Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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Been underground

I just got back from a cave project weekend in the mountains of southeastern Arizona, which is why I have not posted this past weekend. The project involves surveying and mapping one of the more significant caves in Arizona, and has been on-going now for almost three years. We hope to finish sometime next year. I am the cartographer and project leader.

Posting to resume shortly. Stay tuned.


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  • D.K. Williams

    Sounds like fun!!!

  • Cotour

    I am interested in ancient / stone age / native American cultures. Have you ever been deep in a cave and found evidence that ancient people have been there and wondered how the hell they got there? Some caves in Europe have beautiful and elaborate cave paintings a half mile deep in some caves, and its not easy in any way to get there. I always think, if their light source was ever lost that would pretty much be it for them. All done with lamps and torches, no batteries.

  • There is ample evidence in Mammoth Cave in Kentucky of American Indians traveling very deep into the cave using reed torches. However, I have seen little evidence in Arizona that the Indians ever traveled much farther than the initial rooms that were still in twilight.

    Regardless, we should never be astonished by the things humans do. We are capable of some amazing things, from journeying deep inside a cave barefoot with only flame torches for light to launching a robot spacecraft to a distant comet so that it can gently land on its surface to take pictures and analyze the surface.

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