In this book that promises answers to the "secret" of , Gregg Braden offers fresh perspectives on the concept of "time. Nature shows us the ubiquity of repeating patterns known as fractals. Are these patterns embedded in the workings of the universe? Braden explores the ideas of various ancient cultures regarding "World Ages" and shows their similarity.
One of these cultures is that of the Mayans, who have risen to public awareness because their calendar, an astronomically accurate and incredibly lengthy measure of time, goes only to , then stops. Pop culture has turned this into a possible "doomsday" scenario. Since I am writing this in , it is obvious that the world did not end.
But did a World Age end with the winter solstice of ? Other authors on this subject did not consider "the end of the world" but as a fluid point between two ages, generally based on the precession of the equinoxes, a 26, year cycle that traces a path around the twelve constellations of the zodiac. This time period, known to the Mayans, can be divided into five World Ages of years each. Braden says we are at the end of the last of these five cycles.
But that would assume that this point in the sky at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius was somehow the starting point. How is there a starting point to a cycle that presumably endlessly repeats? But it's not clear that we are lined up with the galaxy, and I confess to finding the whole business confusing. But perhaps really is a dividing line between World Ages, and perhaps it actually means something for human consciousness.
Braden discusses the concept that how we think and feel influences matter, and, if this transition time does mean more natural disasters, we have the power to reduce their impact through our thoughts and actions. It certainly does seem like we are living through a difficult time in our planet's history, for whatever reason. We know there has been climate change and extinction events in earth's past. Should we read some ominous meaning into the strong storms and earthquakes we've had since the century turned?
There have also been way too many human-caused tragedies, with wars, terrorist attacks and nuts with guns shooting innocent people.
Braden also offers a "time code" and a "time code calculator" for figuring out when "seed" events might repeat, or at least when conditions will exist for them to repeat. I was less interested in this, since it cannot predict actual events and it seems questionable as to which events are really "seed" events that might repeat. The basis for this calculator, which relies on the number known as "phi," seems dubious.
The book makes some attempt at an explanation of the repeating nature of time, stating that time IS space as space expands outward from its beginning. Conditions on earth and human consciousness change with earth's position in the galaxy.
There's the influence of the mysterious movement of earth known as the precession, as the position of the morning star slowly moves around the twelve constellations as it rises in the morning, a movement that takes almost 26, years to complete, a period much longer than human history. Yet this cycle was known to ancient peoples, including the Mayans.
How are we and our planet influenced by this long cycle? Fractal Time explores many interesting questions. Like other authors, Braden offers interesting speculation, but is unable to provide solid answers to "The Secret of and a New World Age" the book's intriguing subtitle. This book has the selling point of being about the mystery and anticipation of , but its true value is the fact that it introduces readers to the world of fractals,or patterns in nature.
Gregg Braden does a great job of presenting evidence of patterns in nature, something scientists denied for many years because it strongly suggested the existence of some kind of intelligence behind what was supposed to be the "accident of life". Regardless, he does well in making the case that time is also part of nature and therefore also cyclical, or has patterns.
He uses great examples like the history of presidents assassinated in office, the Kennedy-Lincoln connection, which, not to give anything away, is way too eerily similar to be called a coincidence. He also talks about the Golden Ratio, phi, which mathematicians find when measuring the actual patterns in nature.
After reading this book I became obsessed with the topic of fractals. The author does a great job of simplifying what I thought was going to be a very complicated subject. Once you learn about the topic of fractals you will never look at the world the same way again. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If you are interested in knowing how the past and future work this is the book for you. The book outlines why certain major catastrophic events took place. It indicates that these events are all part of a grand plan directed by the universe and not controlled by man. We are mearly travelers on the planet called earth.
The only hope we have is to study the universe so we can know what it's next move will be, the book indicates that the universe has provided us with all the information we need to interpret it. Our delema is developing the technology so we can read the signs. Frost crystals occurring naturally on cold glass form fractal patterns. Fractal art and Mathematics and art. The topological dimension and Hausdorff dimension of the image of the Hilbert map in R 2 are both 2.
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Given that everything we see is space-time, it can be concluded that time is also self-similar and fractal. Now I see fractals everywhere I look. Riverbeds, paint specs, clouds. All you need is two colliding interfaces with an infinite surface area to create a fractal interface, which by definition has infinite surface area depending on your scale. The individual photon is something that I have explored as well; although it is not just the photon, since time is fractal, there is simultaneously one and one infinite photons. The real key is examples of self-similarity at specific scales, and renouncing that the speed of light is constant anywhere.
All atoms exhibit basically the same characteristics, all stars, galaxies etc. There are definite orders of magnitude, in which the self-replication and self-similar nature of our nature becomes apparent. The end result is you looking into a microscope, to see yourself looking into a microscope, seeing yourself looking into a microscope.
If you find this interesting, go ahead and shoot me an email, I love developing this concept with like-minded people. Greg Norris said this on December 3, at 8: We as a complex organism,know we are an infinitesimal part of what makes our universe a whole. After years, every atom in our body is replaced.
There are 10X more bacteria than cells in our body. As mass increases, spacetime iteration, or an organisms metabolism decreases. We are entropic temporal loops existing spatially in a continuum of spiraling fractals. We are the epitome of Time in its physical form. Russell Harvey said this on May 5, at 4: You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
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