On Time Cube

A rare peek into the genius that is Gene Ray

More and more people every day are becoming acquainted with the Time Cube principle, conceived by one Gene Ray, philanthropist and champion Marbles player. If you’ve had a chance to look over the TimeCube web page, you must understand the necessity to comment upon this fundamental new principle of nature.

After reading the full text of the web page (and after a massive migraine from the 10000-point font), it seems to me that one of three possible conclusions can be drawn about Gene Ray and the theory of the Time Cube:

  • Gene Ray is in fact the wisest human in the world, and is capable of understanding things that no one else had yet dreamed of conceiving.
  • Gene Ray is a paranoid schizophrenic who believes that he is surrounded by cubes, while living in a cube, while being a cube himself, with his face being only 1 corner of his 4-corner head.
  • The Time Cube is really an elaborate metaphor that Gene Ray created to describe something for which he can’t find other words. After all, he does keep referring to his principle as “ineffable.” Therefore, trying to describe any aspect of it would prove useless, as his web page clearly shows.

In a nutshell, Gene Ray presents a theory that everything in nature revolves in a 4-stage (4-corner) metamorphosis. This includes human beings, which supposedly go through the “corners” of baby, child, parent, and grandparent. This also includes the planet Earth which, according to Ray, experiences four days’ worth of rotations within a single day. Ray also applies the theory to the human face, saying that your face is only one corner of your head; therefore, you believe that you are only one fourth the person you really are.

And of course, as is standard in any crackpot worldview, Gene Ray insists that the academic establishment is conspiring to prevent his theory from being given consideration. He fearlessly calls educators assholes and stupid and evil, and urges young students not to listen to their shithead professors and debate the Time Cube freely. Ray couples this with the idea that human language is “counterfeit,” and that all words we speak are evil and damaging. An additional outgrowth of Ray’s hate against words is his disdain towards God (presumably the Christian one), since all religions are, in one way or another, based on words.

Moreover, Gene Ray believes himself to be the “wisest human” who has ever lived, and, on occasion, has called himself Dr. Gene Ray (despite his hatred of academia), all because he is the first to discover this principle of the Time Cube.

My curiosity about the Time Cube can best be expressed in the form of questions and comments which I will address towards each major portion of the theory.

Obvious Mathematical/Physical Difficulties

  • Since when does a cube have four corners? A cube has 8 corners, 6 faces, and 12 edges. A cube doesn’t have 4 of anything! However, Gene Ray might be referring to “corner” as in the corner of a room. But for that to make sense, we would need to assign a “top” and “bottom” face to each cube we conceive, which would not be practical.
  • The number 4 itself is a square, not a cube.
  • Aside from the number 4, Gene Ray pulls other numbers out of nowhere, like 4/16, 2x4x4, and so on.
  • Why does all available evidence show that the Earth experiences one day within a single rotation, instead of four days like Ray suggests? In fact, a single rotation is precisely what defines a “day,” so to say that more than one day occurs within a single rotation is meaningless.
  • A number of times in the text, Gene speaks of an “absolute proof” of his theory, but never presents one. And the web page that is supposed to hold his explanation of the “4/16 space-times” is conveniently under construction.
  • Gene claims that he will give $1000 to the first person to disprove Time Cube. What would constitute such a disproof? Gene himself calls Time Cube “ineffable.” Being ineffable makes Time Cube unfalsifiable, and thus unscientific.

Conceptual Inconsistencies

  • Gene Ray claims that it is the educational system that is preventing children from learning about Time Cube. So then how can Gene Ray understand Time Cube if he was “educated” in the same way as the rest of us? What was it that made him realize the alleged cubic state of nature?
  • What reason would the educational establishment have to prevent children from learning about Time Cube? If a person grew up completely isolated on an uninhabited island (without an educational system), would she understand Time Cube? I’m willing to bet that she would probably experience a single day in a single Earth rotation.
  • The various applications of the Time Cube theory presented by Gene Ray (rotation of the Earth, the human face, the human races, and human metamorphosis) are completely unrelated. How can a single theory apply to such radically different phenomena?

