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Justin
PostPosted: 13-04-2004 05:44 PM  Reply with quote
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so I am confused...

a year as we know it = the earth going around the sun once. how did we find that out? through space exploration and all that? that has only been fairly recent? we thought the world was flat until columbus sailed around it.. or something.

so anyways.. how did we ever know how long a year went for.. or a week.. or a month.. etc. did they have a different calendar system until they discovered the earth circled the sun? or is there another way to accurately define how long a year goes for? there are the seasons.. but they don't exactly stick to specific dates..


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PostPosted: 13-04-2004 07:35 PM  Reply with quote
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Kyth is correct.

Galileo discovered the Earth was round and he was imprisoned for saying it.

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Justin
PostPosted: 13-04-2004 08:03 PM  Reply with quote
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but I wanna know when they figured it all out.

did they just do a 'count back' to figure out how long it had been since jesus bla bla bla.
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Jamie
PostPosted: 13-04-2004 08:49 PM  Reply with quote
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Man, that's a huge question.
There's been so many different calendars over thousands of years. Egyptians probably had the first ones, as they were the probably the first civilization to study the movement of the stars and shit.

Roman's started the first modern calendars with help from their astronomers, and it was all fucked up eventually due to the extra hours and days not fitting in with the motion around the sun and the turning of the Earth and the orbit of the moon and all that bollocks. Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar.

The UK (and thus all of it's colonies) adopted our calendar (the Gregorian calendar) in the 18th century, it replaced the Julian calendar. But the Gregorian had been being used in other countries for centuries before that. It's just a little bit different to the Julian, fixed a few of those equinox problems and shit.

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PostPosted: 14-04-2004 07:48 AM  Reply with quote
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PostPosted: 14-04-2004 09:08 PM  Reply with quote
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As far as I can tell, the 7 days in a week doesn't have anything to do with any sort of cycle. The people who designed calandars just made it up.

A more perfect calandar than our current one (with random numbers of days in each month), is the Mayan calandar, which has 13 months of 28 days each (and possibly more days in each week, I forget.) A dude was talking about it on JJJ yesterday arvo.
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PostPosted: 15-04-2004 10:50 AM  Reply with quote
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well then why dont you marry jjj
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PostPosted: 18-04-2004 04:31 PM  Reply with quote
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They worked out years by watching how the seasons pass.

Summer Autumn Winter Spring.

Granted in the Northern Hemisphere the seasons actually mean something.

Either that or it was leftover knowledge from the civilisations the pre-existed recorded history. Confused

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well then why dont you marry jjj


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PostPosted: 25-04-2004 06:44 AM  Reply with quote
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aneurysm wrote:
As far as I can tell, the 7 days in a week doesn't have anything to do with any sort of cycle. The people who designed calandars just made it up.

A more perfect calandar than our current one (with random numbers of days in each month), is the Mayan calandar, which has 13 months of 28 days each (and possibly more days in each week, I forget.) A dude was talking about it on JJJ yesterday arvo.


I think this basically came from the bible:
" and on the seventh day, He rested", sybolising the completion of some sort of cycle.
Which (as usual with religion-based ideas) Fucked up things for the rest of us with the evil number seven and its infinitely irritating non-divisional qualities. damn you jebus!

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PostPosted: 25-04-2004 10:22 AM  Reply with quote
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kreigen wrote:
aneurysm wrote:
As far as I can tell, the 7 days in a week doesn't have anything to do with any sort of cycle. The people who designed calandars just made it up.

A more perfect calandar than our current one (with random numbers of days in each month), is the Mayan calandar, which has 13 months of 28 days each (and possibly more days in each week, I forget.) A dude was talking about it on JJJ yesterday arvo.


I think this basically came from the bible:
" and on the seventh day, He rested", sybolising the completion of some sort of cycle.
Which (as usual with religion-based ideas) Fucked up things for the rest of us with the evil number seven and its infinitely irritating non-divisional qualities. damn you jebus!


..'and on the 8th day, god gave the world an enema, and tasmania is where he stuck the pipe.'
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PostPosted: 29-04-2004 12:17 PM  Reply with quote
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