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(Wikipedia)   Happy Birthday to Planet Earth, 4004 BC, you don't look a day over 6,000   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2021-10-23 5:37:12 PM  
3 votes:
"This proves two things:
Firstly, that God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players (i.e., everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
Secondly, the Earth's a Libra."
(Good Omens)
 
2021-10-23 9:09:10 PM  
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aerojockey: Interesting, if you look at the articler on Ussher's chronology, you'll see he's actually defended by Steven Jay Gould.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_chronology


Gould was known for giving people credit for trying their best with limited knowledge
 
2021-10-23 9:45:05 PM  
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The history of how scientists have understood the age of the Earth is quite interesting. Until nuclear reactions were understood many scientists presumed the sun was a "conventional" gas burning situation which had to burn out in a few hundred thousand years tops, which limited the age of the Earth accordingly. Then estimates based on the heat within the Earth pushed that number up but the age of the Earth at 4.5 billion years or so was only determined in 1956.
 
2021-10-23 11:02:27 PM  
3 votes:
That reminds me, I need to plant a few more fake dinosaur skeletons in the neighbor's lawn this weekend.
 
2021-10-24 8:08:50 AM  
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Baron Harkonnen: That's because Earth isn't 6000 years old, it's 5782 years old according to Orthodox Judaism, and the end of the world must come before year 2239.  One of the things I wish I could live long enough to see is what will happen to Judaism when the year 2240 rolls around and the Messiah hasn't come yet.

At least I'll (probably) be around in about ten years when the last person born before the end of World War One dies, completely invalidating  Jehovah's Witnesses prophecies.  It should be interesting to see them squirm when that happens.


They'll do what they all do, simply move up the date.
 
2021-10-23 8:38:58 PM  
2 votes:
Shouldn't this be in fandom?
 
2021-10-24 5:41:32 AM  
2 votes:
That's because Earth isn't 6000 years old, it's 5782 years old according to Orthodox Judaism, and the end of the world must come before year 2239.  One of the things I wish I could live long enough to see is what will happen to Judaism when the year 2240 rolls around and the Messiah hasn't come yet.

At least I'll (probably) be around in about ten years when the last person born before the end of World War One dies, completely invalidating  Jehovah's Witnesses prophecies.  It should be interesting to see them squirm when that happens.
 
2021-10-23 9:09:15 PM  
1 vote:
Whoa, WHOA!

This is the *real* news:

"Ussher's younger and only surviving brother, Ambrose..."

Just how old *is* that SOB by now?
 
2021-10-23 9:53:01 PM  
1 vote:

SMB2811: Shouldn't this be in fandom?


Yeah, keep this shiatsu out of scientific discussions.
 
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