Overall, you present some interesting information on new research that could force us to rethink the history of civilization.
But you lost me when you talk about imposter syndrome. Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved. Individuals with impostorism incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be.
Most of us have felt this at some point in our lives or another in a professional setting. If you’re a new grad, you get hired to do something and you’re not sure you can do it. If you’re a freelancer like I was when I started out, you accept every job and then scramble for your life to figure out how to do it. Every move up the corporate ladder mean insecurity and doubt because you don’t know if you can handle the extra responsibility.
The Peter Principle goes hand in hand with the Imposter Syndrome, because people will get promoted above their level of competency and be mediocre to bad workers at their highest position (which, BTW, explains why so many CEOs ruin the companies they are chosen to run).
Having individual doubts about you own competence is usually a temporary phenomenon. Once a person becomes confident in their ability to handle a job, they lose some of that panic. (On the other hand, a little healthy fear can be a good thing, as doctors and nurses who become too overconfident in their skills are more prone to get sloppy and fail to double check their work.)
It’s entirely possible for religious people to have total faith in some unprovable power, and still feel imposter syndrome in their professional lives. I have religious friends who recognize there is uncertainty in their job or with the children and they pray that everything works out.
On the other hand, I know scientific people whose minds are completely closed off to the idea that there may be things in this universe that are beyond our comprehension, but they can easily suffer from imposter’s syndrome.
Finally, when it comes to doing research about politics, history and economics, it’s possible to admit that we might only be 99% certain of something without being completely lost.
You asked for feedback on our Facebook group, so here it is:
I think this could article could be great if you go back and focus on the key elements: the research of Hancock, the Mastadon fossil and the Gobleki Tepe temple, along with your jokes and humorous illustrations.
There was a lot of jumping back and forth between themes that I think are unrelated. But I’m really into history, so I skipped through parts where I was losing interest to find the stuff that was interesting. That’s usually a formula that will lose readers.
It would also be helpful to edit your text on Grammarly or some other online writing editor, as there were a lot of grammatical errors, like using a semicolon when you needed to use a comma.