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#121
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Call me if you need other people to write articles, you can even do an outline of what you want in a particular article. I am heavily interested in history as well.


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Call me if you need other people to write articles, you can even do an outline of what you want in a particular article. I am heavily interested in history as well.

Ditto.  I'd love to help.


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Me three! I may be young, but I am still able to help! And besides, with more people on board, the quicker everything would be done.
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Yep, count me in on that as well. I'd be happy to do some research in particular, gathering sources and whatnot. :)
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I have an idea, why don't you lay out every topic you want to put in the timeline and we can all write them.  You could choose the best ones, or we could all just volunteer to write some. 

You'd be free to make any changes to them or omit any submissions, but that would cut the work load quite a bit for you.


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I feel trying to write a comprehensive history timeline alone will be an exercise in futility. 


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I have an idea, why don't you lay out every topic you want to put in the timeline and we can all write them.  You could choose the best ones, or we could all just volunteer to write some.  You'd be free to make any changes to them or omit any submissions, but that would cut the work load quite a bit for you.

That seems like it'd be the best way to go about things. Although, I don't think we should have someone from a country wrote their country's history, as it could end up being biased. For example, I think that if were to write about my country's history, it would end up being biased, unfortunately.
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A native would have the most knowledge.  I know that I don't have much understanding of other countries.  I couldn't write any Irish history, but I know a lot of American History. 


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The hardest part of using multiple writers wouldn't be to avoid national bias, it would be reconciling all the different voices.  One cool thing about Future Timeline is its scientific/historical tone, appreciative and honest regarding cultural implications, remaining consistent regardless of subject matter.  It will be difficult to achieve the same kind of unified perspective with many different writers of varying nationalities.  Each writer would have to consciously make an effort to mirror the tone of FT.


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The hardest part of using multiple writers wouldn't be to avoid national bias, it would be reconciling all the different voices.  One cool thing about Future Timeline is its scientific/historical tone, appreciative and honest regarding cultural implications, remaining consistent regardless of subject matter.  It will be difficult to achieve the same kind of unified perspective with many different writers of varying nationalities.  Each writer would have to consciously make an effort to mirror the tone of FT.

 

Or articles could simply be peer reviewed by someone in another country before it is published.


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The hardest part of using multiple writers wouldn't be to avoid national bias, it would be reconciling all the different voices.  One cool thing about Future Timeline is its scientific/historical tone, appreciative and honest regarding cultural implications, remaining consistent regardless of subject matter.  It will be difficult to achieve the same kind of unified perspective with many different writers of varying nationalities.  Each writer would have to consciously make an effort to mirror the tone of FT.

 

Or articles could simply be peer reviewed by someone in another country before it is published.

 

Peer review by someone in a different country would solve some problems but would not be well suited to the task of making the whole Past Timeline read as a continuous, consistent piece.  Each editor has a voice and perspective, just as each writer does.

 

I like SG1's idea, where Will can act as editor and design a skeleton of events he wants the timeline to focus on, delegate them to whoever's willing to help, and provide direction for the writers to emulate the voice he uses in writing predictions for FT.


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A native would have the most knowledge.  I know that I don't have much understanding of other countries.  I couldn't write any Irish history, but I know a lot of American History.

I suppose more knowledge on the topic is the yin to bias's yang. And if I do end up helping, just for the record, I'll be as unbiased as can be.
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Reminds me of the stone ages for some reason.  Nice!


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Looks great! Very consistent with the FT logo as well, which is good. Excellent job! :D
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AWESOME.  Can't wait!


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Surely it would make more sense if the arrows pointed left instead of right. Because the logo for here has the arrows pointing right, and if you assume that means they're pointing forwards, as in going forwards into the future, then the arrows on the Past Timeline logo should point left as in backwards, as in going backwards into the past. Makes sense in my mind at least.
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ARADIA: i think i mostly want to see what happens when this whole place breaks apart


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I disagree. I'd read the timeline starting at the beginning, i.e. the big bang, forwards up until present day.
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Surely it would make more sense if the arrows pointed left instead of right. 

Hmm... I could go either way on this one (pun not intended).  Initially I had the same reaction as FOT, but the more I reflect on it (pun intended), the more I think it's a good idea.

 

Almost all physical laws have the property of "time-reversal symmetry" (a notable exception being the 2nd law of thermodynamics).  This means that most processes are physically viable in either time direction, and it implies that the flow of time from the past to the future is an illusion, or at least not as fundamental as experience would lead us to believe.  That being the case, I'd say that in both logos the arrow represents our perception of time, as viewed from the present.  It's a symbol of where we stand and where we're looking in our attempt to understand the future, and the past, using our predictions and records.  From this perspective, I'd agree with an arrow reversal.


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Hopefully, it's a timeline of technical advances. ;)


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To follow my work on tropical cyclones





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