Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer and renegade scholar.
Carlson is friends with Graham Hancock. Clarkson believes there was a pre-Ice Age human civilization. Gobekli Tepe in Turkey was built 11,000 years ago, not long after the last Ice Age ended. It resembles a smaller version of Stonehenge. For unknown reasons, it was deliberately buried about 10,000 years ago, which preserved it. Greenland ice cores serve as records of the Earth’s mean temperature [however, they aren’t perfectly accurate, as mean temperatures in Greenland don’t perfectly track with mean temperatures across the planet]. Between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago, there were violent swings in global temperature whose causes are still unknown. This illustrates how poor our understanding of climate really is. Humans have caused a rise in greenhouse gases, but the current global warming probably owes mostly to natural factors that we either don’t understand yet or which are being downplayed by politically motivated people. The Little Ice Age started sometime in the 1200s AD, was at its worst around 1650 AD, and didn’t end until the late 1800s or early 1900s AD. The glaciers grew, and since they were so massive, their melting lagged actual increases in global temperatures that have happened since the Little Ice Age ended. This is why photo series that show the retreat of the world’s glaciers are mostly unjustified alarmism: Old photos and drawings of glaciers in the 1800s and early 1900s show what they were like at the tail end of the Little Ice Age. Comparing them to photos taken in the present day is disingenuous if the purpose is to highlight some unnatural catastrophe in the making, or to serve as “proof” the humans are warming the planet. The glaciers are slowly melting because the Little Ice Age ended. It’s critical to understand how widely accepted “baselines” of what counts as a “normal” Earth climate were established. [Similarly, the 2015 droughts in California convinced people that it was further proof the entire region was drying out thanks to anthropogenic global warming. However, the dominant factor is the region’s long-term climate cycling. The Southwest has actually been in a prolonged climactic wet cycle that is now ending. What’s happening more broadly speaking to that region is a return to what is actually normal. The relatively wet and verdant California that we’ve gotten used to over the past 200 years of white settlement (a pitifully short period of time in climactic scales) and today think of as the ‘climate baseline’ is actually an aberration. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/science/californias-history-of-drought-repeats.html There was a sharp drop in global temperatures from 536-544 AD, probably thanks to a major volcanic eruption outside of Europe or East Asia. There were mass crop failures, starvation, and weeks on end where the Sun was obscured by the clouds or “fog” according to ancient writings, and it made the Dark Ages worse. The Justinian Plague–which was actually Bubonic plague–started at the end of that period, and was the worst epidemic until the Black Death of the 1300s AD. [Could just be a coincidence that the disasters happened in quick succession.] The Medieval Warm Period caused an increase in farm yields and concomitant growth to Europe’s population, wealth, and state of health. It was during this period that the great Cathedrals of Europe were built. (https://web.stanford.edu/~moore/HistoryEcon.html) The cathedral building spree stopped with the onset of the Little Ice Age, which was evident in Europe by the early 1300s AD. Crop failures, starvation, and another horrible Bubonic plague (starting in 1347) followed. [Again, the temperature drop and the plague could have co-occurred by coincidence. Carlson doesn’t describe how there could be a causal relationship.] History shows that there are major benefits to global warming and major downsides to global cooling. Advocates ignore this because they have a political agenda related to climate change. Carlson’s unspoken point in citing these examples is that global warming is good for humans. The historical record shows that large, enduring changes to global temperature happened before the Industrial Age, and without changes to CO2 levels. Thus, CO2 isn’t the only variable affecting the global temperatures, and might in fact be a minor variable. Carlson believes that stories passed down through the “oral traditions” of people in indigenous cultures are accurate records of past events, and haven’t been distorted with time and fungible human memory because the indigenous people charged with remembering and passing the stories down were “well-trained.” Carlson considers them accurate when they describe ancient events, like meteor impacts or volcanic eruptions, that align with his theories about history. During the nadir of the