Friday, April 29, 2011

Terence McKenna: Time Wave Theory 3b

We conclude McKenna's explanation of his Time Wave Theory.
(Terence McKenna believed that a fusion of Western and Eastern thinking would complete our understanding of the universe.  In this lecture he intended to translate through a mathematical model run by a computer, the thoughts of Eastern "mystics.")
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But, the uncanny thing about the I Ching is that it seems to work here.  Visualize for a moment sand dunes and notice when you look at the sand dunes in your mind that they look like wind.  Sand dunes look like wind in some sense.  Then analyze the situation.  What is wind?  Wind is a pressure variant phenomena that fluctuates over time.  In a way, the sand grains moved about by the wind are like a lower dimensional slice of the wind itself.  From photographic analyses of dunes, you can calculate the speed and duration of the wind that made them.  So, the dune is a lower dimensional slice of time, of the wind ebbing and flowing that made it.  Well,  now, let's change the metaphor a little bit.  Instead of grains of sand,  let's think of genes.  Instead of a wind storm, let's think of a billion years of evolution.  It moves the genes around in a pattern, which is a lower dimensional slice of the force which created the situation.
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In other words, on every living organism there is the imprint of the higher dimensional force which made it.  Now somebody could say well that's God, well but in a scientific context we don't speak like that.  But whatever it is, that made blind matter into whales, squirrels and human beings, it left its calling card inside each human being, each squirrel, each whale.  That's the DNA.  The DNA codons are based on a system of sixty-four, exactly the I Ching.

So my belief is that someone, some group of people thousands of years ago, looked into human organisms, looked, by meditative techniques,  into the center of their own being, and they were not mystics, nor where they empiricists, they were simply curious.  But at the center of the meditative experience, they saw an ebb and flow, an energy field, which was in a constant state of flux, and they asked themselves how many elements are necessary to describe this energy field?  The answer was more than ten, less than a thousand, more than twenty, less than five hundred and when they finally got it worked out, long behold, sixty-four situations are all the possible potential situations there are, out of sixty-four subtypes of time you can create everything from the coronation of Queen Mary to the resignation of Madonna, out of sixty-four types of time.

So really, what the I Ching is, is not a book of Chinese mysticism, it's a book of molecular dynamics, that sees through biology, to the physics that allowed biology to come into existence.  I'll argue this with anyone in the field, no matter how hardcore, or empiricist they claim to be.  The coincidence between the structure of the I Ching and the structure of the DNA is staggering.  it's not a simple correspondence between a sixty-four and sixty-four.  All the processes that occur in DNA can be easily modeled with the six line hexagrams which make up the I Ching.
(We provide a short introduction to molecular dynamics for those who learn better by watching than reading.  If you cannot see the embedded video, here is the link:

It's almost as though Western science was fascinated by energy.  For five thousand years we pursued understanding energy and this process ends with thermonuclear explosions in the deserts of the American Southwest.  We can light the fire that burns in the heart of a distant star.  We know how to do that.  That's what the Western mind achieved, political issues aside.

The Eastern mind was not interested in energy, it was interested in time.  They spend five thousand years deconstructing it and looking at it and you don't use atom smashers, you don't use enormous physical pressure, it's a different problem and you bring different tools to bear.  You meditate.  You look inside yourself.  You study the movement of water around pebbles.  You consider the situation.  You study the history.  In any case, the bottom line is the people who pursued this understanding of time, achieved as sophisticated a relationship to time, as the Western relationship to matter, expressed through our ability to trigger fusion and fission.

So there's a great deal for us to learn in the West, from these oriental efforts to understand time.  It is not necessarily mystical.  What I did was entirely mathematical.  It's not transparent to a person who has not studied mathematics, but to a professional mathematician, it's utterly trivial.  There's nothing occult about it.  I think true understanding can be communicated and formally described with mathematics and that's what we have here.  We're on the brink of a fusion of Western science with "Eastern mysticism."  Nothing mystical about it, except that we call it mysticism.  The fusion of these two viewpoints is going to give us a complete understanding of the universe of space, time matter and energy.
(McKenna was not totally clear as to what he meant by the merging of Eastern and Western knowledge.  We suggest this video as a possible bridge.  If you cannot see the embedded video, here is the link:

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