The Grok Project is one man's attempt to experience as much of the history of human development as possible firsthand. For the next few years, Ian Scleifer will fully immerse himself in the history of science and technology, or as Ian writes:

"Instead of just studying and summarizing this history, I am going to try to experience it in any way I can. I will smelt iron, perform the oil-drop experiment, build motors, etc …. This will go from the dawn of civilization through the present and BEYOND!"
In November he spent a week trying out the Paleolithic diet, which cuts out grains, legumes, refined sugars, dairy, and fermented beverages in favor of all meats and fish along with some fruits and veggies. Not too long after that he spent a weekend learning how to twist his own rope and then how to flintknap.

Ian is bringing in the new year by building and learn to throw a spear.

I really hope Ian keeps the Grok Project going. He's an engaging writer and a smart guy, and this thing could get really fun. Is it just me, or does this seem like the perfect premise for a Discovery Channel show? I'm subscribed and will be following along as it goes. You can grab the Grok Project RSS feed here. You can also follow Ian on Twitter.

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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Grok Project: Living the history of human advancement
Ian Schleifer is on a mission to fully experience the history of science and technology and is starting his quest in the Paleolithic era.