Cover by Scot Fagerland and Andy Meaden 1

Let’s begin with one simple question: “How did the world become this way?”  Does it have something to do with the internet? The world wars?  Religion?  Ice ages, super brains, mass extinctions, cosmic explosions?  Yes to all!  Past events from the big bang to big data still reverberate today. But just as there are different scales of space beyond our reckoning without microscopes or telescopes, it is difficult to conceive of all time scales at once.  Most history books follow a timeline on one scale and leave the rest unseen. 

This book tours the entire journey by transforming our sense of time.  Each chapter describes a power of ten years, and time is modeled three-dimensionally like hourglasses for easier comparisons.  Follow along as history zooms in progressively from the age of the universe to our own lifetime.  We’ll see today’s world continuously take shape before our eyes. 

Professional educator Scot Fagerland has meticulously vetted and summarized current scientific research in this plain English history of everything.  He narrates the sequence of events conversationally but philosophically.  Fagerland’s insights such as the “secret trillionaire fallacy” and the “3D racial spectrum” offer new perspectives on the evolution of human beings, institutions, and belief systems.   

(Test readers, click this endnote to comment on the blurb and / or cover image. 2)

Test readers, now click here to take a closer look at the Title and Cover Image. When you’re done there, return to this page and read “About this website format” below.

About this website format

Hi, my name is Scot, and I researched and wrote this book. I will likely post it to Amazon in 2021.  This online manuscript is free for an indefinite time while there is no published form. I hope it will be useful for test readers, agents, and editors.  You can download each chapter on PDF or read it here. 

Citing sources is one of my main concerns. However, I don’t like reading a book when citations keep getting in the way.  My solution is to make them discreetly.  When you see a faint superscript number, 3 clicking it will take you to an “endnote” at the bottom of the page, with a reference to my source.  When you see a big bold number, 1 hover over it to make a “footnote” appear, an interesting side comment. Hovering over a lightly highlighted word will open up a glossary entry. To search for any word throughout the site, return to this “Welcome” page and enter it in the search bar at lower left.  

If you enjoy what you see here, I would be grateful if you contacted me and referred your friends. You may leave comments on any page / post.  Note the like / share buttons at the bottom of each page.  There are also social network buttons at the bottom of this page to follow or stay in touch with me. Please consider joining the AWESOME thought Facebook group.   

Enough about me! Scroll back up to the menu bar to get started.  I’d recommend reading the Front Matter page first.  This website is mobile-friendly, but for the best presentation of all the images, I would recommend viewing it on a tablet or full-sized monitor.  

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Background image:  Stockli, Simmons, et al, public domain, attributions here.

  1. Cover concept by Scot Fagerland, execution by Andy Meaden, http://www.meadencreative.com/ . Hourglass image: Pixabay License, free for commercial use, no attribution required, https://pixabay.com/illustrations/hourglass-medieval-4578285/ (accessed and archived 3/08/20).
  2. The blurb is the 200 or so words above the line.  The main purposes of the blurb are to (1) Establish the genre and very broadly explain the concept of the book, and (2) to catch the readers’ attention in about one minute and make them curious, excited, or interested in reading more. // The ideal cover image should (1) Reinforce the title, subtitle, and blurb, (2) Be visually exciting and make your eyes linger on it, (3) Inspire your imagination about what’s in the book. Please share any thoughts about the present blurb’s and cover image’s effectiveness at these goals. Which words, phrases, or graphical elements do you find most alluring? Hold onto the first impression that this page gives you. I will be asking you about how that impression changes as you read more.
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