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Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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About the Author
New York Times best selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970s energy crisis, he worked as a Senior Computer Systems Designer with Martin Marietta during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he became The First Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, where he led the development of the global support team assuring the reliability of the internet in its early days.
For more than 22 years, Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code, The Divine Matrix, and his most recent, Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age.
Gregg’s work has been published in 27 languages and 30 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past.
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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 2012, then stops. Pop culture has turned this into a possible "doomsday" scenario. Since I am writing this in 2013, it is obvious that the world did not end.
But did a World Age end with the winter solstice of 2012? Other authors on this subject did not consider 2012 "the end of the world" but as a fluid point between two ages, generally based on the precession of the equinoxes, a 26,000 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 5125 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?
One answer might be that this is the point where (as author John Major Jenkins said in his book, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date) our solar system lines up with the midpoint of our galaxy, the Milky Way. But it's not clear that we are lined up with the galaxy, and I confess to finding the whole business confusing. But perhaps 2012 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. If this is the turmoil of a transition from an age that is ending and leading to a Golden Age (as alleged by authors like David Wilcock, in The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies), then let's hope we get through it intact.
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 26,000 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 2012 and a New World Age" (the book's intriguing subtitle).
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. Great book. 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.
The basic premise to the book is that there are patterns to the flow of time and energy which the ancients knew and could use, an idea which I find quite interesting and agree with. I also feel quite strongly that these are critical times for the human race (and the planet), and was hoping to find something usable in this book as far as understanding these times is concerned.
Frankly, Braden falls flat. He states on page 17 that this book is not a science publication or peer-reviewed research paper. He states, however that it is well researched and documented. I must take issue with that, as he makes numerous major mistakes critical to the work. He also quite often "invokes" a source rather than using it to properly develop his point. (Read Joseph Farrell's books for an example of how to do this right.)
First off, I have major issues with taking the New Age pop garbage about Nostradamus seriously. Most of the people who write popular books about old Nostie do not bother to research his original writings or correct historical data, and many of the books about him, including those written hundreds of years ago, contain numerous factual errors. To make the (absolute) statement that Nostradamus "predicted" such things as the World Wars, the JFK assassination, and 9-11 is an outrageous distortion of fact, to put it in the kindest terms.
Nostradamus was a mediocre healer, a lousy astrologer (couldn't do the math, which is not easy), and his reputation for "predicting" things was mostly luck and a certain cleverness for duping the aristocracy (not a bad thing, in itself). His reputation was built mostly after his death by several authors, some of whom knew little about his real life (kind of like the news today). Most of the modern books about him rely on these works, poor translations of his French quatrains, and a lot of "wishful thinking."
Some facts: Nostradamus made it a point several times of clearly stating that he was not predicting anything. And he was never under any duress from the Church or society, quite the opposite in fact, so the idea that he needed to "hide" his predictions in obscure language is in error. Strike one.
He did not date the quatrains, so any attempt to make them fit into historical dates is a post hoc interpretation and subject to many errors. The idea that he predicted World War 2 comes from his use of the word "hister," which some people are inclined to think points to Hilter. It actually points to an area of the Danube river, which was called "hister" in Nostie's time. It does not refer to a person at all. Strike two.
The idea that he predicted the deaths of the Kennedys comes from his mention of two brothers in power being killed. Well, given the number of brothers who have been in power (and been killed) in the last 400 years, claiming that he meant the Kennedys is also ludicrous. Strike three.
But enough about Nostradamus. What about Braden's special math formula for figuring out these secret time/energy flow patterns? Well, he does eventually get to the point of giving the reader the formula, and that process is a big disappointment. The idea that one could predict the 9-11 attacks based on a cycle starting with Pearl Harbor is clearly NOT supported by his work. In fact, he claims that hitting the month of March in 2001 as the "window" for the 9-11 event is ridiculous. His attempt to make it fit the facts is to say that the planning for 9-11 probably happened in March of 2001, which is factually incorrect, not to mention a textbook case of making the data fit the hypothesis (junk science, in other words).
His list of presidential assassinations and attempts also fails to mention the attempt on Gerald Ford, which would trash his pattern. There are probably more such attempts that we don't know about as well. Sorry, again it just doesn't fit the actual data.
His attempt to paint modern storms and natural disasters as being worse by citing lives lost and dollar amounts of damage is absurd. One doesn't measure the force of such things that way - one uses wind speed and other such empirical measures of the force involved. Obviously, with a larger, denser world population, an earthquake, tsunami, or hurricane will kill more people. That doesn't make it more powerful. In fact, weaker storms can actually be more deadly in such a case, so that whole idea is just plain wrong. Bad logic.
Braden also goes on and on about Einstein, ignoring historical facts and the genius of many other, far better, scientists, like Tesla, Whittaker, and Poincare.
I find his ideas intriguing and interesting, but he simply hits so far from the mark that I think he does more harm than good. (Perhaps that is his agenda - disinformation.)
In any case, if you think you will find any worthwhile information or techniques here, you will be sorely disappointed. Don't waste your money. Try Carl Munck instead.