Terence McKenna on ‘The Singularity’

Timewave Zero/Novelty Theory

Novelty theory attempts to calculate the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of time. It is an idea conceived of and discussed at length by Terence McKenna from the early 1970s until his death in the year 2000. Novelty theory involves ontology, morphogenesis, and eschatology. Novelty, in this context, can be thought of as newness, density of complexification, and dynamic change as opposed to static habituation. According to McKenna, when “novelty” is graphed over time, a fractal waveform known as timewave zero or simply the timewave results. The graph shows at what times, but never at what locations, novelty is increasing or decreasing.

According to the timewave graph, great periods of novelty occurred about 4 billion years ago when Earth was formed, 65 million years ago when dinosaurs were extinct and mammals expanded, about 10000 years ago after the end of the ice age, around late 18th century when social and scientific revolutions progressed, during the sixties, around the time of 9/11, and with coming novelty periods in November 2008, October 2010, with the novelty progressing towards the infinity on 21st December 2012.

Timewave Zero Software

This software illustrates a theory of time, history and the end of history as first described in the book The Invisible Landscape by Terence and Dennis McKenna. As related by Terence McKenna in his book True Hallucinations, the theory of Timewave Zero was revealed to him in the wake of an unusual psychedelic experiment conducted deep in the Amazon jungle in Colombia in 1971, which led to his being instructed in certain transformations of numbers, derived from the King Wen Sequence of I Ching hexagrams, relating to the occurrence of temporal phenomena. This led eventually to a mathematical description of “the timewave”, which allegedly correlates time and history with the ebb and flow of something called Novelty, claimed to be a quality intrinsic to the temporal structure of the universe.

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  1. robertS /

    Terence McKenna says that as we get closer to 2012 time will seem to speed up. On a graph of change, the time taken from the dinosaurs to man was a long time, then from man the hunter to man the farmer, was a shorter time, and from civilized man to the industrial age even shorter, then from there to man on the moon to the technology revolution even quicker, and now to the digital to total collapse, or spiritual age.

    When we get to the last week before 21st dec 2012, we will have made as many changes in a week as we would have in the past in 50 years. And when we get to the day before 21st Dec 2012, we will have learnt more in a day than a year in the past. And when we get to the last 5min, it will be overloading our ability to understand what is happening. The last minute will see our whole life time flash before our vision, right up to the last second, where time is pushing and collapsing everything we know, and right up to the last second there will be major lessons, even up to the last split second all will know the end has come of life as we have known it. Then an intense white light will be experienced by everyone, a brilliant flash that will put us all on our knees, if we aren’t on them already. A great sigh will go out from us as we change to light beings, and mother earth births a new earth, one of light.

    l can’t wait yahoooooo!!!

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