Timewave Novelty Theory

The Timewave Novelty theory was proposed by Terence Mckenna in the mid 1970s. It states that all events in the universe (more specifically relating to humanity) occur in a fractal pattern of "highs" and "lows". It also states that time "speeds up" and these events begin to happen more frequently until we revert back to Timewave Zero. The basis of his timewave novelty theory begins with the I-Ching.

The Chinese people have an uncanny ability to understand abstracts.  For example, some Chinese writing involves the use of symbols to express an entire idea or concept, whereas languages such as English, the only purpose of symbols in our writing is to produce voiced sounds.  The I-Ching is an example of one of these abstracts.  It’s made up of 64 symbols, each symbol consisting of 6 lines.  The I-Ching is used by flipping a coin six times. The outcome, heads or tails, is recorded using a solid line for heads and a broken line for tales.  The results from the coin flipping are then be recorded and used to create one of these symbols called hexagrams, and the Chinese people would use the hexagram to determine events in the near future.  

Terrence McKenna, an American philosopher and psychonaut, was able to develop a mathematical representation explaining the use of these hexagrams, and was able to make sense of this Chinese game of fortune.  After looking at all the possible outcomes, McKenna was able to notice a quite obvious pattern.  For every symbol, the following symbol is exactly identical, just rotated 180 degrees.  The resulting rotated figure is exactly identical to the previous one, but it is also exactly opposite, similar to the Chinese idea of yin and yang.  This is true for all numbers except 1,2, 27, 28, 29, 30, 61, and 62 because their corresponding opposite results in the same combination of solid and broken lines.  The data McKenna was able to derive from the I-Ching was the basis for the Timewave Novelty Theory.

While looking at all the figures, Terrence McKenna noticed that from symbol to symbol a different number of lines were changing throughout the sequence.  From 1 to 2 a total of six lines changed from solid to broken, 2 to 3 had a total of two changes, and 3 to 4 resulted in four changes and so on.  McKenna then plotted all these numbers on graph, making the x-axis the number in the sequence and the y-axis the amount of changed lines.  

Pretend you were participating in I-Ching and the coin flipping resulted in the 38. The number 38 indicates your x-coordinate on the graph. The number of line changes from 37 to 38 is four. This is your y-coordinate.  How did the Chinese use this information to predict future happenings?  The graph he created is what he calls the Timewave. The location the hexagram places you on the graph shows you where on the Timewave you currently fall. Your coordinates are (38,4).  The coordinate for hexagram 39 would be (39,6).  Since the next hexagram is increasing on a peak, based on the I-Ching you could assume you are about to experience an event that leads to future stability.  After developing the above graph, McKenna took the 180 degree rotation concept and applied it to his graph.  On a new graph he plotted the original points and then drew the same graph, rotated it 180 degrees and superimposed it on the original.  Considering the six lines in each hexagram, McKenna copied the process six more times creating a longer, repeating version of the second graph. McKenna was able to account for all the peaks and valleys and create a computer generated graph consisting of all the average values.

From this final average graph, McKenna believed his Timewave Novelty Theory had developed the map of time, and can show us both our beginning and end.

A fractal is a shape generated by plotting mathematical data. This shape looks to be repeating whether you view a small section or the picture in its entirety, and when the Timewave graph is expanded showing the beginning of time to the end of time, a fractal can be clearly seen.

You can see the segment labeled July 7, 2012-December 21, 2012.  But when the left extreme is taken all the way to April 12, 1861, it’s clear that smaller section appears to produce the same shape as the bigger section.  In his description of the graph, Terrence McKenna states the x-axis consists of all values of time, and the y-values are the amount of novelty. 

McKenna describes novelty as an increase in activity and options.  This increase is caused by a significant and dramatic event.  When the graph goes up it signifies an increase in stability but when the graph is on a downward curve, a specific event is influencing change and reorganization. Each individual peak and valley represents a specific event that caused or will cause such change.

At the beginning of time, the big bang initiated the first occurrence of organization present in the universe. This is where the Timewave Novelty Theory begins. The fact that the universe was created at this instant means obviously this point would involve the highest potential of change, resulting in novelty being at its highest.  McKenna was able to determine that at the very right extreme of the graph, we eventually reach Timewave Zero, resulting in the maximum level of novelty, or potential for change. 

The Timewave Novelty Theory reinforces the idea that everything in this universe operates on a system of balance. We begin at zero and end at zero. It is only natural that we return to where we started. 

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