Will the world undergo a ”cataclysmic shift” on 21 December 2012—the end of history, as the ancient Mayan calendar would have it? A number of books say it will. The latest—and the one with the thickest technological wrapping—is Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age by Gregg Braden.
Braden worked as a computer scientist for Phillips Petroleum, Martin Marietta Defense Systems, and Cisco Systems before turning his attention to spiritual matters. His latest book—and what he must imagine to be his last—merges the laws of fractal patterns (smaller shapes or patterns representative of the larger whole) with ancient cyclic views of the universe.
This article originally appeared in print as "Divine Circuitry, or Circuitous Divinity."