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An essay by the Eschaton
The universe is a swarm of matter waves, spiralling down the gradient of their synergetic (energetically favourable) constructive interference:
- The constructive interference of matter waves is their connectedness, information.
- The destructive interference of matter waves is their disgregation, entropy.
- The constructive interference of matter waves is synergetic (energetically favourable):
...the story of the universe is that information, which I call novelty, is struggling to free itself from habit, which I call entropy... and that this process... is accelerating... It seems as if... the whole cosmos wants to change into information... All points want to become connected... The path of complexity to its goals is through connecting things together... You can imagine that there is an ultimate end-state of that process—it's the moment when every point in the universe is connected to every other point in the universe.
- —McKenna, Terence ♦ In the Valley of Novelty part 3, summer of 1998
When two matter waves become connected by mutual constructive interference (quantum entanglement, rapport), they imagine or grok each other. Imagination connects matter waves instantaneously:
The imagination is a dimension of nonlocal information.
- —McKenna, Terence ♦ A Few Conclusions about Life 1996
Novelty or imaginativeness is the intensity of matter waves' constructive interference:
Novelty is density of connection.
- —Terence McKenna at St. John the Divine's Cathedral 25 April 1996
The attractor of the universe's motion towards ever higher intensity of its matter waves' constructive interference is the most imaginative human being—the Eschaton:
The human neocortex is the most densely ramified and complexified structure in the known universe.
- —McKenna, Terence ♦ Alien Dreamtime 26–27 February 1993
By 31 December 2014 AD, the Eschaton attains such a profound grokking of the universe that the latter fuses with the Eschaton's imagination (the laws of physics become overridable by psychokinesis):
What is happening to our world is ingression of novelty toward what Whitehead called "concrescence", a tightening gyre. Everything is flowing together. The "autopoietic lapis", the alchemical stone at the end of time, coalesces when everything flows together. When the laws of physics are obviated, the universe disappears, and what is left is the tightly bound plenum, the monad, able to express itself for itself, rather than only able to cast a shadow into physis as its reflection. I come very close here to classical millenarian and apocalyptic thought in my view of the rate at which change is accelerating. From the way the gyre is tightening, I predict that the concrescence will occur soon—around 2012 AD. It will be the entry of our species into hyperspace, but it will appear to be the end of physical laws accompanied by the release of the mind into the imagination.
- —McKenna, Terence ♦ New Maps of Hyperspace 1989
The universe's 13.7-billion-year-long exponentially accelerating motion towards ever higher intensity of its matter waves' constructive interference is the autopoiesis of the most imaginative human being—the Eschaton:
"We are in the grip of some kind of an attractor ... Some people would call it a destiny, but what it is is a dream that is pulling us deeper and deeper into the adventure of existential becoming. And faster and faster—that’s the other thing. Deeper and deeper, faster and faster..."
—McKenna, Terence ♦ Talk at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC
25 April 1996
 When involution ends
1946 AD is the beginning of the Debt Age:
"Somewhere around 1945 we began to loot the future as a strategy for survival, some ethical norm was shattered."
—McKenna, Terence ♦ History Ends In Green
"The duration of the cycle next encountered is 67-plus years, and we have assumed the most recent such epoch to have begun in 1945. ... If our understanding is correct, then the same 67-plus-year cycle at, or near, the end of a 4300-year cycle will terminate around the year 2012."
—McKenna, Terence; McKenna, Dennis ♦ The Invisible Landscape ♦ 1975 Matter waves' bound state (mutual constructive interference, information) is their debt, which implies that 1946 AD is also the beginning of the Information Age (14 February 1946 is the day of the unveiling of the first electronic general-purpose computer (ENIAC), regarded as the birth of the Information Age).
