Hippocratic humours

From: Steve Allen <sla_at_UCOLICK.ORG>
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 09:32:45 -0800

What time is it?

Given that there are basically two substantive answers to the question
and the current scheme is a compromise I'm afraid that the answers are
always going to split along lines of temperament.
I'll offer a crude paraphrase of the viewpoints on the issue of
knowing the interval to a date a year in the future:

It's not practically useful to predict the future to one part in 1e7.
I absolutely must know exactly how many seconds there will be until then.
I would like to be sure we have a method of agreeing when we get there.
Who cares how long it takes, the point is to enjoy the journey.

In this discussion list we never hear from the last group.

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