Earliest humans in Australia!!!!

Latest information suggests humans reached Australia over 100,000 years ago, which is WAY before the 60,000 years earlier thought. This means humans could sail out of sight of land, go across the strait to Australia, nearly 100 miles, a lot longer ago than anyone thought. So….if humans could reach Australia then, why not North America? Eh?Eh? EH??? I’m telling you, my Strong Heart theory is slowly being validated, bit by bit…..

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/04/03/humans-reach-australia/

More mandatory history….

I have been to Russia, eastern Russia, Kamchatka, 25 years ago, an unforgettable trip, 1994, three years after the Soviet Union dissolved. Long story, but along the way, on a bus coming from a little town called Anavguy in the north, a man in a uniform got on, from an army base we passed. He could speak a bit of English. He gave me a business card, because this was freedom, right? The hustle, and the Russians picked it up fast. I asked him what he was doing in his army base and he looked at me and said, “Protecting our nation from you.” He was dead serious. Back then I thought he was a little crazy. No more. Grab a cup of coffee, no, several cups, and listen to this piece by someone who is a true independent journalist, who has worked for Russian media and U.S. media. Well worth the time, believe me. The best summary of what happened after the Soviet Union ended I can offer….

 

Sobering, thoughtful, and damn necessary

I stumbled on this video tonight and, as someone who worked in China for several years, made many trips there, and made many friends there, and as someone who grew up listening to my father recount his year there in 1934 while on a scientific expedition, this video made compelling sense to me. It is dark, but it is real, and in the three years since it was produced I suggest nothing has changed….The initial section on Bikini Atoll is a work in itself…

One word at a time….

So…..been thinking about another tale for years, a fourth in this little series that did not start our as a series, but kept getting derailed by finishing earlier tales, then producing them with IronTwine Press….went back to the proven system, research and good old handwritten notebooks, jotting notes, thoughts, ideas, plot threads….finally started five weeks ago, really writing, you know, sitting down and actually writing…..it’s now March, spring’s coming, and I’m deep in it, 40,000 words almost, and seeing where the threads are going, chasing each one…..It is such an adventure…And meanwhile, getting reviews for the second in the series Adrift, good ones, actually, and here’s one…

https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=99582

Ah ha….

My theory concerning the development of the “modern” mind – modern humans – is that when two “different species” of hominins  interbred (i.e, neanderthal and archaic humans, or neanderthal and denisovian) something happened with the wiring of the brain which enabled the telling of stories, imagination concerning possible futures, and hence the passing of culture generation through generation through stories….This article below may suggest this theory is correct….

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cave-that-housed-neandertals-and-denisovans-challenges-view-of-cultural-evolution/