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    I put this in this thread because this is where it belongs. For pretty much ever, BC(before Christ) has been used to denote "ancient history". I was reading up on some Roman History and they kept on referring to dates as "BCE" as in "Before Current Events". What makes this mindless moonbat gibberish is that something that happened in 1950 could hardly be considered "current events" let alone something that happened a millennia or 2 ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    I put this in this thread because this is where it belongs. For pretty much ever, BC(before Christ) has been used to denote "ancient history". I was reading up on some Roman History and they kept on referring to dates as "BCE" as in "Before Current Events". What makes this mindless moonbat gibberish is that something that happened in 1950 could hardly be considered "current events" let alone something that happened a millennia or 2 ago.
    BCE stands for Before the Common Era I believe, NJ. I think from a scientific/historical perspective the designation makes sense since there are numerous calendars in use (i.e. the Hebrew Calendar, Gregorian, etc.). In a more integrated world there needs to be a common dating system to avoid confusion.

    I don't consider this moonbattery, and it's certainly less absurd than our failure to adopt the metric system here in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    BCE stands for Before the Common Era I believe, NJ. I think from a scientific/historical perspective the designation makes sense since there are numerous calendars in use (i.e. the Hebrew Calendar, Gregorian, etc.). In a more integrated world there needs to be a common dating system to avoid confusion.

    I don't consider this moonbattery, and it's certainly less absurd than our failure to adopt the metric system here in the US.
    It could be moonbattery if it's used by some (and I bet it is) to diss Christ. Then it would be kooky talk. The metric system always scared me, I was relieved in school when I found out we didn't need to know much about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    It could be moonbattery if it's used by some (and I bet it is) to diss Christ. Then it would be kooky talk.
    That might be so, but it would indeed be kooky talk since it has nothing to do with that and, in fact, has its basis in the Christian calendar. The designation was first developed and frequently used by Christian monks.


    The metric system always scared me, I was relieved in school when I found out we didn't need to know much about it.
    Don't let it scare you. It's infinitely less complicated than the imperial system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
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    Don't let it scare you. It's infinitely less complicated than the imperial system.
    And makes a lot more sense. Kids would get arithmetic faster and easier if the US were metric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    And makes a lot more sense. Kids would get arithmetic faster and easier if the US were metric.
    Very true. I have often wondered if it is not this very fact that has contributed to our kids' math scores lagging behind much of the world which uses the metric system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    I put this in this thread because this is where it belongs. For pretty much ever, BC(before Christ) has been used to denote "ancient history". I was reading up on some Roman History and they kept on referring to dates as "BCE" as in "Before Current Events". What makes this mindless moonbat gibberish is that something that happened in 1950 could hardly be considered "current events" let alone something that happened a millennia or 2 ago.
    a) BCE = Before Christian Era (also Common Era, Calendar Era)

    b) the notion of a Calendar era and Before Calendar era was introduced by a 6th Century Christian Monk

    c) would you prefer the latin vulgaris aerae?
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    The BCE/CE designation for years is funny to me because it doesn't use any other demarcation than the birth of Christ, just like BC/AD. Thus, 2012 AD is the same as 2012 CE. So exactly what was the point of inventing it? It's like inventing a new name for feet or meters. "Well, we used to say 'one meter,' but now we say 'one flarnbat.' They are exactly the same, but we just prefer the new designation."
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    I remember seeing some moonbat story that referred to BCE as before current events. Even before Christian era is silly at it's core.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    I remember seeing some moonbat story that referred to BCE as before current events. Even before Christian era is silly at it's core.
    The clever thing to do for a culturally neutral designation would be to tie the calendar to a known celestial event about 6,000 years ago since regardless of which culture you are talking about, our "best" knowledge seems to run out of gas about 6,000 years ago and we then switch to ranges of estimated times for events.
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