East and West

pro2A

Hell, It's about time!
#1
I saw this and it dawned on me... we have this backwards.



Discuss...
 

Eilt_Druin

Registered Member
#3
No, you're just starting from the wrong point of reference. The center of the world is clearly somewhere around Russia or Egypt. That makes Europe the west, Asia the east, and the Americas non-existent. :p
 

padd

Registered Member
#5
According to the degrees of longtitude, the Americas are part of the Western hemisphere.. add in britain and the tip of spain. The rest of the world falls in the Eastern hemisphere. Sure, from different points of views different places will be west or east. But it's easier for the sailors and plane pilots to set their prime meridian 0, at Greenwich.. and declare one half east.. the other half west.
 

Kazmarov

For a Free Scotland
#7
Direction is dependent on the movement of the sun- ie the day begins at the International Date Line and travels west until it reaches the IDL 24 hours later.

Using the point of reference as the IDL and the fact that the sun moves westward, it makes perfect sense.
 

padd

Registered Member
#8
Direction is dependent on the movement of the sun- ie the day begins at the International Date Line and travels west until it reaches the IDL 24 hours later.

Using the point of reference as the IDL and the fact that the sun moves westward, it makes perfect sense.
That is interesting to know; It's probably somwhere in the middle of the vast pacific ocean, although is there a time zone that is basicly neighbouring another timezone, with a 24 hour difference?
 

Kazmarov

For a Free Scotland
#9
That is interesting to know; It's probably somwhere in the middle of the vast pacific ocean, although is there a time zone that is basicly neighbouring another timezone, with a 24 hour difference?
Yep, there's a day change, but that's the only way you can make sure that time across the globe generally resembles where the sun is. Because we use a timezone system, think of the earth not as a globe but as an unrolled roll of paper.
 

PretzelCorps

Registered Member
#10
Since initially civilization as we know it existed only in Europe and Asia, it would make sense that the people of those times would refer to Europe as west and China as east.




For the sake of convenience, everybody just continues to call it that way.





America is not the geographical center of the universe

EDIT - By 'convenience', I mean so as to not screw with everyone else's minds. To say "The West" refers to a region, rather than a direction.
 
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