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Fantastic set of timelines...
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:40:59 PM »
Well, it is just one big picture, but as you scroll down , you see a set of timeslines, each one covering a longer span of time than the one above it. They start with the last 24 hours and end with a timeline that covers everything from the Big Bang til now. Very nice.

http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/08/putting-time-in-perspective.html?m=1

If everything was only 6000 years old, this would be pretty boring.
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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 12:22:55 AM »
Oh, I like that. Thanks, PP. Thinking about the past and future is one of the things that humans don't share with too many other species, yet we're really not very good at it.

Perspectives like those are helpful. For instance, if we've only been able to talk to each other about concepts like last week and the week to come for 50,000 years, some of our screw-ups are a little easier to understand.

Or rationalize. Whatever.   :-\
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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 03:39:42 AM »
Poor Bob.

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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 05:03:45 AM »
That chart is wildly inaccurate.  I didn't sleep that much last night!

But seriously, what an amazing way to represent time.  At the Hayden Planetarium here in NYC, there is a long spiral ramp that you walk down as you leave the planetarium show.  Along the ramp is a representation of time, starting with the big bang.  At the very very end of this long ramp, we see life on earth emerge, and a few tiny inches at the end represent human history.


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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 07:17:59 AM »
Shit, just got up and looking forward to the day...now after seeing this I'm back UNDER the bed. ;)
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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 07:53:15 PM »
   Human beings always have and most likely always will have issues with the very big (the universe), the very small (atoms, molecules, viruses, bacteria, etc.), the very fast (speed of light, most chemical reactions, etc.) and the very slow (geological processes, evolution, cosmology, etc.) .
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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 08:36:13 PM »
   Human beings always have and most likely always will have issues with the very big (the universe), the very small (atoms, molecules, viruses, bacteria, etc.), the very fast (speed of light, most chemical reactions, etc.) and the very slow (geological processes, evolution, cosmology, etc.) .

Exactly right.  Above or below a certain scale, we have to use tricks. Timelines or other devices can help us understand the scale, at least visually. But our brains aren't tuned for billions of years or nano scales and it isn't easy. I, for one, certainly appreciate it when people create explanations/charts/clarification such as this timeline.

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Re: Fantastic set of timelines...
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 11:14:41 PM »
Exactly right.  Above or below a certain scale, we have to use tricks. Timelines or other devices can help us understand the scale, at least visually. But our brains aren't tuned for billions of years or nano scales and it isn't easy. I, for one, certainly appreciate it when people create explanations/charts/clarification such as this timeline.

Oh, I do like that, PP. It's dead on: we have to trick our minds into looking at things rationally. It certainly doesn't come naturally to us.
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