We are going to need a more universal clock than I have before suspected. My previous blog-post, I have realized, did not go far enough in reconstructing time, as it did, by eliminating all the “temporal epicycles” that I could. What we will need amounts to something like a way of averaging events that occur at the quantum (or at least atomic) level, that is, averaging them out over a specific period of time to create a basic unit like “one second.” From this basic unit, we can reconstruct all of time in a progressive-linear (non-cyclical or epicyclical) fashion, one that has no need of days (Sunday, Monday, Tues, etc — which are “Christian time-units”), or weeks or months, or years (which are also the stuff of “Christian Civilization.”
The one I propose would run much, much simpler, consisting of only one unit of time, moving forward from a point of origin (say, the first writing system?), with the expected (and plotted out across history) development of human progress. The principle of progress forms a legitimate principle of the LON (light of nature), and follows from the fact that the LON consists of the ideal = wisdom. The closer we move toward the ideal, the more progress we display. This is in fact what we have been doing all throughout history — progressing.
Example of legal codes and material — law code of Hammurabi, then of Draco and Solon, the Roman legal codes, the Salic Law, that of Theodoric, the Magna Carta (1215), modern Constitutions, the Geneva Convention Protocols, legal innovations in civil rights and in animal rights, etc
The Christian conceptions of time are tribal (Old Testament), primitive, superstitious (named after “gods,” like “Saturn day” — more obviously in Latin languages that from Anglo-saxon), tangled, and completely unnecessary. Mine is neither Julian nor Gregorian. It is scientific and universal. Consider that one day, we will move away from our little revolving hut (planet Earth) to other planets to begin living there. Technology and time favor this view, just as does “Moore’s Law.”
When we move even beyond our own “Milky Way” galaxy, one day, we are going to have a good laugh at the primitive thinking that suggested what my previous blogpost did — assumed that all solar systems would use the Earth’s concept of a day, season or year. These same concepts would amount to something quite different in a different solar system, and then commerce between them would require more “time zone” changes than the one’s we already have. Eventually this would become unmanageable and convoluted as the number of solar systems involved multiplies. What to do? Defeat the problem in advance with a universal time-keeping system — one that employs events commonplace in all galaxies — perhaps subatomic ones, averaged out, to create a universal calendar.
This is what we should start using when convenience allows, since our sciences are easily advanced enough to manage the project, AND it is counterproductive to continue favoring a time-system developed in the Middle Ages (Julian and Gregorian) that has nothing to commend it, and much to rebuff it (Ockham’s Razor, etc). You will recall that this was the same “authorizing bunch” who came up with this time scheme who also argued about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, and burned witches at the stake — in under 10 minutes.
My suggestion? Never ask THESE people what time it is (It could be five minutes til the next stoning). Ask Stephen Hawking instead.
During the first Copernican revolution, we were increasing our knowledge at both the level of the large scale (the telescope) and the lesser (the microscope). We having been moving by way of improvements in both directions ever since, PROGRESS-ively. Strangely, the one that I believe will rule the day among the stars is NOT the large-scale, but the small-scale (quantum), by providing the best basis for a unit of time as foundational as the atom was thought to be by the Greeks, or as in our day, the Higgs-Boson.
What is the optimal time-unit? It may well need construction from an averaging process (stochastic time). It should be managed, if I am correct, in units of ten, and as the simplest among apparently “optimal” choices. These principles of the LON will lead the way. I believe that it may be the result of several inferences using such principles, but there is an optimal, most basic time unit (temporal Higgs-Boson). This will replace the entire Christian system, centered on crucifixion, or “crucified time.” Crucifixion? Nah, he said I could have freedom. (Monty Python knows).
The stochastic-temporal model instead would be based on the “freedom,” or rather, the contingency of quantum events. The Wikipedia entry for “quantum clocks” indicates that we already have progress in this direction:
“In March 2008, physicists at NIST described a quantum logic clock based on individual ions of beryllium and aluminium. This clock was compared to NIST’s mercury ion clock. These were the most accurate clocks that had been constructed, with neither clock gaining nor losing time at a rate that would exceed a second in over a billion years. In February 2010, NIST physicists described a second, enhanced version of the quantum logic clock based on individual ions of magnesium and aluminium. Considered the world’s most precise clock in 2010 with a fractional frequency inaccuracy of 8.6 × 10−18, it offers more than twice the precision of the original.  The accuracy of experimental quantum clocks has since been superseded by experimental optical lattice clocks based on strontium-87 and ytterbium-171.”
Although this kind of accuracy transcends the needs we have in regard to establishing a universal timekeeping unit, it remains quite impressive. And the most accurate might form the basis for the time unit we are looking for. Quantum clock technology will certainly aid in the quest. I have no doubt. What would Lucretius do? Good science versus bad religion. The choice is clear enough. Universal time needs good science. Perhaps light itself (the photon) might provide the answer, since it seems basic to all life. Since our beloved Creator placed us here on Earth, we might consider it an objective point of reference that the Sun is about 93 million miles from Earth (the Anthropic Principle, as they call it, does something quite humanitarian — it places life at a premium: plant life, animal life and human life). This kind of point of reference for constructing time goes precisely in the opposite direction of “Crucified time” of the Christian system.
The speed of light across this distance could form the basic unit of time (as “the speed of life”). This (93 million miles divided by 186, 000 miles per second) would yield a basic unit of time that compares to the one we now use as something like 7.5 minutes (roughly) as a basic unit — the basic unit of life, as the basic unit of time. Then we could impale and replace the Christian system (Vlad time no more).
Once we decide on the basic unit of universal time, we could easily create wrist-watches that keep time “as universal time,” and that could display it translated into the time-frame anyone else might be using — all on the same digital face, and at a glance.