Guest Bio: Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well-known for books such as Fingerprints of the Gods and his latest book Magicians of the Gods. Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer, and renegade scholar. Michael Shermer is a science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor in chief of its magazine Skeptic.
Topics Discussed: Why they’re doing the podcast; “Did a Comet Wipe Out Ice Age Megafauna” article; what caused mass extinction and climate change; Taurid metor stream; Magicians of the Gods book; alternative archaeological theories; Black Athena book; Napier hypothesis; patterns are sometimes random; Why People Believe Weird Things book; Michael thinks they are just filling in the blanks in history; Gobekli Tepe talk; debate about who built Gobekli Tepe; neanderthals in San Diego; more Gobekli Tepe talk; who made Gobekli Tepe; Guns, Germs, and Steel book; debate about whether the people who built Gobekli Tepe were hunters/gatherers; building Gobekli Tepe today would be very difficult; hunters/gatherers had a lot of free time; were the people who built Gobekli Tepe an agricultural society; Michael thinks three dimensional cave paintings are more impressive than Gobekli Tepe; Fingerprints of the Gods book; why did the human brain grow; “Conjuring Up a Lost Civilization from Nothing” article; Graham debunks article; (1:00:00) Graham keeps debunking and ranting; Book of Enoch book; more debate about a lost civilization building Gobekli Tepe; debate about the age of the Sphinx of Giza; great pyramids of Giza; possible Nile river flooding; Michael thinks Randall is filling in gaps in history with “environmental changes”; mainstream archaeologists and scientists attack Graham for his theories; asteroid impacts and craters; animal extinction, the impact hypothesis, and hunting; human migration into South America; more talk about what humans were hunting and human extinction; American Serengeti book; “The Clovis Point and the Discovery of America’s First Culture” article; debate about how/when humans came to America; “What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking” article; short-faced bear; more ranting and debate about Clovis; Forbidden Archaeology book; more talk about the Sphinx and water erosion; more arguing about evidence and the lack thereof; what happened at the end of the last ice age; (Michael shows a graph about something); (Randall shows some slides); (2:00:00) talk about comets and asteroid impacts; Tunguska event; Atlantis debate; Indonesia and flooding in the past; (Marc Defant Skypes into the podcast, so now there are five people talking); Marc and Graham debate the article Marc wrote for Skeptic Magazine; Marc and Graham debate about things written in Fingerprints of the Gods; Graham believed the Mayan calendar and thought something bad would happen in 2012; asteroid impact debate; Gobekli Tepe debate; Easter Island debate; more fighting about Marc’s article; (a map is brought up on screen); talk about the map that I can’t actually see because I’m listening to the podcast; debate about flooding, asteroid impacts, and glaciers melting; Lake Agassiz; ice sheets melting; Camas prairie; 40 floods hypothesis; (a graph is shown and debated); more debate about floods; Finger Lakes; talk about comets and asteroids; (Marc leaves the podcast); (Malcolm LeCompte Skypes into the podcast); (3:00:00) more talk about comet/asteroid impact theories; (Randall pulls up some images and they talk about them); Trinitite; (more slides are shown and discussed); talk about asteroid impacts and megafauna extinction; hunting big animals like woolly mammoths with bows and arrows; why Malcolm got into science; (Malcolm leaves the podcast); Scablands talk and more pictures are shown; (a video of the Scablands is shown); (pictures of mastodon bone deposits are shown); talk about bones and fossils; (picture of a mastodon with broken legs); Otzi the Iceman; Michael compliments Graham and Randall; (Randall shows more slides of mastodon bones); (slide of London ivory docks and mammoth tusks).
My Thoughts: If you’re interested in this stuff, you should probably watch this rather than just listen to it since many pictures and slides are shown. Lots of ranting and arguing and the three seem to gang up on Michael (and his friend Marc, who Skypes in to the podcast). I did my best linking to articles and information. This is really just a lot of arguing.
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