By Letter to the Editor on September 9, 2020.
Despite the pandemic gripping the globe, there are more positive things going on which make the age we are living in incredibly interesting. Most don’t know it yet (yet soon will), but we are living in a time where our whole worldview is about to be tossed on its head. No, I’m not talking about social events or elections. I’m talking about our nature as humans and our place in the cosmos.
Who we are as a species is about to start looking very different than it did one year ago, five years ago, 10 years ago, and absolutely 20 or 30 years ago.
Once, I wrote a letter to this paper arguing that the established history of human habitation in the Americas, ala mainstream academics, was likely incorrect. Evidence has appeared from the 1960s onwards, suggesting our established theories of human habitation in the Americas were very wrong, on the order of tens of thousands of years.
But such suggestions were laughed out. When I wrote my original letter, I was treated to derision by a local educator who proudly pronounced that it was impossible for humanity to have been in the Americas more than 13,000 years ago because of the “Clovis First” doctrine.
I remember this doctrine from the late 1990s when I took my archeology classes at the U of L, and it was put forward as indisputable fact. The author of my rebuke was churlish and arrogant, asking how stupid anyone could be to believe in anything other than Clovis First? Yet, in the last 10 years, and especially the last five years, we have come to see that this doctrine was not only false, it has held North American archeology back 50 years!
The academics of today are now past Clovis First, finding several accepted sites going back at least double if not triple the time that Clovis First allowed. Who knowsÉsome could go back even further, and for my money likely do!
My point is that we must get out of the rut of “we know all there is to know about our world now.” Truth is, the more we discover, the more we know how much we don’t know. This reality is about to be even further reinforced in the coming months as the U.S. government finally prepares to reveal that we are not alone in the universe.