First proposal: Anno Homini!

Scale this of inspiration: 


Wouldn't it be time to consider adapting the way we count our years more accordingly to the current state of knowledge and development of global society? Within this scope, why not use something common for all mankind, like our own evolutionairy age?


While making this website's timeline and wanting to add Ancient Civilizations, I bumped into the problem of not being able to introduce dates before the zero-year of what is now known as the Common Era, Current Era or Cristian Era, in other words "Before Christ". Looking at it objectively, this zero-year was actually a quite random choice, following the prevelent world view of a reduced group within just a section of world population, at the time of deciding, which obviously was Medieval Europe.

A different way of counting the years would not only make the above example-"problem" easier to handle with, it would also give us a much better perspective of our place in time. In fact, it would even be better to start the time/year counting from the estimated beginning of the universe, or at least of our home-planet, but that would involve so many numbers. Of course the proposal would not have a real specified pin-point beginning, but, as said, since the current way of counting the years was also a quite random choice, we may just as well just round it off, to make it a bit easier to handle.


According to certain statements, the beginning of Homo Sapiens is estimated to be about 200.000 years ago "Anatomically modern humans evolved from archaic Homo sapiens in the Middle Paleolithic, about 200.000 years ago." (wikipedia). Debate exists over this, but the issue is not to have this exact or sure. An acceptable estimation is enough, because it essentially has to serve to liberate us from the need to indicate some after or before and the annoying format problem when dealing with computer programming.

So... why not settle for the current year to be: 202.014?
In other words, maintaining that most used way of counting the years and simply adding our common evolutionairy element (estimated and rounded off).

By doing so, anything before the times of Julius Ceasar, would be expressed the exact same way as anything after his times, wouldn't that be handy and comfortable?
This would make, for example: 

  • Tesla's lifetime:.....  201.856 - 201.943
  • Pythagoras lifetime199.430 - 199.505
    this is according to english Wikipedia 570 "BC" - 495 "BC", which, curiously, is slightly different from dutch Wikipedia dates... 
  • Göbekli Tepe:......... 190.000

There! Isn't that a lot more logical?

Alternatively we could also consider:

  • Anno Terrae:            4.540.002.014
  • Anno Universalis:  13.798.002.014