last Ice Age, global sea levels were 400 feet lower than today, exposing most of the Continental Shelves. As the Ice Age ended, the ice melted rapidly (in geological timescales), in surges called “Meltwater pulses,” raising sea levels by anywhere from 20 – 60 mm per year, and there were epic floods in the Mississippi basin. [This is very fast sea level rise, but it can’t really explain the myth of Atlantis disappearing beneath the waves in one day] The relatively fast climate change probably explains the global extinctions of megafauna like sabre-toothed tigers and glyptodons. Carlson rejects the “Overkill hypothesis,” which attributes the extinctions to human hunters. (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/01/what-killed-great-beasts-north-america) Catastophism–which is a field of thought in geology contending that the Earth can have abrupt changes in climate–is mostly rejected by the mainstream today due to its resemblance to Biblical literalism, but there’s growing evidence it is valid. “Glacial outburst floods” restored some credence to catastophism. Such floods have been documented in modern times in Iceland, Alaska and Canada, and evidence of the massive “Missoula Flood” at the end of the last Ice Age was confirmed in the early 20th century. Carlson brought Graham Hancock to the site of the Missoula Flood to show him an example of a plausible megadisaster that could have destroyed his hypothesized “Mother Civilization.” [Ugh] There were mass graves of dead Woolly Mammoths in Siberia, with signs of sudden death but no evidence of being killed by humans. During the 1800s, thousands of the skeletons were dug up and exported to richer countries like Britain. Carlson thinks Chinese and Phoenicians might have visited the New World before Columbus. During the last Ice Age, glaciers scraped the topsoil off of much of Canada and deposited it in the U.S. Upper Midwest as they melted. The Canadian Shield–which is where the glaciation was heaviest and lasted the longest–today has very thin topsoil over bedrock. During the Ice Age, sea levels were 400 feet lower, exposing large swaths of land (particularly around the Bering Strait and the Southeast Asia) that today are underwater. Known ancient civilizations lived in river valleys, near the coasts. Therefore, if a lost civilization existed during the Ice Age, its ruins might lie undiscovered on the sea floor, in a place where a major river met the coast in prehistoric times. “Ancient flood” and “lost island civilization” myths are very common throughout the world. Some of them could be based on real civilizations that were wiped out by rising sea levels or huge floods that happened as the Ice Age was ending. Accompanying myths about how one or a few “wise people” like Moses foresaw the impending disaster, prepared and survived could also be true. Those survivors were just the “doomsday preppers” of their day. They didn’t necessarily have any insight from God, they were just slightly paranoid and obsessive. Carlson thinks an asteroid impact heated up the planet, ending the Ice Age and explaining the geological evidence showing some places like Washington state had sudden, catastrophic floods, and explaining why the Ice Age ended so fast. Plato said Atlantis sank 11,600 years before the current day, which is when the Ice Age was rapidly ending and sea levels were rising. Carlson dismisses the possibility that the actual story about Atlantis was distorted during the 9,000 year interval between Atlantis sinking and Plato hearing it from a wise man and writing it down. On multiple continents, there’s a layer of microdiamond fragments in the soil that has been carbon-dated to correspond with Carlson’s theories about when asteroid impacts triggered climate change. Carlson believes the Sphinx could be much older than is commonly thought, and is proof that at least one, lost civilization existed before recorded history. While humans are certainly damaging the environment, natural disasters have caused much worse damage in the past, and the Earth has healed from it. [Recall Goat Guy’s point about global warming people obsessing over small-scale human experiments with ocean iron fertilization unbalancing the environment when volcanic eruptions have been dumping vastly larger quantities of iron into the seas at random intervals for millions of years, yet the planet recovers each time.] For example, the glaciers that formed during the last Ice Age destroyed all of the forests in the northern half of North America and in much of Siberia. Humans have never clear-cut so many trees. Carlson is a Freemason. The geometric architecture of Angkor Wat and many cathedrals contains hidden information. Freemasonry is one of the oldest institutions in the world. It started in the Middle Ages. Carlson thinks it might have copied rituals and ideas from even older groups, dating back to the ancient era.