When Time Became History - The Human Era

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For the fifth time, we present to you the Human Era Calendar for the year 12,021 - this time it is all about the journey of humanity, beginning tens of thousands of years ago, leading into the revolution of agriculture, to ancient high civilizations and the beginning of modern times, culminating in a vision for our future. You can get the limited Edition now until we sell out and then never again. As always the calendar features 12 illustrated pages printed on high quality paper in Europe and the US. And this year the cover is especially shiny. The calendar will look great on your wall and let you dream about a glorious future. We truly have come far as a species!

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    These videos are great, and they provide a massive amount of information in condensed, easy to follow animations. However, this completely skipped over two of the most important factors of human civilization: the role of religion and the effects of warfare. Humans are not (yet) a completely cooperative species, and we have rarely behaved as rationally as this video seems to suggest. Why trade a life of freedom and diverse diet for a sedentary life of toil? There were probably many reasons, but let's not forget that one of the main reasons was probably because "the sun god wants you to, and I know this because I am the sun god's prophet, so you should listen to me. Also, the god of the rain wants us to brutally conquer that other settlement over there."

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    @Raymond Christopher Tanto might not be if they keep passing the servers down to people to keep them up which would be veryyyyy usful to future gens to see what we was doing hundreds of years ago

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    a lot of your why questions could be answered with colonialism

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    I feel like this is definitely ignoring colonialism. Colonialism and pre-colonialism is definitely why the Human Era began the way it did, and why we are the way we are today.

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    It was anything but peaceful....and no I don't thank any ancestors ...... ours is a history of slavery and painted in blood .....it's a history of greed ...wars....fallen civilizations....and power ....since time immemorial....

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