Monday, August 28, 2006

Klepsydra:

The clock and electricity are two large factors in mankind's severing of Nature's umbilical cord.

The clock meant we no longer watched the sky to tell time, and electricity meant we no longer paid attention to whether it was light out or not.

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At 6:22 PM, Blogger Tag said...

just poking my head in here ~::

originally didn't clocks tell time by sounding off? The numerals and hand movements came later on.

c'ya peter

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Hi Peter - Thanks for the visit. Yes, early mechanical clocks often operated bells, but unfortunately none of the original mechanisms have survived. There are older clocks, like the klepsydra, that have survived, but they told time by the movement of a water level past inscribed marks. The oldest clock of all is of course simply a sundial, and presumably early clocks were invented to track time during the night, and to forecast astronomical events.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger ~nattie~ said...

if i am not aware of such severance is because i maintain a strong grip to the vine that tethers me to its very cause.
thanks for the thought today.
nattie.

 

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