Geoff Stray looks at Terrence McKenna’s contribution to 2012 theory. In my opinion, what McKenna calls “novelty” probably referred to the new perspective that one has in Fifth Density, which is novel, and not to unusual perspectives as the article on Sheliak, below Stray’s article, implies. Of course I could be wrong.
2012: THE EMERGENCE OF AN ENIGMA
Geoff Stray, http://www.diagnosis2012.co.uk/
I first became fascinated with 2012 in 1981, when I heard about a book by Terrence and Dennis McKenna, called The Invisible Landscape. It took me 10 months to get hold of the book, and I had to read it twice before I began to understand it, after becoming more acquainted with advanced neurochemistry.
For those of you who may not know the story: In 1971, the McKenna brothers went down to a remote part of the Amazon jungle to investigate rumours that the shamans performed magic using a “violet psychofluid” – a kind of ectoplasm which pours from all orifices and the skin, following ingestion of a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca (only visible to others who’ve taken the brew). They ended up taking a different combination of sacred plants, but which contained the same active ingredients as ayahuasca – dimethyltryptamine, and harmine (a beta-carboline) – both of which are closely related to the natural secretions of the pineal gland (especially in advanced meditators).
After a shared hallucinatory episode, the brothers returned to the USA to develop the insights they had in the Amazon. They were convinced that the ancient Chinese oracle – the I Ching, or Book of Changes – worked because it was a mathematically coded form of
the time wave system that underlies change in the universe. The I Ching is a group of 64 six-line structures called hexagrams, which show all combinations of Yin and Yang (like + and – ). Another researcher – Martin Schonberger, in 1973, found an exact correspondence between the 64 hexagrams and the 64 codons in our DNA, at the same time as the brothers worked on advanced neurochemical theories to explain how the chemistry system worked, by which they had accessed knowledge stored in their nuclear DNA.
Eventually, they found a complex fractal wave, where each level is 64 times greater than the one below, consisting of 26 levels, which describes all change in the universe, from sub-atomic event durations, up to a universe-length time-span. When they analysed the peaks and troughs of history, and lined up the Timewave over the wave of history, they found that the end of the wave, when all the sub-waves peak together, will be in the year 2012 !!
At the time they discovered this, THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE MAYAN CALENDAR, or that the Long Count ends in 2012. The Invisible Landscape was published in 1975, and knowledge of the Mayan calendar did not become widespread until 1987, when Jose Arguelles published The Mayan Factor. Having heard about this later, the McKennas published a new version of the Invisible Landscape in 1993, in which the Timewave was refined to end on the winter solstice, along with the Long Count.
The Timewave (“Timewave Zero”) was criticized by a mathematician called Watkins, and then checked and corrected by a nuclear physicist called John Sheliak, so that the new “Timewave One” fitted history even better (see Hyperborea for more details).
More recently, it has been discovered that the Mayan shamans actually used the same mushroom which the McKennas took, leading to knowledge of 2012 in both cases.
The end of the wave shows “ingression of novelty into spacetime” or change, accelerating to incredible levels. To paraphrase Robert Anton Wilson’s summary; the last 384-day cycle contains more transformations than in all previous cycles – below that is a 6-day cycle, when things accelerate even faster, and in the last 135 minutes, 18 barriers comparable with the appearance of life, or the invention of language, will be crossed – 13 of these will occur in the last second.
(snip – See Stray’s website for rest of article)
And the Hyperborea article referred to above.
Novelty Theory Bombshell!
Watkin’s Objection Brings Searching Review
“Novelty Theory on firm mathematical ground at last .” excited McKenna declares
Simultaneous announcements made November 1, 1997 from Albuquerque and Honaunau and documents posted on the WWW have confirmed what Novelty Theory insiders have speculated for months. Novelty Theory has been given a mathematical new look by mathematician and nuclear fusion expert John Sheliak. Sheliak, when he first encountered Terence McKenna and the Novelty Theory of which he is the inventor, was challenged by McKenna to “check the premises of the theory” using vector analysis, Sheliak’s specialty. Some years passed and when Sheliak returned to the problem he found McKenna and Novelty Theory reeling from the mathematical deconstruction of McKenna’s work put forth by Matthew Watkins, a British mathematician. Watkins showed conclusively that a procedural error in McKenna’s method had produced a result which was inconsistent with McKennas’s intent. This discovery lead Watkins to dismiss the entire edifice of Novelty Theory. However Watkins did not examine the impact of McKenna’s error on the values generated by the Timewave algorithm.
Sheliak, in carrying out his analysis of the Timewave has confirmed Watkins’ findings of a procedural error and has corrected that error. His work reveals that the difference between the two versions of the Timewave differ only slightly in many cases.
Reached at his home in Hawaii for comment McKenna had this to say: “I owe a real debt of gratitude to both Watkins and John Sheliak, but especially John. His work now makes explicit every stage in the construction of the timewave, any interested mathematician can now satisfy him or herself as to the precise details of the construction of the timewave. What is exciting to me and what makes me very confident of the new formulation is the fact that we are now getting a better fit of the Novelty graphs to historical data in a number of key areas where before, with the old version, we had some problems.
Just to mention two examples. The new wave, which we are calling Timewave 1, to distinguish it from Timewave 0, the new wave gives a much better picture of the ebb and flow of Novelty during the Second World War and during the century of the birth of Islam, than did the old wave. These are exciting times for Novelty Theory. I am happy to admit my error in the construction of the wave. Novelty Theory can now mature into a genuine intellectual discipline in which we can hope to see the contributions made by many people exploring the field. Many exciting discoveries now lie ahead.”
Analysts concurred that the immediate challenge for Novelty Theory enthusiasts would be the smooth and rapid dissemination of the new version of the Timewave and the replacement of key files in the widely distributed Timewave Zero software so that it will generate the new corrected values. Owners of Timewave Zero software should contact BlueWater Publishing to obtain info on software upgrades
Online here: the full text of John Sheliak’s paper. This is the only public source of this paper as of Nov. 1, 1997.
For further information visit The Novelty Report