Over at Watts Up With That, there is a post by Juraj Vanovcan, European Climate, Alpine Glaciers and Arctic Ice in relation to North Atlantic SST record
It is a good read and points out what seems like old fashioned common sense (which academic scientists too often seem to leave out of their thinking).
But what I am going to comment on was off-topic there, so I offered to take the discussion here.
Figure 5 is this:
That caption got me thinking. We don’t too often see the timeline with older being to the right – but it happens more in climate than anywhere else I’ve seen. It is something I’ve thought about before, but never discussed with anyone.
Here is my question/observation:
Sometimes when I picture history as a time line, I view it going left to right, L>R, and sometimes I picture it as R>L. (e.g., for L>R 1800 is to the left and 2100 is to the right, while it would be opposite for R>L) I would say the balance is maybe 60% L>R and 40% R>L.
Does this sound strange to anyone?
I will even do this back and forth while thinking of a particular historical event, switching back and forth, literally within seconds. I won’t say it is a random thing, but it is pretty close to that. Almost every historical event I picture in my head I see both ways, at different moments/times.
I would also say that for times farther in the past it is more prominently L>R than R>L. But not always. For example I tend to think of Mozart and Beethoven’s times as being off to the right, Wagner, too. It isn’t exactly topic-specific, but may tend that way. But Isaac Newton and the Royal Society I see toward the left, usually. FDR I see more to the right, but sometimes to the left. Einstein is almost – but not always – to the left.