Devel Digest, Vol 21, Issue 38
edm at rocketmail.com
Fri Nov 16 00:55:22 EST 2007
Ah, forgive me for butting in once again...;-)
I just gotta say I love these discussions you're
Apparently the wikipedia clock/stopwatch articles
weren't enough...ok, try this for "today's date and
You both have valid points, there is no right or
Write your clock as you wish, and others will write
other kinds of clocks...i.e. you are both right.
By the way, I'm in Japan at the moment, and I had to
fill out an application for a fellowship. Apparently,
the correct answer here to "Year" when filling in the
date of application is 19, as in Heisei 19, NOT
> Bert Freudenberg writes:
> > I question the very assumption that continuously
> > the time is even remotely important on a learning
> > for kids in elementary school age.
> Dealing with time is a critical life skill that must
> Having a clock is thus very important.
Whose time? Hours minutes seconds? Days since a
recent feast? When
the sun is at a certain position in the sky? Since I
last saw you on
the road? How much do I quantize? Is quantization of
time even a
concept I am familiar with?
The notion of time is _highly_ contingent on situated
factors. Just because in the West we measure things
minutes, and seconds, does not mean that the entire
world does so.
In fact, our conception of time is directly related to
clock towers in the middle ages (see Lewis Mumford on
first, and then assembly lines and
institutions (see Foucault) . The rest of the world
necessarily adopted our way of dividing days into ever
chunks---perhaps there is no quantization at all!
A clock application, especially given the areas of
_not_ something you rush into with the assumption that
you can merely
write a graphic display of 00:00:00. One must
understand the local
conditions to know how time is told _on the ground_
and be careful to
not impose a Western notion of quantization and
that might be entirely foreign.
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