Human Metamorphosis

  • When does a “baby” become a “child”?
  • A person can be a “parent” and a “child” at the same time. Many people who have children also have living parents. Similarly, a person can be a “grandparent” and a “parent” simultaneously. Do these people occupy more than one corner of their cube?
  • What if a person never becomes a parent? Is every person required to go through the four-corner metamorphosis?
  • Many people have great-grandparents who are still living. In what stage of the metamorphosis are they?
  • Should a 50-year-old person who has never had children still be considered a “child”?
  • Do people who adopt a child transform to the corner of “parent” (e.g. a homosexual couple, or a woman who cannot become pregnant), or will they also remain children?
  • Gene classifies humans into 4 separate races: whites, blacks, asians, and native americans (“redskins”), probably to fit in with his obsession with the number 4. But on what race-corner would a person fit whose parents are of different races?

The Big One

  • How will understanding Time Cube change our life? What’s the difference if one Earth day is 24 hours or 96 hours? How will Time Cube resolve world hunger? Stop terrorism? Cure cancer? Bring interstellar travel? I mean, what’s the incentive for people to start believing in Time Cube? At least Christianity promises salvation — what does TimeCube promise?

Communications With Gene Ray

Believe it or not, I have exchanged a few e-mails with Gene Ray. I must admit, he was quite prompt in responding to me. But was he coherent? Well, judge for yourself. The following is an actual response from Gene after I sent him an e-mail asking him to go into a little more detail about Time Cube:

Hi Dmitry,

The Time Cube demonstrates that creation is actually Cubic, not 1-corner singularity as taught by academia and religion.. Think of a 4-corner classroom as representing the 4-corners of Earth, wherein stupid educators teach only 1-corner knowledge.

There are 4 simultaneous 24 hour days in a single rotation of Earth. There are 4 simultaneous years in a single rotation of Earth around the Sun. Each season has its own separate year. Your 4 corner head has only a 1-corner face – proving you to be only 1/4 or 1-corner of the entity you believe you are. Humans rotate around 4-corner stages of human metamorphosis as in baby, child, parent and grandparent. There should be a video tape and book available after the MIT lecture and debate. Your problem with comprehending the Time Cube may be due to your academic brainwashing and indoctrination. Time will tell.

Gene Ray
[12.25.01]

Conclusions

Gene Ray has drummed up somewhat of a following over the years, with pro- and anti-Cubic websites popping up now and then; more proof that people will believe just about anything. I suppose the reason I felt compelled to comment on Time Cube is due to the utter absurdity of Ray’s statements and the vastness of his delusion.

Ray was invited to lecture at MIT in 2002 and, more recently, at Georgia Tech. While I do appreciate the humor value in letting him lecture at any university, I feel somewhat sorry for Gene Ray himself, who believes that his audience actually buys into (if not understands) what he’s talking about.

Cubic Resources

  • TimeCube.com — The official page.
  • Cubic Awareness Online — Not sure if this is a parody or not. Attempts to support and promote the major points of Time Cube. Even has a “refutation” of the comments on this page.
  • Georgia Tech Lecture — Buy Time Cube merchandise, as well as a DVD of the lecture.
  • Proving Human Stupidity — A journal article that examines Time Cube and references this page.
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51 thoughts on “On Time Cube

  1. Hmmmm

    Just watched a show on American Nazis. Realized that Genes views and attitudes are hauntingly familier. I thought that the Nazi/Cristian stance was wierd because the main Nazis were into occult/neo-aryean stuff, then I thought of Gene’s rants against monotheism. Hmmmmm… his core objectives seem to be to come up with reasons to devalue others… he should really market to these guys. A swastika is nicely cubic! OK, just something I noticed. And BTW.. Asking to disprove cubic time is like asking to prove that an inch doesn’t exist. It’s a form of measurement dumbass. Better educated dumb than natural born I guess.

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  2. BooBooKittyFusk

    lol wow….cubes everywhere! The world is round not cube nor is it divided by limited quadrants. the equator goes around and around haha (infinite) Poles are opposite. and as for baby child parents and grand parents lmao what if i dont want kids or what if my grandmas mom is still alive that would make her great grandma ohhh thats a fifth quadrant…she can still act like a kid too haha so now the theory is all mixed up what are we to do. I have an idea lets cube them! Now theres 4 corners for a baby! and 4 million for the son in law twice removed racist 5 legged 3 eyed sister who didnt come to prom cuz she was allergic to TIME CUBE….my point? there wasnt one other then to significantly make fun of this rediculously bizzare thoery. GENE RAY i Ask you get help and be medicated daily for your schitzo dillusional ideas that come out of your four cornered ass

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  3. Y

    “A swastika is nicely cubic!”

