A multidisciplinary approach allows connectivity to develop between diverse subject matters. For example, plasma is a common factor in a possible explanation for the creation of crop circles and in an interplanetary theory of climate change. By following the links, we are able to create a bigger picture of what is going on. This approach also gives a new criterion for determining the usefulness of a theory: how much information it can integrate.
Theories of everything, based on just one methodology, like Kurzweil's technological singularity or McKenna's psychedelic apocalypse, seem to produce ideas of impending infinities so mindboggling they seem to collapse in on themselves like black holes. While these ideas maintain an inner logic, they refuse to submit to common sense.
More holistic theories that draw from multiple viewpoints or disciplines and integrate diverse data into something comprehensible seem ultimately much more useful. They also produce scenarios that seem more likely. This raises the intriguing possibility that it may be possible to formulate a grand unified theory of 2012 that coherently describes the fundamental underlying forces at work in this convergence, despite all the incredibly diverse data it would have to accommodate.
This grand unified theory of 2012 would have to bring together:
An explanation of the changing world ages and global climate
The relationship of our planet to the galaxy and the role of the precession of the equinoxes
The role of electromagnetism and cosmic radiation in regulating life on Earth
An explanation of the evolution of consciousness
An explanation of the apparently accelerating nature of time
Remarkably, a little-known twentieth-century writer and thinker did exactly this. A professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh for more than fifty years, Oliver L. Reiser corresponded and collaborated with Albert Einstein, the poet Rabindranath Tagore, and Sri Aurobindo, the Indian mystic and founder of Auroville.
Reiser's main theory was cosmic humanism, a name Einstein suggested to him. This was an expansive vision that placed the story of human evolution into the broader context of the galaxy. Reiser thought that geomagnetic forces were responsible for both the evolution of consciousness and cyclical changes on our planet.
Reiser's ideas have been acknowledged as formative influences on the work of Argüellés, who incorporated ideas from Reiser into Earth Ascending, and Jenkins, who devotes a chapter to Reiser in his book Galactic Alignment. Yet Reiser's major books, Cosmic Humanism, The World Sensorium, and The Intent Of Creation, are out of print or difficult to find.
Reiser also developed a theory of cosmecology, which connected the origin of biological mutation with x-rays to cyclical changes in the sun and the galaxy. This became incorporated into Darwinian evolutionary theory as the idea of punctuated equilibrium, which explains the sudden and distinct appearance of new species. He also connected these evolutionary cycles to the precession of the equinoxes and the geomagnetic reversal of the earth's poles. Reiser correctly predicted that records of these events would be found in magnetically reversed layers in rock samples. In addition, he suggested that the mechanism of cosmic radiation driving evolution might work directly on our DNA through resonance.
The Psi Bank
Reiser proposed the existence of a psi bank, a kind of magnetic memory field around the planet. The psi bank acts as a depository for thought forms and is held in place by electromagnetic bands around Earth. Reiser favored this idea over the notion that ideas are contained within the brain. He theorized that the brain was an amplification and receiving station for information stored in the psychosphere of the psi bank.
Reiser's work on the magnetic bands of the psi bank prefigured the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts, which he had accurately predicted the location of. Reiser also thought that the DNA double helix would be a resonant pattern within the psi bank field. Argüellés later resurrected this idea and connected the psi bank with the crossover polarity pattern of galactic activation portals in the Mayan Tzolkin, which he related to DNA.
Mirroring Russell's work on the global brain, Reiser suggested the idea of a global organic brain-mind that individuals can help develop by acting as a voluntary neuroblast, an embryonic cell that can become a part of the emerging planetary nervous system. He envisioned Eastern mysticism and Western science as two complementary hemispheres of this world brain, two halves of the earth's armature whose rotation generates the current to power our evolving planetary society. This is almost identical to Calleman's theory of the World Tree.
Reiser also believed that the processes of evolution are driving toward an approaching singularity that he called the evolutionary spiral. Reiser even suggested that a language of astroglyphs be created to communicate with other intelligences around the galaxy. These are a kind of cosmic universal language based on transforming sounds into pure number. The idea has a resonance with some theories that posit crop circles are a form of extraterrestrial communication.
The Master Timing Device
Significantly, because of the time he was writing in, Reiser lacked knowledge of two ideas that might have helped him complete his grand theory. These were the winter-solstice galactic alignment identified by Jenkins and knowledge of the Mayan calendar end date in 2012. Reiser knew he still had missing elements, and in his book The Holyest Earth he asks:
“What and where is the master timing device (the sun-planet-galaxy clock) which regulates the interdependent casual sequences to achieve and maintain the astro-geo-bio-homo-social chain of a vast, interlocking, and awesome teleology?”
That sun-planet-galaxy clock may well be the galactic alignment and the master timing device of the Mayan calendar. Reiser managed to be a 2012 theorist without even knowing about 2012. He did this by thinking synergistically, bringing together many seemingly diverse elements to attempt an explanation of what is driving us toward the event horizon of an impending omega point. It is possible that a similar approach gives us the best possible opportunity to understand the remarkable confluence of circumstances that are leading up to the convergence of 2012.
The best description of what is going on as we reach this possible omega point of 2012 is likely to build on these remarkable foundations. A new science seems to be emerging around the event horizon of 2012 that has expanded vistas from the science of the twentieth century. Our new theory of everything will need to be judged by how holistic and expansive it is, not by how small the pieces of the puzzle can be reduced.