Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Time Acceleration

The topic of "time acceleration" fascinates me to no end. In that spirit, I offer this 3-minute clip featuring the thoughts of Terence McKenna, who studied time acceleration from several vantage points, but most notably from the perspective of the I Ching.

I still puzzle over whether time ~ as in the space/time continuum ~ is in fact speeding up, or if time only seems to be passing by more quickly due to the phenomenal rate of change we're experiencing. The catalyst, of course, would be technology and its ability to process information at ever-faster speeds, which would create the sensation of time accelerating. I don't know the answer.

If you're unfamiliar with the late Terence McKenna, he was something of a phenomenon. To sum him up, here's the opening paragraph to his Wikipedia entry:
Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was a writer, public speaker, philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, art historian, and self-described anarchist, anti-materialist, environmentalist, feminist, platonist and skeptic. He was noted for his knowledge, and the ability to articulate his knowledge, of the use of psychedelics, metaphysics, plant-based entheogens, and subjects ranging from shamanism, mysticism, hermeticism, neo-platonism, biology, geology, physics, astrophysics, media theory, linguistics, poetry, historical and civilizational timelines, the theoretical origins of human consciousness, psychedelic phenomenology, and his concept of novelty theory.
I want to thank the insightful Colorado astrologer Melody Scott Zindell for posting this a while ago on her blog, which is where I spotted it.


christopher said...

I vote yes. This is what 2012 is about according to some. This speed up hits a nexus then after which it begins to slow again.


Smarts said...

Greg, you might enjoy the book Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time by Christopher Dewdney. He explores time in many facets, including slowing down and speeding up. Dewdney is an acclaimed Canadian Poet and I couldn't help having his way with words cast a spell on me. :)

christopher said...

To finish with recommendations, there is an old book, still available that gives a treatment of time as a mirror of space that will unhinge ordinary thinking about time. That book is Living Time by Maurice Nicoll.

His perspective was formed as a student of Gurdjieff, and an associate of Ouspensky. His view is all his own.

Gregory LeFever said...

Angela and Christopher, thanks to both of you for stopping by and leaving such excellent recommendations for further reading.

I could stand to become better informed on, at least, the various theories. It's difficult because as I grow older, time tends to speed up as it does for all humans naturally. So, how much of what I'm feeling is "me," and how much is something much larger?

At least I have no more complaints about time dragging. Not in the least!