What People Believe: Time Cube Theory
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Time Cube Theory is the brainchild of Gene Ray, the self-styled ‘wisest man on Earth’. The theory, expounded in two large columns of multi-coloured text on his website, has made Ray an internet celebrity; the page itself achieved immense popularity because of its impenetrable pseudo-science and vitriolic criticism of what it refers to as singularity consciousness. Gene Ray’s philosophy is derived from a fairly simple principle. Conventional wisdom defines the world as an imperfect sphere and calls the period of its rotation through 360 degrees a day. Ray points out that the Earth shares many similarities with a cube- having a top, bottom, front, back and sides - and can therefore be regarded as a cube. Given this redefinition, Ray suggests that every rotation is not one day, but four - an assertion which many have found puzzling. The idea of four days comes - as far as one can ascertain from Ray’s rambling, note-like manifesto - from the fact that a cube fixed on two faces (the poles, in the case of the Earth-cube) can rotate through its four other faces. Following these four faces through a single rotation, each would have accrued 24 hours in time. To make it simpler, consider it this way: in one rotation of the earth, four different people in four different countries have four different days. At this point, Ray concludes that a rotation of the earth represents four days, not one - and therefore the whole of philosophy and science must be re-evaluated.
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