The alignment of the great Irish tomb of Newgrange toward the winter solstice sunrise dates back only 5,000 years, but our ancestors must have been aware of the cycle of seasons even before they evolved into modern humans roughly 300,000 years ago.
As another year draws to a close, journalists and pundits everywhere are making lists of the biggest events, trends and surprises of the past 12 months and making predictions of what the coming 12 will bring. But as tempting as it is to use my final Stratfor column of 2017...
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