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Old 07-09-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Question Calendars and Time: What year is it, really?

A somewhat controversal subject of interest, I hope. Something I bet a lot of people have noticed, too. BC and AD, BCE and CE, Lunar/Solar, or Universal?

All of the calendars and clocks I see say that the year is 2009. Why?

This calendar system may be convenient, but it is debatable whether or not our calendars should be based on the supposed birth of Christ. (Let's not debate whether or not Jesus existed in this thread please)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bce

I thought this might spark some interesting discussion. If we didn't base our calendars on recorded human history, what would we base them on?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_universe

This brings into question, how would we represent our time if completely based on empirical scientific evidence and time-measuring methods?

So far, the closest I can get is a rough estimate between 13.5 and 14 billion years. And based on that esimate, this is all that I can assume about the current year: somewhere between 13,5??,???,??? and 14,???,???,???.

Perhaps we should base the current year on the age of earth since its formation or the age of our sun? 4.56?,???,??? ? Even so, estimates are still rough and precisely exact dates are very difficult to determine.

So, what do you all think about this?


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