “this work?” And what do I mean by “the next level?  First and foremost, this work is educational. We inhabit a world and a universe that are profoundly mysterious in multiple ways. We are presented with layer upon layer of mystery… Continue reading Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 2 of 3

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Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 3 of 3

When we consider that apparently modern humans have been walking this Earth for upwards of 200 thousand years, we are moved to wonder what was going on during all those forgotten millennia in terms of human social organization. Should we assume that no group ever advanced beyond widely dispersed tribes of nomadic hunter-gatherers, living off the land and, presumably, trying to Continue reading Introduction To The Randall Carlson Blog / Part 3 of 3