Gloss, Year

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@ K. 2008 05 07

Even our science is still ridiculously anthropomorphic and earth-centered. A “year”? If a year is the time it takes for one full rotation of our planet about the sun, and our planet is some 4.6 billion such rotations old, what meaning can it have to talk about a year in times before there was such a planet? How can there be “feet” before any confirmed instance of a creature with feet?
It sure would be handy if we took the time to invent a unit of time that wasn’t so infantile, so self-centered. A “second.” What, in the universe, is a “second”? Same with all our units. Find something in physics, something with measurable regularily, and use That as a standard. “Minutes,” “hours,” “days” … Infantile. Even days is a local illusion.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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