Timewave Zero Novelty Theory
January 3, 2012 11 Comments
Timewave zero is a numerological formula that purports to calculate the ebb and flow of “novelty”, defined as increase over time in the universe’s interconnectedness, or organized complexity.
Quite the mouthful, but in lighter terms timewave zero is basically what philosopher Terence McKenna believes to be the point in time where anything and everything imaginable will occur simultaneously.
He says that the “universe has a teleological attractor at the end of time that increases interconnectedness, eventually reaching a singularity of infinite complexity on December 21, 2012.”
Terence is said to have conceived this idea over several years of study in the early to mid-1970s while under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms and DMT (dimethyltryptamine).
McKenna expressed “novelty” in a computer program which purportedly produces a waveform known as “timewave zero” or the “timewave.” Based on McKenna’s interpretation of the King Wen sequence of the I Ching, the graph appears to show great periods of novelty corresponding with major shifts in humanity’s biological and sociocultural evolution. He believed that the events of any given time are recursively related to the events of other times, and chose the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as the basis for calculating his end date in December of 2012.
McKenna is quoted as saying, “Using techniques that I developed for the problem I was able to mathematically collapse the hexagram construct into a self-similar fractal curve that can be used to map the unfolding of temporal variables and their resonances on all levels of duration.”
McKenna’s whole idea was in essence a mathematical program that measured the creative advance and decline in different periods of time in the human race.
McKenna describes this whole process as an Archaic Revival in the human race.
“What the Archaic Revival means is shamanism, ecstacy, orgiastic sexuality, and the defeat of the three enemies of the people. And the three enemies of the people are hegemony, monogamy and monotony! And if you get them on the run you have the dominators sweating folks, because that means your getting it all reconnected, and getting it all reconnected means putting aside the idea of separateness and self-definition through thing-fetish. Getting it all connected means tapping into the Gaian mind, and the Gaian mind is what we’re calling the psychedelic experience. Its an experience of the living fact of the entelechy of the planet. And without that experience we wander in a desert of bogus ideologies. But with that experience the compass of the self can be set, and that’s the idea; figuring out how to reset the compass of the self through community, through ecstatic dance, through psychedelics, sexuality, intelligence, INTELLIGENCE. This is what we have to have to make the forward escape into hyperspace.”
McKenna has trouble describing the coincidence that his date for the timewave zero also coincides with the Mayan Calendar and the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse. Terence calls this “the eschanton” a “something” that has been pulling mankind toward itself since the beginning, like a great attractor.
Terence is quite the interesting man.
What I find most fascinating is how someone could conceive these ideas on psychedelics. Maybe it is because we haven’t really studied them as much as we should and we should be focusing on researching these strange substances and their true effect on the human brain. It is another big question mark why substances like these aren’t legal if ideas like these can be conceived on them.
McKenna is an absolute genius, and I don’t think he was using psychedelics to get high. He was using them to crack all levels of understanding and reason and formulate his own hypothesis based on massive amounts of data and mathematical predictions.
Quite the trip if you ask me!