Selasa, 27 Juli 2010

2012 & Other Novelty Theories

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21 which is said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle inthe Mayan Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae related to this date have been proposed, but few have been accepted by mainstream scholarship. One concept that has grabbed the attention of many scholars is what's called the "novelty theory".
Technology, population, speed of travel, food and materials production, communications capabilities, computing power, the decrease in computer size, amount of information known to humanity, and a gamut of other things, are all increasing at an accelerating rate. That is, they are increasing, and the rate at which they are increasing is increasing.
How far can we exponentially keep up this pace?
Mathematicians have plotted the asymptotic graphs of all of humanity's technological developments and projected them out to the point where they all, relatively simultaneously, hit infinity. Is that possible? For those that pursued such an endeavor arrived at a date infamously known as December 21st, 2012. Is this NOVELTY truly a date when everything as we know it will change'
Terrance McKenna thinks so: and he's not alone.
Our planet has experienced exponential jumps in time (can you say axial age?), near extinctions, and some major species-changing events in our history. The Agricultural Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and The Information Revolution are three of the biggest. But, now we're into totally un-chartered waters dealing with things such as nano-technology producing microscopic computers (that are millions of times faster and more powerful than the supercomputers of today).
Unfortunately, Terrance McKenna passed away on April 3rd, 2000, but we are left with his novelty theories and Timewave Zero concepts to pursue.
McKenna's theory said that as the complexity and sophistication of human thought and culture increases, a factor he called 'universal novelty' approaches a curve of infinite exponential growth. He called this the 'omega point'. In the time immediately prior to, and during the 'omega point of infinite novelty', anything and everything conceivable to the human imagination will occur simultaneously. McKenna fixed the date of this historical endpoint as December 21, 2012, the end of the long count of the Mayan calendar.
Does anyone know for sure?
What we do know is that the frequency, the resonance, and the heartbeat of the earth is on the move andincreasing. Can we stay the same in light of such movement? Are we not one with all? The earth is alive and becoming more so and we must "go with that flow" regardless of what unbelievable "novelties" come. They really can't be stopped; however, we can and should stop long enough to discern the subtle body that we and all are.

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