Excruciatingly Large Things

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Exponentially Self-Realising Reflexive-Consciousness Machine

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Current estimated human population on Earth: 6.52 billion people

Taking a rough guess that around 50% of the world's population is asleep or unconscious at any one moment this means that:
  • Since you started reading this post roughly 2067 human years have been consciously perceived on Earth (half the world perceiving 20 seconds of time each).
  • In the last decade of your life 32 billion human years have been consciously perceived on Earth (10 years perceived constantly by at least half the world's population at a time).

Current estimated age of the Universe: 13.7 billion years

  • This means that in about 4.2 revolutions of the Earth around the Sun the ENTIRE age of the Universe has been consciously lived out by the humans on its surface.
The Universe as an exponentially self-realising reflexive-consciousness machine? Could be. And let's not begin to ponder about the other forms of consciousness on Earth or elsewhere. Dreamers, animals, Artificial Intelligence systems, memory, flash-back, deja-vu, aliens......

For more mind-blowing scales on reality check out the Interactive Secret-Worlds animation here.... and for more statistics of statistics of numbers of things and events check out the World o' Meters page here....

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That leading, burning, edge of the collective conciousness cannot be preserved (what if it could?); the only geologic record of sorts is the echos of the ages, distant memories. Still, that leading edge of collective awareness alone, is enough to drive home the scope of human endevours, and the scale of life's activities.

November 04, 2005 5:23 AM    

Blogger Jennyology said...

since when do you have time to sleep for 12 hours a night? I envy you if you do!

November 04, 2005 11:54 AM    

Blogger Danieru said...

true, true. 12 hours is a luxury, but a man can dream can't he! ethusiastic over estimation of approximate sleep period for the entire world

November 04, 2005 2:26 PM    

Blogger Danieru said...

my leading, burning edge of consciousness is off to bed... an infinite dreamscape of time awaits me. night all

November 11, 2005 4:17 PM    

Anonymous Moon said...

You are BLOWING my MinD. :+)

December 07, 2005 6:01 PM    

Blogger williamcotton said...

how many people are asleep at any given moment?

people generally go to sleep when it is dark and wake up when it is light.
at any given moment the sun is setting on the surface of the earth.
now, you could actually set up a large differential equation, using population densities at various points on the globe if you wanted to get really accurate...
...but assume that the population of the earth is spread out evenly over the surface.
also assume that it is the spring or fall equinox, so that the light from the sun is equally distributed between the northern and souther hemisphere. that would mean that the days are 12 hours long planet wide. let's say everyone generally goes to sleep a few hours after sunset, say at around 10pm, and wake up at 6am. at any given moment, it is "10pm" at some place on the planet and "6am" at some other place, so an equal amount of people are falling asleep and waking up at the same time. it is only between the hours of 10pm and 6am over 1/3rd of the surface of the earth at any given moment. so, the average number of people asleep at any given moment is the population of the planet multiplied by the ratio of the average of number of hours people get to the number of hours in a day. you could get a much better idea of how many people were asleep on Jan. 26th at 0700GMT by taking into consideration such things as population densities and sunset times on the globe, however this simple algebraic calculation would give you a yearly average, as the densities and changes in season are smoothed out and rendered irrelevant as the earth spun and traveled in orbit over the course of a year.


April 12, 2010 8:51 AM    

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