Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- As if you didn’t already have enough
to be nervous about, here’s something creepy to ponder as the
new year opens.
This what-if isn’t technological, social, political or even
science-fictional. Rather, it’s a bit of wholly unscientific,
superstitious pattern-recognition. The last two centuries (and
possibly more) didn’t “start” at their official point, the
turning of a calendar from 00 to 01. That wasn’t when they began
in essence, nor when they first bent the arc of history.