ou are about to be presented with a graphical display depicting a remarkable coincidence of events that cluster within the brief time of one century - perhaps even one lifetime - at about 3100 years before the common era (or roughly 4500 radiocarbon years ago). Here you will see that events that have long dominated human culture, tradition, even shaping our consciousness and sense of origins and destiny; you will note how these correspond with remarkable faithfulness to a powerful event, probably of extraterrestrial origin, that shut the gates to an idyllic garden of idyllic memory and thrust the world into its current era of pain, agriculture, urban civilization, stress, algebra, political correctness, and writing. Is it not too much to imagine that we can find here at this date the very foundation of human consciousness?
 Donnelly, Atlantis, 1882
(Julius Jaynes, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash)