Unravelling the Weave of Time, Part the 4th

Assumptions and bias where you might not expect.

with the discovery of the patterns in daylight, I played around a lot with the images. It illustrated how heavily our cultural bias is weighed by the perspective of the northern hemisphere – not the southern, or even the tropics, or the high arctic. They all have very different experiences with the movement of the sun throughout the course of the year.

13-month-N-numbered The length of day remains relatively stable between the tropics. In the arctic, the sun stays overhead at high summer, and is never seen in the depths of winter. The idea of the sun rising in the east is an alien concept in the arctic. As is the notion of a “day” the way we’ve come to accept it as day and night.

So I endeavoured to make southern hemisphere equivalents for the images I’d come up with.
13-month-S-numberedThis lead me to question a number of our labels for standardized international points of reference.

Months of the Gregorian Calendar – replaced with numbers
Days of the Week – not explicit part of theAbysmal
Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn – ?
Equinoxes – ?

Why are the tropics named after western constellations? Equator seems a fair name for everyone, but there are different traditions to naming constellations. Ask the Chinese. I’ve taken to calling the tropics the Northern and Southern Tropics, so we have the northern and southern solstice, depending on which hemisphere the sun happens to be in (so, Southern Solstice falls on or about december 21)

Equinox ≠ Day = Night

It turns our that the Equinox, although it means “equal night” isn’t the day that the day and night are equal. It is the day that the sun’s apparent path is directly over the equator. The time when the day and night are of equal length depends on the line of latitude where you find yourself.

Biggest Mythbuster Moment of the whole exercise right there. Not so much a busting of myths as holding up ancient facts to old beliefs.

So here we consider the variety of human experience, culture, and realize that although theAbysmal calendar is designed for everyone’s use, it may exclude some. When this turns out to be the case, finding a way to include those some would be important.


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