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I don't necessarily endorse EVERYTHING I'm about to write here. Just some thoughts about the base-12 system in our history.
When I was tutoring someone in math a few years ago I tried to break them into the base-12 system. I'm really into C.G. Jung, so it's fascinated me for quite a while. I remember seeing a theory about the Pyramids of Egypt, and how they were actually transmitters that linked up with other pyramids the world over that were built similarly. I also heard about how when aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago we were actually smarter and more powerful, and that they'd cut us down to a more manageable size in a mission of subtle conquest. I know we used to be a lot taller, stronger, and maybe even much smarter than we are today in Europe. Cro-magnons look exactly like us, but HUGE. And with bigger brains.
(Which, BTW, completely blows vegetarian theology out the window. Cro-magnons ate massive amounts of meat.)
It wouldn't surprise me at all if during this time we used a base-12 counting system. Echoes of that number system, as you say, have carried through all the way to the modern age. In that case, far from being progress, the decimal system is actually an official embrace of the half-assed.
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>Edison was heavily influenced by Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. Edison defended Paine's "scientific deism", saying, "He has been called an atheist, but atheist he was not. Paine believed in a supreme intelligence, as representing the idea which other men often express by the name of deity." In an October 2, 1910, interview in the New York Times Magazine, Edison stated:
>"Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me — the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love — He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us — nature did it all — not the gods of the religions."
>Edison was called an atheist for those remarks, and although he did not allow himself to be drawn into the controversy publicly, he clarified himself in a private letter: "You have misunderstood the whole article, because you jumped to the conclusion that it denies the existence of God. There is no such denial, what you call God I call Nature, the Supreme intelligence that rules matter. ... "
What do you think, /sci/? Does calling nature god even make any sense? Wasn't he being a bit funny by bending the term "God"? Yes, nature is awesome and grand beyond what boggles our minds, but where does "supreme intelligence" come in?