Tomorrow Calleman’s calendar will end and our consciousness will transform according to him. How will you be able to see if things have changed on the day after tomorrow (when all time zones have experienced the 28th of October)? Unless you do not encounter smarter people in your neighborhood you should at least expect mass extinctions and the emergence of new species from out of nowhere. Those things and events should be fairly easy to spot unless you are going extinct yourself. Although Calleman is not a proponent of disaster, Armageddon, etc. his model of the universe and the “Maya” calendar actually propose mass extinctions in order for something new and better to emerge. As mentioned in my most recent post on his book, his “Underworlds” supposedly coincide with former mass extinctions and the emergence of new life forms (but apparently not the most recent Underworlds that have occurred during any contemporary adult person’s life).
I could continue dissecting Calleman’s book but I think I have made my point clear after this post: the book is not scientific, accurate, well researched, etc. It is driven by a religious/spiritual agenda. I end this lengthy review with what I consider to be the most bizarre outcome of his ideas. To recap some of the ideas covered in earlier posts, Calleman believes a Cosmic Tree of Life was outlined before the Big Bang and that the universe and life forms (on this and other unknown planets) follow an intelligently designed master plan. This evolution is not continuous but consists of unconnected quantum leaps. These quantum leaps are supposedly found in the Maya Long Count, or rather a selected and distorted version of the Long Count that I refer to as the Callemanian calendar.
According to his “periodic system of biological evolution”, a species, or its wave form, can be assigned various quantum numbers (such as 188.8.131.52 for Homo sapiens). With all quantum numbers taken together one could expect 430 billion different wave forms according to his own calculation. He compares this with the known 10 million species today. However, on the level of humans that he exemplifies with the actual number of different wave forms is only 20,736 (12 x 12 x 12 x 12). Few species have actually emerged in the higher “Underworlds” since the first humans emerged. Most species are older than Homo sapiens so it is 20,736 that should be of relevance here. 20,736 wave forms have therefore given rise to the roughly 10 million species that exist today. This seems to contradict Calleman’s thesis just a little bit since he claims that each species has a unique quantum number. In his own words “each species is distinct and of a unique kind generated by a specific quantum number” (p 197). However, 10 million divided by 20,736 gives me 482, i.e. on average 482 species have the same quantum number…
New species supposedly emerge at cycle shifts in the Callemanian calendar because a new combination of polarization is introduced. As I noted above, has anyone seen many new species emerging in the past years or so? Please let me know. In any way, his proposed quantum numbers do not even coincide with the current state of knowledge. Following his way of reasoning the quantum number 184.108.40.206 (158,000 years ago) “is exactly the state that gave rise to the wave form of the human being” (p 197). Really? Anatomically modern humans are roughly 200,000 years old. That is roughly 40,000 years older than what Calleman claims. Why have not new species of humans emerged in the “higher” Underworlds? I guess Calleman believes those other Underworlds have nothing to do with biological evolution as such and that they have more to do with other processes. However, if so, then it is really the 20,736 wave forms that should have given rise to all known and dead living organisms.
What emerges tomorrow when we will have 13 on all quantum levels? A new species? Whatever Calleman believes there is an interesting consequence of his own way of reasoning. The intelligent designer that created the universe must have a negative quantum number since the quantum numbers only emerged at Big Bang and afterwards. What is a negative quantum leap if the highest positive numbers create a higher consciousness? Did the universe emerge from pure stupidity? Or is the transformation of consciousness going back to stupidity? Is that what Calleman has been telling us all along? Will Homo inferior emerge tomorrow?
Calleman states that “the evolution of a species through a sequence of minor shifts could give the impression of a gradual change, as indicated in the fossil record of horses” (p 197). I hate to tell a biologist this but the horses he talks about is not one species, they are not even the same genus or subfamily. The accuracy of dating fossils also means that one of course can assign a “quantum number” to a species (we can never date it to the day it died). However, if two very different animals emerge at the same time and share the same quantum number should they not be the same being? Even the fossil record up to the emergence of Homo sapiens has more known past species than Calleman’s 20,736 wave forms.
Calleman also make use of the erroneous claim (common among Creationists) that there are persistent gaps and missing links in the fossil record. He states that species often emerge through quantum jumps, such as from a land-living mammal to a whale. There are some problems with such an argument. The first is that of speciation. How does a species emerge? It demands some sort of isolation from other related populations in space and time. When one generation of animals give rise to its descendants, etc. we have a “descent with modification” (Darwin’s term). Changes are minor in a short-term perspective, across few generations. Since fossils rarely are formed, only a few individuals of a population become preserved and are properly recorded by professional paleontologists. It may be a thousand generations or more between individuals of related species found in a fossil record (but still found within the same geological period). During the time period between the lives of these individuals enough changes among the generations in-between may have created a new species. That is, if these two individuals could meet they would not be able to mate and give rise to a fertile descendent. Seen from one generation to the next and so on we will never see when the new species emerged. It is only from snapshots separated by time and space that species can be defined this way. The paleontological record has such a snapshot appearance (and so do the archaeological record). The assumed “gaps” are only gaps in preservation and the age of the discipline of paleontology (who knows how many fossils have been recovered by earlier people not knowing what it was?). When it comes to the evolution of whales, paleontologists do have a fairly good record of various terrestrial forms that slowly transforms and adapts to an aquatic environment. Transitional fossils do exist but missing links do not. Missing links are only demanded by Creationists and Calleman since they believe in the static Great Chain of Life and has nothing to do with Darwin’s ideas.
The outcome of his model is that “there is no continuum between different species and no direct lineages exist between them” and that “each species starts a new line in accordance with the different quantum numbers” (p 199). Apart from the logical contradiction here (no direct lineages [lines] exist but each species start a new line…what line is this???), this lead to some truly interesting scenarios that Calleman does not even think about. For example, when he says that his model does not require that “the living system be able to reproduce itself” (p 210), what he actually is proposing are virgin births or births from out of nowhere. When a terrestrial mammal parent suddenly gave birth to a whale could it take care of it if it could not swim? Would it even take care of such a surprising descendent? Those practical issues seem not to have bothered Calleman or does he actually believe that a wave form materializes a new species out of nowhere…? If so, we must all be replaced tomorrow.
Finally, Calleman makes sure to proclaim that his model is an open system (but it cannot be open because everything has a predetermined quantum number that defines all changes everywhere in the universe). I guess that is why he believes he can write something like this without contradicting himself: “What direction does a civilization take when it is all built on denying its origin? Most likely it goes in the direction of uncontrolled technological and economic growth without concern for the purpose that the universe was originally designed for” (p 282). So, for some reason the current centuries have not been part of the design of the universe. If the mighty Cosmic Tree of Life (or whatever) designed everything so accurately it for sure also designed the current economic crisis, WWII, internet, capitalism, etc. Calleman’s cherry picking of phenomena and events in the world is incoherent, confused, contradicting, etc. I would like to hear what Calleman has to say on his Swedish tour after the “end”. By then even his followers should have the answers.