Many ancient and indigenous cultures speak of Earth cycles and cycles of civilization. This is expressed in such traditions as the Hindu Yuga Cycle, the World Ages of the Maya, Zodiacal Ages (currently we are transitioning from the Age of Pisces to that of Aquarius), and the classical concept of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Iron Ages. These notions are often dismissed as mythological nonsense by orthodox academics, but Dr. Schoch has found evidence in support of their reality. With his re-dating of the Great Sphinx of Egypt in the 1990s, he placed the origin of civilization thousands of years earlier than previously believed – a thesis now confirmed by the stunningly sophisticated 12,000-year-old site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. But something catastrophic happened, not only to early civilization, but also to our planet. The climate changed dramatically and in a geological instant numerous species went extinct abruptly, glaciers melted and sea levels rose and humanity suffered a mighty setback. The cause of all this turmoil? Our Sun! As Dr. Schoch will elucidate, the Sun goes through cycles of relative stability and quiescence punctuated by major solar outbursts, the ramifications of which are far reaching. Today, with our modern technology, we are incredibly vulnerable to such solar cycles, but with knowledge and foresight we can collectively make preparations for the future.