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Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age Paperback – March 1, 2010
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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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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.