Posts Tagged ‘time’

Phantom Time Hypothesis

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Did the early Middle Ages really exist? According to the Phantom Time Hypotheses – it did not.

The theory proposes that when the Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582 to supplant the Julian calendar 297 years were added.

The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the early Middle Ages (614-911 A.D.) never happened, but were added to the calendar long ago either by accident, by misinterpretation of documents, or by deliberate falsification by calendar conspirators. This would mean that all artifacts ascribed to those three centuries belong to other periods, and that all events thought to have occurred during that same period occurred at other times, or are outright fabrications.

The theory stems from a claim regarding the relation between the Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar and the underlying astronomical solar or tropical year. The Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar, was long known to introduce a discrepancy from the tropical year of around one day, for each century that the calendar was in use. By the time the Gregorian calendar was introduced in AD 1582, Illig alleges that the old Julian calendar “should” have produced a discrepancy of thirteen days between it and the real (or tropical) calendar. Instead, the astronomers and mathematicians working for Pope Gregory had found that the civil calendar needed to be adjusted by only ten days. From this, Illig concludes that the AD era had counted roughly three centuries which never existed.

In fact, the Gregorian reform was never intended to bring the calendar in line with the Julian calendar as it had existed in AD 1, but as it had existed in 325, the time of the Council of Nicaea, which had established a method for determining the date of Easter Sunday by fixing the Vernal Equinox on March 20 in the Julian calendar, and not with the Julian calendar at the time of its introduction by Caesar. By 1582, the astronomical equinox was occurring on March 10 in the Julian calendar, but Easter was still being calculated from a nominal equinox on March 20. The Gregorian reform was never intended or purported to restore the relationship between calendar date and astronomical equinox to what it had been at the time of the institution of the Julian calendar in 45 BC, 369 years before the council of Nicaea, when the astronomical vernal equinox took place around March 23. Illig’s “three missing centuries” thus correspond to the period between the fixing of Anno Domini reckoning to begin at AD 1 and the fixing of the Easter Date at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.

Vox – Phantom Time Hypothesis – State University of New York from Vox Photon on Vimeo.

For more strange collations of history check out New Chronology.

Taking this into account…

Happy 1714 Everyone!

(By the way of astronomical calculations, the year is what we believe it to be – the Year of Transparency.)

Illustration and idea revelation by Michael Paukner.

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Time Lords

Friday, August 13th, 2010

A massive, 2000 foot tall clock tower in Mecca is attempting to supersede Greenwich, England to become the global zero-point of time measurement.

According to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric, Mecca has a greater claim to being the prime meridian because it is “in perfect alignment with the magnetic north.”

This claim that the holy city is a “zero magnetism zone” has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.

“That’s why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth’s gravity,” he said. “You get charged with energy.”
Western scientists have challenged such assertions, noting that the Magnetic North Pole is in actual fact on a line of longitude that passes through Canada, the United States, Mexico and Antarctica.

This will be the largest clock in the world seated atop the second tallest building in the world.

Residents of Mecca will also be reminded that it is time to pray when 21,000 green and white LED lights, visible at a distance of 18 miles, flash five times a day.

The clock was designed and engineered by the Swiss – strange because the Swiss also outlawed all minarets a few months back.

Find out more about the worldwide synchronization of time and the potential to displace the prime meridian to start the day at a different hour.

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The Secret Powers of Time

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

An awesome animated video of a speech by Philip Zimbardo that outlines current and past states of human relations to time perception.

For more animated talks check out RSA Animate.

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Atemporality for the Creative Artist

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Atemporal: (adj) Independent of time; timeless.

An excellent article by science fiction author Bruce Sterling on Atemporality for the Creative Artist.

If you have a genuinely avant garde idea, something that’s really new, you should write about it or create about it as if it were being seen twenty years from now. If you want to strip away the sci-fi chrome, the sense of wonder. You want it to be antique before it hits the page or the screen. Imagine that it was twenty years gone into the future. Just approach it from that perspective.

No longer allow yourself to be hypnotized by the sense of technical novelty. Just refuse to go there. Accept that it is already passe’, and create it from that point of view. Try to make it news that stays news.

Futurity was expected, futurity is here now, there goes futurity into the past, so long futurity, thank you for an exciting, fulfilling and worthwhile time.

How can we crack atemporality with video frame-rates?

Here is a video series of Bruce Sterling dicussing atemporality and the passage of time.

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The Science of Time Keeping

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

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LHC May Be Trying to Destroy Itself from the Future

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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An article from the New York Times investigates the posibility that when the Large Hadron Collider is restarted in December it may try to suicide from the future.

More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang.

Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter or even black holes that eat the Earth. No, I’m talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs Boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Are humans are so intent on smashing tiny things that we may destroy the present by way of the future? On the upside it may very well re-orient our perpspective of time-space and pop us right out of Flatland.

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Epic Calendar

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

On July 22nd 2009, a black hole sun will span the length of Asia – signalling the longest eclipse of the next 100 years.

Because the eclipse will travel over the most populated regions of the Earth during a time when more people live on Earth than ever before, this will be the most viewed solar eclipse…..ever.

Watch the eclipse live here.

Saturday, July 25 2009, we recognize the Day Out Of Time – an additional day that exists in the year outside the reckoning of a 52 week calendar based on 13 moon cycles.

Keep your eyes on the Ionosphere Spectrometer for massive fluctuations in consciousness.

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