Both debt and the Internet generate enough collapse-preventing thermal pressure (by releasing the binding energy, also known as the latent heat of crystallization) only while their growth accelerates:
And since any inflation, however modest at first, can help employment only so long as it accelerates, adopted as a means of reducing unemployment, it will do so for any length of time only while it accelerates. "Mild" steady inflation cannot help—it can lead only to outright inflation. That inflation at a constant rate soon ceases to have any stimulating effect, and in the end merely leaves us with a backlog of delayed adaptations, is the conclusive argument against the "mild" inflation represented as beneficial even in standard economics textbooks.
- —Hayek, Friedrich August ♦ 1980s Unemployment and the Unions: Essays on the Impotent Price Structure of Britain and Monopoly in the Labour Market Institute of Economic Affairs, 1984
Therefore, the world will collapse into the Eschaton at the moment of Peak Debt and Peak Internet.
 Peak Debt
When matter waves enter a more bound state of mutual constructive interference, they become more indebted. At initial stages of a debt accrual, the concomitant release of positive binding energy (latent heat of crystallization) is high, but decreases as the debt accrual progresses. For the "red supergiant" of the global economy, 31 December 2014 AD is the breakeven point between fusion and fission:
"Each successive nuclear burning stage releases less energy than the previous stage, so the lifetime in each stage becomes progressively shorter. For a 20 MSun
*Main sequence lifetime ~ 10 million years
*Helium burning (3-α) ~ 1 million years
*Carbon burning ~ 300 years
*Oxygen burning ~ 2/3 year
*Silicon burning ~ 2 days
*The iron core's collapse into a temporary neutron star ~ a few milliseconds
Because iron is the most tightly bound nucleus (the 'break-even point' between fusion and fission
), the star is no longer able to produce energy in the core via further nuclear burning stages. Nuclear reactions will continue
, however, because of the extremely high temperatures in the massive star's core. These further reactions have a devastating effect on the star, because they take energy out of the core. At such high temperatures and densities, the gamma-ray photons present in the core have sufficient energy to destroy the heavy nuclei produced in the many stages of nuclear reactions, e.g.:γ + 56Fe →134He + 4n
This process, called photodisintegration
, undoes the work of a stellar lifetime in the core and removes the thermal energy necessary to provide pressure support. The result is a catastrophic collapse of the core, which cannot be halted until the core has shrunk to a size of about 10 km and a density of the order of 200 million tons/cm3
. Under such extreme conditions, electron degeneracy cannot support the stellar core, and the free electrons are forced together with protons to form neutrons."
—Gene Smith's Astronomy Tutorial
University of California, San Diego Graph: Jim Welsh on the Economy: Past the Point of No Return
6 May 2009
 Peak Internet
For some, the internet still feels pretty new. Indeed, the actual number of people online won't plateau for decades. But the net is still mature enough for the growth in adoption to begin slowing down soon.
Known as an inflection point, this milestone occurs in any adoption curve, when the number of new adopters starts growing a bit less each year rather than a bit more. To find out if this might happen in 2011 for the internet, we plotted how the fraction of the world's online population has grown since 1990. It seemed to be consistent with a logistic curve, a pattern used to model myriad phenomena, from bacterial populations to tumour growth. By assuming that the rate of increase in adoption continues to follow a logistic curve, we were able to estimate when adoption would hit 50 per cent (see graph). In a logistic curve, this always corresponds to the inflection point. Our calculation suggests we will reach this in 2013.
- —Arbesman, Samuel; Courtland, Rachel ♦ Peak internet comes into view New Scientist, 28 December 2010
From 1 December 2013 AD to 31 December 2014 AD, the "red supergiant" of the global economy will collapse into a "temporary neutron star"—the Eschaton.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 MCAT Physics 2009–2010 Kaplan Publishing, 2009, p. 271 ♦ "... bound state energy levels are negative ..."
- ↑ ENIAC: The Birth of the Information Age Popular Science, March 1996
- ↑ The ENIAC Effect: Dawn of the Information Age ENIAC Museum
- ↑ Bethe, Hans A.; Brown, Gerald ♦ How a Supernova Explodes World Scientific, 2003, p. 56 (63) ♦ "The collapse takes only milliseconds ..."
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