Please, correct the above statements. Present is called third age, which began when True Power was first accessed by humanity. AoL is regarded by everyone as second age, supported by the fact that AS make several vague mentions of 'the age before the age of legends' - regarded as the first age.
When was the second age, in your view? More importantly, when did it end? None of the wars mark changeing of the ages.
Or think of it like this. There was the moment of creation, even if it wasn't the begining ( i know..). Then man had to develope, had to gain knowledge, found civilisations etc: Age 1.
The discovery of the ability to channel, along with new powers/ old ones lost (eg viewings, wolf brothers, sniffers) , would have marked the begining of age 2.
This is exactly how I feel too.... we are in the third age - the second age is myth/legend... and we don't know anything about the first age.
After this breaking - and the suspected cataclysm that will occur at TG, I would expect it to be ruined enough to start another age... then they would start to forget about the AOL, the Dragon (LTT), and it would be focused on the characters here...
I've taken this view as well by now, though I do think the debate isn't 100% settled, as there's been no definitive statements on the subject that I'm aware. What you're saying is the most likely scenario, though, given everything.
Oh, and we know a lot more about the "First Age" than the people of the books do, considering that our real world right now is in the Age before the Age of Legends. This HAS been confirmed. The emergence of the One Power was one of the factors involved in the transition from the First to the Second. I have my views on how the First Age ended, involving a nuclear war between the USA and Russia/USSR and also involving a war with the newly discovered One Power and even, possibly, the Dark One. The geography of Randland also bears much semblance to the geography of the First Age if you know what to look for. I wrote something up about it on the General WoT board, but no one seemed to care. There were even some similarities I didn't point out that I've noticed since. And I'm talking about VERY specific features, such as the features around Corsica/Sardina and Italy being close to the Mountains of Mist and Garen's Wall, the Urals Mountains (being on the line that involved the Spine of the World), where the Caspian or Aral Sea (or a similar one during the Second Age) stood being the sea Shorelle was on, the Himalayas being the mountain range around The Termool (and southern India being blasted off), the general outline of Southeast Asia and the islands there (if fill in the lands between the islands) and you pretty much have our map of Shara, the remnants of England and Spain being Aile Daishar and Aile Somara, respectively, that Shayol Gul is actually near where Moscow is (and that being an island during the Second Age should be a big enough clue itself), among many others. The Mediterranean got filled in at some point, Africa blasted away (and I can't imagine it's entirely gone, and the islands on the map are far too small to represent all of the Sea Folk, but I could be wrong on that, the one's shown are likely where southern India was anyway). Some of those features fall into place once you get the major ones down. I'm still a little skeptical as to the Mountains of Mist and Garen's Wall, I didn't list things in order of prominence, but it's all there.