Timelines.

*did not happen*

When Adrian described the linear way in which we learn and understand history, I was reminded of a reddit post I read a few days before.

The way we remember history in separate causal linear progression is extremely evident is the surprising realisations;

When construction of the Great Pyramids started (4500 years ago) there were still wooly mammoths living on Wrangel Island off the coast of Siberia,

Mozart’s heyday was about the same time as the American Revolution,

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day,

The Guillotine stopped being the official method of execution in France the same year that MS-DOS premiered,

Prisoners began to arrive in Auschwitz a few days after McDonalds was founded,

The Pueblo Indians were building Mesa Verde during the heart of The Crusade

Slavery was made illegal in China the same year that the first commercial flight took place. 1910.

The lack of a network structure in our understanding of history means we do not get a complete relational perception of important events.

 

 

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