Exploring the Wonders of Terence McKenna's Novelty Theory
Terence Mckenna's Time Wave Zero Theory, is a theory that involves the usage of fractal time software to graph its mathematical expression. Adapted from China's I-Ching abstract writing system, a system that involves lines, 64 hexagrams, and a pattern of 180 degree rotation, Mckenna created a theory that focused on the amount of changed lines from one hexagram to the next and plotted the changes on a graph.
He then noticed saw-tooth pattern at the very beginning and end of the graph, rotated that 180 degrees and placed the new graph on top of the old one. He repeated this process six times and finally superimposed all of said graphs into one, thus finding the average of all the graphs. His ultimate conclusion about the graph was that it was representative of the natural pattern of time; the peaks representing "stasis" or stability (things staying the same) and the valleys, representing "novelty" or newness (change). He then proceeded to match specific dates and events that corresponded with the peaks and valleys on the chart. Furthermore, he noticed that the graph had the same structure whether looked at on a micro or macro level. This led him to further theorize that time is divided into different periods, all of which, are a bigger part of the whole. He originally believed the point of zero to be somewhere in 2011, upon finding out about the Mayan prophecy date of 12/21/12, he reconfigured his graph for that day as an end date.Thus bringing about the concept of time compression in that, the closer we get to the zero point, the shorter the period of time in which all the peaks and valleys on the graph had to be compressed into. It may sound a bit out there, but what more could you expect from a psychedelic mushroom enthusiast whom discovered said theory on a mushroom-trip saturated excursion into the jungle?
It is a well-known fact that the Western mind has trouble grasping the ideas of abstract thought as we are much more used to dealing in terms of the concrete. We use take for granted the abstract concepts that we use daily i.e. wet and dry. We cannot use one without comparing it to the other; wet is the absence of dryness, and vice versa. So let's try to simplify this as much as possible by exploring what this may mean for the zero point 12/21/12.
Basically, the period that we are now in goes from about 1945 to 2012. Things may be a lot more chaotic than they were in past centuries as, the pattern of time itself is speeding up, and thus all the valley's and peaks, or periods of stasis and novelty, are also sped up. For instance, children seem to be growing up at faster rates these days; once waiting until 18 to have things like cell phones, they are now demanding them before they even become teenage. Indeed, we all seem to be playing a game of beat the clock with our lives, could this be because internally we know that we are headed towards a proverbial finish line? The said end date, will be a point of extreme novelty or change according to Mckenna's findings.This could mean unimaginable destruction leading up to this date but could also bring about a restored sense of, the balance of humanity in the days after. Although this may be troubling news, the good news is, we won't have to wait too much longer to find out.