East and West

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pro2A, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. pro2A

    pro2A Hell, It's about time!

    I saw this and it dawned on me... we have this backwards.



  2. PentaCube

    PentaCube Registered Member

    well you see, if you flip it...huh... maybe if you...no... damnit! We are living in a world of lies!
  3. Eilt_Druin

    Eilt_Druin Registered Member

    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
  4. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Everything is both the West and the East.

    Where is your God now?
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  5. padd

    padd Registered Member

    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.
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  6. PentaCube

    PentaCube Registered Member

    I knew i felt kinda tingly, now i know why. :sick:
  7. Kazmarov

    Kazmarov For a Free Scotland

    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.
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  8. padd

    padd Registered Member

    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?
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  9. Kazmarov

    Kazmarov For a Free Scotland

    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.
  10. PretzelCorps

    PretzelCorps Registered Member

    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.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008
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