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Timewave Zero

Terence McKenna (who died April 2000) was a professional mushroom researcher, among other things, and in the course of his long firsthand study he experienced a visionary inspiration for a fascinating piece of software called Timewave Zero. I first read of it in his book The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFO's, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History. Quite a mouthful, that: but when you've done as many mushrooms as Terence... Anyway, the official introduction to the original program from Dolphin Software (by Peter Meyer) describes it best:

This software illustrates Terence McKenna's theory of time, history and the end of history as first described in the book The Invisible Landscape by him and his brother Dennis, and more recently in his The Archaic Revival (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992). The theory of Timewave Zero was revealed to Terence by an alien intelligence following a bizarre, quasi-psychedelic experiment conducted in the Amazon jungle in Colombia in 1971. Inspired by this influence Terence was instructed in certain transformation of numbers derived from the King Wen sequence of I Ching hexagrams. This led eventually to a rigorous mathematical description of what Terence calls the timewave, which correlates time and history with the ebb and flow of novelty, which is intrinsic to the structure of time and hence of the temporal universe. A peculiarity of this correlation is that at a certain point a singularity is reached which is the end of history - or at least is a transition to a suprahistorical order in which our ordinary conceptions of our world will be radically transformed. The best current estimate for the date of this point is December 21, 2012 CE [common era], the winter solstice of that year and also the end of the current era in the Mayan calendar.

Order Timewave Zero in its latest incarnation, Fractal Time Software.

It's illuminating to experiment with this program, finding correlations of the novelty points (sudden, steep descents of the timewave) with critical eras of transformation: the atomic bomb, the Neanderthals, the rise of homo sapiens, the birth of language, the Black Death, the Enlightenment, the agricultural revolution, 1967....

And what about now? Where will this period before the "zero point" of 2012 take us?

--Nowick Gray

further reading...

by Nowick Gray ...

Alternative News Digest

Getting To 2012: Notes Toward the End of Time

Surfing Time: Particle and Wave | I Am That | Coltrane | Finding Ecstasy vs. Pursuing Happiness

Free Will and the End of Materialism

On Novelty

and from other sites ...

2012 and Human Destiny:
End of the World or Consciousness Revolution? - Stanislav Grof, M.D.

Bye-Bye Darwin! - Joseph Diez Faixat
This work discovers, with surprising accuracy, a hidden spiral-fractal pattern of change in Big History, that leads to a point - Omega - of singularity, and confirms and fixes the great intuitions of Sri Aurobindo, Teilhard de Chardin, Jean Gebser, Ken Wilber.

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