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Our notion of Time

Last Monday night, two peculiar thoughts entered my mind just before I dozed off:
(i) how can the human notion of Time be relevant in the rest of the Universe?
(ii) if our notion of Time is unequivocal then why have many calendars a different starting date?

More and more, I’m wondering if Time is a separate dimension. Time is only relevant at a certain location, ie, a (geographical) space. Hence, the spacetime dimension. Moreover, Time is a concept invented by humans and attributed to the Sumerian civilization of about 3,000 BC, like many other inventions.

The superb 2014 movie Interstellar shows a father who finally meets his daughter again. She is now much older than him as Time works different while travelling in Space (eg, wormholes). For both of them, the arrow of time was in the same direction but both “travelled” at a different speed.

The current dimensions of the Universe suggest that the age of the Universe should be 40+ billion years rather than 13.8 billion years “as interpreted with the Lambda-CDM concordance model as of 2018″. Note: emphasis in quote by LO. The (accelerating) expansion of the Universe causes this dilemma (eg, Big Think-2021).

Even on our planet the various calendars display a range of starting dates:
Chinese calendar: “the Chinese traditional calendar is 2697 years earlier than the Western calendar, and the year +2697 is the year of the Chinese traditional calendar” (source).
Gregorian calendar: our current calendar as introduced in 1582 and based on the Julian calendar.
Hebrew calendar: the current Hebrew year is 5782. Haaretz: “3761 BCE: The World Is Created, According to the Hebrew Calendar and an Obscure Sage” Hence, Jesus was born 3,760 years after that date.
Mayan calendar: “this starting-point is equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC “.
Julian calendar: “proposed by Julius Caesar in AUC 708 (46 BC), was a reform of the Roman calendar“.
Roman calendar: “The original calendar consisted of ten months beginning in spring with March; winter was left as an unassigned span of days”. The months January and February were added subsequently.
Sumerian calendar: eg, Sumerian King List dates back “241,200 years” before the Great Flood.

Hence, most calendars start after the Great Flood (c.18,000-4,000BC) following the Last Glacial Maximum. The anomaly is the Sumerian King List, which (i) mentions the Great Flood, and (ii) the very long reign of Sumerian Kings before that flood. It should be noted that key biblical people are Sumerian (eg, Abraham).

I think, feel and believe that we will never understand history, time and Time if we keep pretending that our world started after the Great Flood and that nothing of importance happened before the Great Flood. The scientific re-evaluation of the Neanderthal isn’t even a beginning of that (eg, El Pais-2021).

Time (Clock Of The Heart) – 1982 – by Culture Club
artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Note: all markings (bolditalic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.

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