The event which seemed to McKenna the most novel event of the mid-20th C. was the use of an atomic bomb to incinerate Hiroshima, which occurred on
August 6, 1945. Adding 24,576 days to this gives the date November 18, 2012. Influenced by the fact that the then-current 13-baktun cycle of the Maya
Calendar ended in December 2012 (according to the most commonly accepted value for the correlation number, by which the Maya long count is connected
to the Western calendars) McKenna adopted 2012-12-22 as the zero date, and around 1991 settled on 2012-12-21.
this reasoning made four assumptions:
The beginning and end of any cycle corresponds to a time of great novelty.
The zero date is likely a date in the early 21st C.
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is the event of greatest novelty in the mid-20th C.
Despite the zero date that this reasoning leads to, the "end date" of the Maya Calendar is a more likely zero date for the timewave.
None of these assumptions is well-justified
Several other events during 1935-1965 are candidates for events of great novely,
especially the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 1963-11-22, so #3 is dubious. As for #1, not only is it also dubious, it seems refuted by the
timewave itself, because with any zero date, the date 24,576 days before that does not show up as a peak or as a major descent in the timewave (using
the Kelley number set, the only number set in existence in the mid-1980s) but on the contrary shows up as the start of an ascent into habit.
Note that the timewave preceding the date 24,576 days prior to the zero date (for any zero date) is a period which (over the course of three months)
does not show any major ascent or descent.
Thus the choice of 2012-12-21 as the zero date puts the date of the Hiroshima bombing into a period which does not show any major novelty, contrary to
what is implied by a combination of assumptions #1 and #3.
Having shown that the reasoning used by Terence McKenna to arrive at a zero date of 2012-12-21 might all along have been seen as less than convincing,
one can now ask if there is any reason to support a more plausible choice of a zero date. the answer is yes, there are several
possibilities for a revised zero date
The Kelley timewave shows a major descent of the timewave beginning, not 24,576 days prior to the zero
date but rather 16,384 days prior. (Note that 16,384 = 2^14.) This is true for any choice of zero date, for example, a zero date of 2018-08-26:
So we could look for an extremely novel event sometime during 1969-1979 and then add 16,384 days to that date to get a zero date sometime in
When we examine the mathematics of the timewave we find (surprisingly) that any two dates which are major (a.k.a. geometric) resonances of each other
imply a particular zero date.
In Section 3 of The Mathematics of Timewave Zero it is shown that for any point on the timewave which is x days prior to the zero date, for which the
value of the timewave is v, the value of the timewave at the point 64*x days prior to the zero date is 64*v. Since this is true also of the points in
the vicinity of x, the shape of the timewave at the second point is the same as the shape at the first point. The ups and downs of the timewave
represent novelty/habit, so the novelty/habit of the two points (and adjacent regions) is the same (just at a different scale). Two such points or
regions of the graph are said to be in resonance, and they are major (a.k.a. geometric) resonances of each other, or more exactly first major
resonances. (If related via 64*64 instead of simply 64 then they are second major resonances or each other.)
Suppose the units of time on the horizontal axis of the graph are days, and that each day is numbered according to the system of Julian day numbers
(JDN), and suppose that the JDN of the zero point is z. Suppose that two events are located on the graph at JDNs d1 and d2 (with d1 < d2). Then the
first event is z-d1 days prior to the zero date and the second is z-d2 days prior. Suppose they are first major resonances of each other, then (z-d1)
= 64*(z-d2). This implies that z = ((64*d2)-d1)/63. Thus if we can find two events which are first major resonances of each other, then the JDNs of
those events will give us a zero date.
As noted above, according to the Timewave Zero theory, events (and regions of the graph) that are major resonances of each other are such that the
novelty (or habit) of one is exactly the same as the novelty (or habit of the other), but just at a different scale; and what occurs in time at one
point is a reflection of, or analogous to, what occurs at the other. In his talks on the timewave Terence McKenna gave numerous examples historical
events or periods in major resonance. See The Battle of Hastings (which occurred in 1066) for a detailed discussion of two events in 2008 which are
candidates for being seen as the first major lower resonances of that event.
So (without assuming any particular zero date, since that is what we are trying to determine) we need to find two events that are so alike, or
analogous, that they are very likely to be first major resonances of each other. Candidates for this are the assassination of John F. Kennedy
(November 22, 1963, in the Gregorian Calendar) and the assassination of Julius Caesar (March 15, 44 BC, in the Julian Calendar), since both of these
were politically motivated, were very surprising and had very significant consequences. The JDNs of these two events are d1 = 1,705,426 and d2 =
2,438,356. From the formula above for z we obtain (ignoring the fractional component) z = 2,449,989, which corresponds to September 28, 1995.
Since our revised zero date must be a date in the future (relative to 2012), this will not do, so we must reluctantly conclude that these two
assassinations were not in fact first major resonances of each other. The problem remains, then, to find two events which are, and whose dates (JDNs)
imply a zero date which is in the future.
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