Terence Mckenna – Culture is your operating system

Terence McKenna and his idea of extropy is explained through the
window of opportunity we can call novelty. One of Terence McKenna’s
most widely promulgated ideas is known as Novelty theory. It predicts
the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of
time. McKenna developed the theory in the mid 1970s after his
experiences in the Amazon at La Chorrera led him to closely study the
King Wen sequence of the I-Ching. Novelty theory involves ontology,
extropy, and eschatology. The theory proposes that the universe is an
engine designed for the production and conservation of novelty.
Novelty, in this context, can be thought of as newness, or extropy (a
term coined by Max More meaning the opposite of entropy). According to
McKenna, when novelty is graphed over time, a fractal waveform known
as “timewave zero” or simply the “timewave” results. The graph
shows at what time periods, but never at what locations, novelty
increases or decreases. Considered by some to represent a model of
history’s most important events, the universal algorithm has also
been extrapolated to be a model for future events. McKenna admitted to
the expectation of a “singularity of novelty”, and that he and his
colleagues projected many hundreds of years into the future to find
when this singularity (runaway “newness” or extropy) could occur.
The graph of extropy had many enormous fluctuations over the last
25000 years, but amazingly, it hit an asymptote at exactly December
22, 2012.

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