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Posted by Harvey on April 3, 2002 02:18:24 UTC

Richard,

I was watching 'Iceman' on Discovery channel about the late Neolithic period in Europe (about 5500 years) ago. The frozen corpse of a Neolithic man was of course found and all the interesting facts of the analysis were provided. What amazed me is how long humanity has been as smart as we currently are, and how much unrecorded history has transpired. Of course, that is nothing compared to the evolutionary timeframe of our species, or the evolutionary timeframe of primates (or mammals), or evolutionary timeframe of life, or geological history of earth, or solar history since the birth of the solar system, or evolution of the Milky Way from a collection of gases, or the birth of the universe at the big bang.

End time? Very unlikely given the perspective of how much time has passed. A billion years passes in this universe like the moment of a sneeze. Of course, the 'end time' for humanity is a much more real threat. I think we all felt a little of that possibility on 9/11.

Warm regards, Harv

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