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What Age are we living in?

Asked by RareDenver (13143points) September 15th, 2010

We’ve had the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Where are we? Plastic Age or Silicon Age maybe?

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wundayatta's avatar

Connection Age

muppetish's avatar

I hear the phrases “Information Age” or “Age of Technology” thrown around.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Electron Age

Hawkeye's avatar

I though it was the Age of Aquarius. There is even a song about it.

ucme's avatar

Feel the pwn-age!

erichw1504's avatar

Fluther Age

picante's avatar

Misinformation Age

Austinlad's avatar

The Age of Incivility

Austinlad's avatar

The Age of Muslimited Understanding and Tolerance.

erichw1504's avatar

Idiocracy Age

DominicX's avatar

The Age of Cynicism

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Sick Age

erichw1504's avatar

Information Age

Cruiser's avatar

The Big Brother Age

Hawaii_Jake's avatar


The term Anthropocene is used by some scientists to describe the current period in the Earth’s history when human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. It has no precise start date, but may be considered to start with the Industrial Revolution (late 18th century).[1] Other commentators link it to earlier events, such as the rise of agriculture. The term was coined in 2000 by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological era. Use of this concept as an official geological concept gained support in early 2008, with publication of two new papers supporting this idea


Here’s an article about it.

Strauss's avatar

@hawaii_jake That’s really interesting. According to the Wikipedia article some would consider that it starts with the beginning of agriculture and aanimal husbandry as human tools to control food supplies. I would tend to agree with that, and divide the Anthropocene Age into two parte: Early Anthropocene, (Agricultural) Era (from approimately 6000 BCE, with the development of agriculture), and the Later, or Current Anthropocene (Industrial) Era, about 1300 CE, with the invention of timepieces that operate independently of natural cycles

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Yetanotheruser : I think I agree with you. The rise of agriculture is significant and needs to be taken into account. And the Later Anthropocene age would then be where we are now.

janbb's avatar

Age of Aggressive Stupidity

fundevogel's avatar

@muppetish & @picante You’re both right. You can’t have an information age without a misinformation age. You can see the same pairing in America’s first information age starting around 1840. What makes information widely available will always make misinformation widely available as well.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The age of religious intolerance.

Aster's avatar

The Age of the New Earth.

Deja_vu's avatar

Seriously The Digital Age

josie's avatar

The Pivotal Age

Jabe73's avatar

The Internet Age?

weeveeship's avatar

Age of Empires

I love that game

deni's avatar

Age of Aquarius. Just ask the 5th Dimension. Derrr.

JustmeAman's avatar

I think it is the age of Accountability can’t quite remember but can look it up.

JustmeAman's avatar

This is the period of time when big business will be held accountable and the world will change. Well at least according to the Mayan Calander and it’s periods.

fundevogel's avatar

Ah, those Mayans. They’re worse than the weatherman. They totally blew that prediction that their society would still be around in 2012. You’d think they wouldn’t miss something like the obliteration of their own culture.

JustmeAman's avatar

They are still here?

fundevogel's avatar

Nope, but they thought they would be.

JustmeAman's avatar

There are still Mayans here.

fundevogel's avatar

What I meant is that according to their predictions the Mayan civilization is still alive and well. They totally missed the whole conquistador smallpox thing.

Strauss's avatar

The Mayan culture is still here. They just went underground for the past 500 years or so…

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