Insignificance

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  1. Diogenes1

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    Putting Time In Perspective



    Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our fault—the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it's almost impossible to get a handle on it. If the Earth formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm—1 second. And if human history itself spans 24 hours from one midnight to the next, 14 minutes represents the time since Christ.


    To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which). All timeline lengths are exactly accurate to the amount of time they're expressing.


    A note on dates: When it comes to the far-back past, most of the dates we know are the subject of ongoing debate. For these timelines, it's cumbersome to put a ~ sign before every ancient date or an asterisk explaining that the date is still being debated, so I just used the most widely accepted dates and left it at that.





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    Happy birthday Chriza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :dancin: :dance: :party:
     
  3. Lou Loomis

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    Thanks for the heads-up.


    Valid points have been made.
     
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    interesting but you can't possibly imagine the self-absorbed simpletons who post here will do anything but dismiss and clown on this thread.
     
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    People like to say we are destroying the Earth with pollution, emissions, etc.

    We're really destroying ourselves.

    The Earth will be here long after we die out.

    It's just a big rock after all.



    That's my deep thought for today. :hat:
     
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    humans are arrogant
     
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    So wait... are you saying the Bible is wrong?
     
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    6000 years :facepalm:
     
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    Sometimes I have a hard time putting it into perspective. Sitting at the Grand Canyon almost made my head explode.
     
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    [video=youtube;cbaV4O98KfE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbaV4O98KfE[/video]
     
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    time is an illusion


    there is no today

    no tomorrow

    no yesterday
     
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  14. boxers

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    Every physical object is made of atoms. Atoms are literally so much empty space that the actual mass in them is equivalent to a grain of sand in the empire state building. If you removed the empty space of the atoms in the empire state building you would be left with the physical mass the size of a grain of rice yet weighing the same as the entire empire state building
     
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    Yes there is, fool, but its all happening at once and its only our minds that turn time into a sequence of events
     
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    [video=youtube;dO1rMeYnOmM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM[/video]
     
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    Try sitting there 5059 years ago with the cavemen and dinosaurs all fighting it out as the dinosaurs tails carved them canyons with their angry jesus fearing tails.....tales