TIMELINE OF HUMAN SUPERSTITION:
2 million BC~250,000 BC: early humans do not bury dead; bodies left to rot inplace or disposed of in rock shafts.
250,000 BC~50,000 BC: humans begin deliberate mass burials in graves without embellishments or markers
50,000 BC~15,000 BC: Numerous fertility, animal and phallilc figurines appear across Europe and Asian continents marking the dawn of animism.
15,000 BC~11,000 BC: Humans with animal masks debut the start of shamanism - a form of animism with the added belief that a special human could control the spirits.
11,000BC: Discovery of agriculture. Neolithic revolution begins transforming nomadic hunter/gatherer lifestyle to permanent settlements. Systematic writing begins allowing recordation of knowledge. Complex temple structures emerge adorned with animals and insects.
8,000 BC~6,000 BC: Solar tracking structures emerge to chart the planting and harvest seasons
5,500 BC: Animal and human sacrifice begins. Existing solar structures modified with sacrificial altars. The era of the sky god begins.
3,100 BC: Immortalization of Egytian pharaohs begin. Royal family and court members that belong to a particular pharaoh are willingly sacrificed and buried around his tomb to continue serving him in the afterlife as a god. The era of the demigod begins.
2,200 BC: Coffin Texts appear. Spells and enchantments are written on coffins by priests as a kind of backdoor hack for commoners to gain entrance to the afterlife. The tradition goes viral and the afterlife is no longer the sole domain for royalty. The Age of Immortality Begins.
1,300 BC: Influence of divine kings give way to divine commoners. Gods begin speaking and acting through peasants, prisoners and societal outcasts by interpreting dreams, numerology, astrological portents, prophecy, or dire warnings through convoluted parables. The Age of the Prophets begin.
1,010 BC: Prophets begin anointing kings with oil as a sign of a "mashiach" or divinely appointed human to change the course of Hebrew destiny. Other groups deploy their own legends of a mashiach. The Age of the Messiah begins.
586 BC: Destruction of the first Jerusalem temple. Themes of deliverance enter the picture as prophets begin foretelling the destruction of the Roman occupation by a messiah from the Davidian lineage and replaced with a brand new Israel annointed by god that would be the envy the world. The Age of Salvation begins.
54 AD: Paul of Tarsus begins building numerous churches throughout Ephesus, Thessaloniki, Philipi and Corinth in the religious vacuum that was caused by the expulsion of the Jews and several other religious cults in the Roman empire. Combining the idea of salvation and sin, Paul transforms the fledgling Christian cult into global proportions. The Age of Monotheism begins.
1492 AD: Discovery of America kicks off a major spiral in Catholic influence as the idea of monotheism is questioned. The church scrambles to piece together a working theme to account for people born much too early in lands much too far away. In dismay, some bishops begin to offer salvation in exchange for money. The Age of Discovery begins.
1600 AD: Eccentric intellectuals begin using science to identify proper cause and effect relationships. Knowledge gives way to peculiar insight that challenges long held beliefs and advances skepticism of traditional faiths for the first time in history. The Age of Reason begins.
1965 AD: Acceleration of historic and scientific data is made possible by the invention of the computer. Thirty years later, the internet goes online. Humans are rapidly exposed to an endless wealth of knowledge. Information accumulates at a geometric rate and accelerates our understanding of human history and how reality works. Atheism begins its formidable climb in direct proportion to the information available while a sharp decline in religiousness is simultaneously recorded. By the end of the 20th century, the internet penetrates remote areas of the world. Large, global declines in superstitious beliefs emerge on surveys, polls and scientific papers. Political groups and religious leaders begin declaring war on Atheism by slandering materialist ideas like biology and cosmology. Scientific knowledge is threatened from religious groups filing lawsuits to ban certain types of information in public schools. Atheists, scientists and other secular groups fight back through a visceral display of dialog, debate, and publication of books that challenge the idea of god and other superstitious beliefs for the first time in human history. The Age of Information begins.