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To fully understand today’s world, we must rewind the past at several different speeds.  Rewind decades for perspective on today’s climate change debate.  Rewind a million years and see climate changes that shaped the human body and brain.  All time scales are equally important!  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. 

How Life Got This Way tours the entire journey by transforming our sense of time.  Each chapter describes a power of ten years. Time is modeled three-dimensionally, as hourglasses, for easier visualizations.  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.   

About this website format

Hi, my name is Scot, and I researched and wrote this book. It is fully written. After some formatting procedures, I will likely post it to Amazon in 2022. Until there is a published form, this online manuscript will remain here for free. I hope it will be useful for author services, agents, editors, publishers, and reviewers.  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, 2 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.  

Copyright 2016 – 2021, The Law Office of Scot S. Fagerland, PC

Copyright 2008 – 2015, Scot Fagerland

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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). All other images obtained by royalty-free license, available on inquiry.
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