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"...if one were to measure our planet's age as a single 24-hour day,
the first human civilizations would appear less than a second before midnight."

PBS.org quote source = http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/origins/life.html
where the interactive presentation http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/origins/life-flash.html
includes the 'Quaternary Period' slide screen (below)

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ya = years ago
mya = million years ago

 

Information about knowledge that some who resist The World Calendar
do not themselves make obvious adds up to a breakthrough of sorts:

The puzzle has been how can anyone claim that the day of Earth creation has a known day-of-week designation and credibly use that determination to block world adoption of a calendar better than Gregorian? When beliefs continue to impose themselves on others even in view of new learning and increasing awareness of our place in the Universe, a point is reached where 'enough is enough'.

“LIFE IS FOR LIVING”

It is not readily transparent that some of the most vocal opponents of The World Calendar were and continue to be “young-Earth” advocates. They insist on keeping unbroken the long-term series of seven-day weeks because, it seems, they claim to know the exact date of Earth creation -- some 6000 years ago. This helps explain the exhaustive confusion arising from their absolute assertion that a seven-day sequence has never been interrupted and therefore must remain so in the future.

If the oldest known calendar is Egyptian circa 4236 BCE and humans and their civilizations took many centuries before that to develop it, the day of the week of Earth Creation is lost, one would think, because it was not ever known. The history of calendar records tends to concentrate on the working components of various versions that have come and gone. When start dates are offered they may appear within a range of years. Assertions of absolute chronological knowledge when attempting to apply ancient historical calendar data are, simply, risky ventures without solid base. Even the relatively recent development of the week itself varies in definition and accounts of application.

Workable calendars prompted better calendars. The previous fine-tuning into Gregorian took place in 1582 -- nearly a quarter century before invention of the telescope and about a century before minute hands started appearing regularly on clocks. Now, as deep space Hubble telescope advances continue, understanding of all that exists to be known is still just barely beginning. Earth population's moon-sun emphasis remains relevant, but also only as a speck in the Universe. Unfettering Earth calendar's frontier in time to catch up with clock accuracy progress and application seems certainly worthy as the human quest to imagine beyond the imaginable continues.

Foundations built on sand do eventually crumble, no matter any protests that prior efforts added elaborate levels of structure (‘stories’ applies in two ways here) or projections of potential expenditures required to rebuild once the foundation is sufficiently nudged. Exposing unanimous root cause of failure with a solution available but never before applied presents a world consciousness project that simultaneously teeters between definitely necessary and seemingly impossible.

The human adventure includes a past without all details known and a future that is, well, future. One thing about future, though, is that it is to some extent influenced by actions of now. When we ignore the most obvious of obstacles in light of available replacements, we consciously shape the future according to the known limits of our circumstances. Ignorance finds acceptance only until willingness to learn affects it accordingly. A world that unnecessarily keeps a calendar that those who use it cannot memorize condemns us to focus on beliefs of past rather than our enlightened future.


FOCUS ON PAST UNAWARENESS MUST NOT DENY ENLIGHTENED FUTURE.

 


"SHOULDN'T OUR CALENDAR BE AS SIMPLE AS OUR CLOCK?"


 


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24 Novemberr 2011