    Funny that you should say that. The swastika is actually an ancient symbol that predates Nazism by some 7000 years, and although it is mostly associated with religions in India (Jainism, Hinduism), it has actually been found by archeologists ALL OVER THE WORLD (you might say, in all four corners of the world :P )

    Gene Ray is actually expressing a very ancient concept, although in a convoluted and confused manner–this is perhaps why, though it is an obviously flawed concept, it has garnered some believers, because it is based in archetypal truth.

    The swastika is 4-fold symmetry + circular symmetry, the same concept Ray is trying to express with his Time Cube theory. Before it was symbol of hate, it was a symbol of the 4 seasons and of rejuvenation. Jung also believed in the importance of ‘squaring the circle’ (SEE: mandala)

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  4. Mike

    I will tell you Gene Ray’s motivation. Money. In that respect he is a genious. I just realized I have spent over an hour watching stupid youtube videos and reading pointless blogs, and who knows how many adds my eyes crossed during that wasted period.

    The guy’s a…well, not a genious. He just made something work.

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  5. El Tejon

    Bingo!
    >Technically if it has four corners, it’s a pyramid.

    My question about Mr Ray is why is he so angry, and why is he particularly angry at educators?

    Oh, that’s two questions. lol

    Ciao

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  6. Shannon

    Let’s say we were looking at a photo. Let’s say the photo was a picture of me, from my left side, in a forest.
    This photo would show you the left side of the picture. Not the right. Therefore you are seeing only 1/6 of the picture. The image doesn’t become whole until you combine it with the right side, the front side, the back side, the top side and the bottom side.

    [ <----- Left side
    ] <—– Right side
    / <—– Back side
    \ <—– Front side
    ^ <—– Top side
    v <—– Bottom side

    ^
    [/\]
    v

    We then can see the full picture.

    On terms of oppisites. If you look at someone, you are looking at them from one side. That is only 1/2 of that person. If that person shows his other side, he is showing his oppisite side, the other 1/2. He is not a full person without both halves. Therefore if oppisites are incorrect then he himself is only 1/2 and wouldn't exist as to be someone you need two halves.

    Same with anything. I don't know what I'm saying, but I'm gonna read through Gene's theory again. In hope of understanding it further.

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    1. Marlena

      Actually, if you took a picture of your left side, and we saw the picture, we would not be only seeing 1/6th of it, we’d still be seeing the whole picture. Because the picture is only of one sixth of what exists doesn’t mean we’re not seeing the whole picture. A picture is two dimensional. I understand what you’re trying to say, but it doesn’t really work. The world is more than two dimensions, but science and physics already have proved that.

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  7. Max

    Dmitry, perhaps we could run your ‘Bible Code Finder’ on the Timecube Website? It may come up with:

    Gene Ray is nuts…

    Or heaven forbid:

    Time Cube is true…

    ;-)

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  8. Jack Pine

    Wow! Who pisses in his Wheaties every morning…and what was he/she/it smokeing, snorting, or shooting before doing it?

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  9. Will

    Mike, I know you probably won’t read this, but you are dead wrong about Gene’s motivation being money. His site doesn’t have a single ad on it, and if you watch some videos of him, you’ll see he is quite insane, rambling, and incoherent, and that he genuinely believes his own nonsense.

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  10. Tony

    Richard Janczarski was an autistic boy who truly believed in Gene Ray. He will be missed by his younger sister and parents. But of course he is now in the afterlife sipping pinacoladas and getting a lapdance. Rest in peace Richard!

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  11. Andrew

    His theory is undisprovable. No matter the reasoning and strength of the argument, Gene will parry the blow by saying that failure to comprehend is due to our “Oneness” and educational indoctrination.
    We can’t disprove there is a God either. Nor can we the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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  12. No

    What does it promise? Evolution. Natural perpetuation into the future. Money from out of your pocket into a burning fire and the copious amounts of food and resource you waste, stopped completely. People like you locked up in some sort of mental facility. Children given full power over adults. I know you’re probably a virgin OP but, you do realize that without the child no mother or father could progress or live. The child essence (the possibility of children), is what brings forth mother and father – it’s the drive to all existence. So why are adults rated above children. Jews, obviously, but that’s not the point. The point is, with timecube, children get first priority – their future comes before the money in your pocket.

