Novelty TheoryPosted: April 26, 2010
This is the first of most likely many posts about Terrence Mckenna. There’s a lot to know about him so I’ll keep it short and let the video do the talking as far as an introduction to his world.
“Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American author, public speaker, metaphysician, psychonaut, philosopher, ethnobotanist, art historian, and self-described anarchist, anti-materialist, environmentalist, feminist, Platonist and skeptic. During his lifetime he was noted for his knowledge of psychedelics, metaphysics, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, mysticism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, biology, geology, physics, phenomenology, and his concept of novelty theory”
This short video series is Terrence explaining his novelty theory. He created a computer program that is used to match events of novelty or “newness” (ie. important memorable events) in time with ones that occured in the past within other epochs or sections of time. Each epoch from the birth of the universe to sometime in late 2012 (coinciding with the end of the mayan calender’s long count) gets shorter and shorter while the same amount of change from the last epoch happens in the next one, until we come to a “singularity” where the graph of change goes off the charts. At this point the level of interconnectedness and complexity is so high that anything and everything that could be imagined will happen simultaneously. Ray Kurzweil has a similar theory about a technological singularity that is predicted to occur about 30 years later, a movie will be coming out on the topic this year.
Another good lecture series by Mckenna related to this on youtube is called “the world and it’s double”. It’s got to be about 2 hours but it’s extremely informative.
Here’s another one I’ll throw in for free…