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  13. Peter Adderley

    Love the reference to the Kool Aid (cf Ken Kesey). Gene Ray is a bonafide “eff’n'” idiot and hasn’t a clue of what he’s talking about.
    Well, we all know that – don’t we? These people keep popping up all over the place and the breadth of subject matter keeps qrowing.
    Being born in 1950 (the year of the rhombic dodecahedron) I grew up through the hippie generation, and yes, I did inhale. One of my favourite mindgames was in the area of solid geometry and I always had trouble with the concept of the fourth dimension. So let’s clear this up. By simple reductionism, space can be reduced to a minimum of three orthogonal dimensions (ie “spatial dimensions”) The fourth dimension of time is NOT a spatial dimension. Let’s be clear about this.
    However this doesn’t mean that there can’t be alternate breakdowns of space that allow for more than three dimensions. The next simplest is a four axis system which I call 4-axis. This can be described very simply. Take a cube and draw lines through each of four pairs of diagonally opposite vertices. Voila! 4-axis.
    But why would you bother? The answer to that in quite fascinating, but certainly neither magic, mystical, contains no conspiracies (and no polyhedra were harmed in this explanation). It’s just not taught in schools or any other institutions. (AFAIK)

    To take this further you need a tiny bit of familiarisation with a few simple polyhedra (or Platonic solids), and the concept of duality.
    All regular polyhedra have duals – the dual of any shape has a face where a vertex was and a vertex where a face was. An example would be a cube and an octahedron (just octa will do). Take either and imagine truncating every vertex towards the centre and well, see (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_polyhedron) you’ll see that each shape turns into its dual
    Now this is very basic stuff and is not taught in schools more through tradition than conspiracy.

    Idiots like Gene Ray really only serve to confuse any kind of scientific approach to the general person on the street and make me not just a bit bit angry.

    There is much more to understanding this universe than assuming everything is a bloody evil conspiracy.. Reality itself provides quite enough of that. ;-)

    Cheers,
    Peter Adderley
    peter@adderley.net.au (in the Land of OZ.)

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  14. Dave Rockwell

    One of many fascinating examples of numerological obsession – numbers clearly have power, and that’s magic if you need to protect yourself against fear and confusion. In this case he’s brought in geometry, time and various other concepts to make it shiny, and it dazzles those who have lost, or never gained, a connection to rationality and science. The emotional affect undermines it quickly – fear of those who understand what you cannot, and a weak but unyielding hostility towards the common science that built and runs our civilization.

    For another, much higher toned number-worshipping work of art, see the cheesey sci-fi movie “Contact”. The mystery and beauty of real mathematics is far more dazzling than the Time Cube, but all the same we should resist jumping the ship of reason for the Raft of the Medusa that is magical thinking.

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  15. Kurt Forsberg

    I don’t have two or three days to kill, so I haven’t yet read Time Cube in its entirety, but I did notice one mathematical inconsistency that you didn’t point out. Several places throughout the site
    Gene mentions that -1 x -1 = +1 “is academic stupidity and is evil.”

    I have considered a fourth possibility about Gene Ray’s motivation for creating Time Cube. Perhaps Gene — having failed at becoming the world’s greatest philosopher, mathemetician, physicist, or whatever — decided to find something he could excel at. After making an attempt at becoming the world’s greatest marbles player and losing the title to an 8 year old girl, he finally realized his true destiny was to become the world’s greatest internet troll….

    it’s just a theory.

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  16. mike infinity

    A cube really does have four corners when simplified. Take 3 cardboard right triangles and you can create a corner. Take 4 of these corners and you can form a cube. I stopped reading the moment you said a cube has 8 corners.smh Gene is smarter than you.

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    1. Rich

      Alternatively: take a cube (simplified or otherwise). Look at the cube. Count the corners of the cube. Perhaps colour them in as you count. How many corners?

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  17. Ben

    Ray is a crackpot, for sure. But I think I can grasp what he is TRYING to say… although it is still abstract and far from being revolutionary or even helpful. If you devid the earth into four quadrants (longitudinally), each quadrant will experience a sunrise, a mid day, a sunset, and a midnight- Each quadrant experiences 24 hours, thus four days happen in ONE rotation of the earth. This conclusion is obviously flawed by the fact that it uses perceptive time rather than time as a constant and furthermore adds that time together and refers to it as constant. HOWEVER, it does give root to his method of thinking. I would assume he uses this same “logic” to further describe the human mind, body, and existence- Which again, I am not sure what bearing it would have on anything if at all-

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