Type of site
|Personal web page and conspiracy blog|
|Created by||Otis Eugene "Gene" Ray|
|Current status||Inactive (since 2016)|
Time Cube was a personal web page, founded in 1997 by the self-proclaimed "wisest man on earth", Otis Eugene "Gene" Ray. It was a self-published outlet for Ray's theory of everything, also called "Time Cube," which polemically claims that all modern sciences are participating in a worldwide conspiracy to teach lies, by omitting his theory's alleged truth that each day actually consists of four days occurring simultaneously. Alongside these statements, Ray described himself as a "godlike being with superior intelligence who has absolute evidence and proof" for his views. Ray asserted repeatedly and variously that "academia" had not taken Time Cube seriously.
Otis Eugene Ray died on March 18, 2015, at age 87. Ray's website domain names expired in August 2015, and Time Cube was last archived by the Wayback Machine on January 12, 2016 (January 10–14).
The Time Cube website had no home page. It consisted of a number of web pages that contained a single vertical centre-aligned column of body text in various sizes and colors, resulting in the main pages being extremely long. Finding any particular passage was almost impossible without manually searching.
A large amount of self-invented jargon is used throughout, similar to verbal logorrhea: some words and phrases are used frequently but never defined, likely terms materially referring to the weakness of widely propagated ideas that he detests throughout the text, that are usually capitalised even when used as adjectives. In one paragraph, he claimed that because his own wisdom "so antiquates known knowledge," a psychiatrist examining his behavior diagnosed him with schizophrenia.
Time Cube concept
Ray's personal model of reality, called "Time Cube," states that all of modern physics and education is wrong, and argues that, among many other things, Greenwich Time is a global conspiracy. He uses various graphs (along with pictures of himself) that purport to show how each day is really four separate days—SUN-UP, MID-DAY, SUN-DOWN, and MID-NIGHT (formerly morning, early afternoon, late afternoon, and evening)—occurring simultaneously.
The following quotation from the website illustrates the recurring theme:
When the Sun shines upon Earth, 2 – major Time points are created on opposite sides of Earth – known as Midday and Midnight. Where the 2 major Time forces join, synergy creates 2 new minor Time points we recognize as Sunup and Sundown. The 4-equidistant time points can be considered as Time Square imprinted upon the circle of Earth. In a single rotation of the Earth sphere, each Time corner point rotates through the other 3-corner Time points, thus creating 16 corners, 96 hours and 4-simultaneous 24-hour Days within a single rotation of Earth – equated to a Higher Order of Life Time Cube.
Although most of the concepts presented remain somewhat consistent throughout the various texts it is unclear what line of reasoning could have led to any of the conclusions that are presented. The underlying theory from which the ideas were sprung are arcane and indecipherable to any rational analysis.
Ray offered $1,000 or $10,000 to anyone who could prove his views wrong. Mike Hartwell of The Maine Campus wrote that any attempt to claim the prize would require convincing Ray that his theory was invalid. The proof would need to be framed in terms of his own model, thus deviating from any form of modern science. "Even if you could pull that off," Hartwell said, "Ray is probably broke."
Ray spoke about Time Cube at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 2002 as part of a student-organized extra-curricular event during the independent activities period. He repeated his $10,000 offer for professors to disprove his notions at the event; none attempted it. John C. Dvorak wrote in PC Magazine that "Metasites that track crackpot sites often say this is the number one nutty site." He also characterized the site's content as "endless blather." Asked by Martin Sargent in 2003 how it felt to be an Internet celebrity, Ray stated that it was not a position he wanted, but something he felt he had to do as "no writer or speaker understands the Time Cube." Ray also spoke about Time Cube at the Georgia Institute of Technology in April 2005, in a speech in which he attacked the instruction offered by academics. In May 2018, a video recording of the GT lecture was made available on the video sharing site YouTube. It is still available as of May 8, 2021.
A 2004 editorial in The Maine Campus student newspaper remarked upon what it called the site's "subtle little racist ideologies" which culminate in Ray describing racial integration as "destroying all of the races."
In 2005, Brett Hanover made Above God (also the name of one of Ray's websites which criticized the idea that God exists), a short documentary film about Ray and Time Cube, which won awards for Best Documentary at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Atlanta Underground Film Festival.
Christopher Bowes has stated he was inspired to write the song "To the End of the World" with the pirate metal band Alestorm after learning of the Timecube. The song makes multiple references to the cube, and a supposed coverup of "the true nature of time", and was included in their 2017 album No Grave But the Sea.
In 2018 video game developers Tripwire Interactive released the "Infinite Onslaught" update for Killing Floor 2, reintroducing the playable character "D.A.R." from the first game. The update also added a number of cosmetic skins, one of which is exclusive to the D.A.R. character and is called "CHONN-E 5 Armor: Time Cube". The skin includes a sleeveless shirt featuring a reference to the 1986 film Short Circuit on the front and a diagram of the Time Cube on the back.
- Hartwell, Mark (September 24, 2004). "Timecube.com: Where reality as we know it is a lie". The Maine Campus. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Dvorak, John C. (December 22, 2003). "Don't Call Them Crackpots". PC Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- Duffy, Kate (September 19, 2002). "Truth Is Cubic?". The Phoenix. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: Swarthmore College. Archived from the original on December 20, 2002. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- "Otis Eugene Ray (1927–2015) – Find A Grave..." www.findagrave.com.
- Robertson, Adi (September 2, 2015). "Time Cube Is Gone". The Verge. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". archive.org. Retrieved June 25, 2016. Cite uses generic title (help)
- https://web.archive.org/web/20080709075217/http://www.timecube.com/, "My wisdom so antiquates known knowledge, that a psychiatrist examining my behavior, eccentric by his academic single corner knowledge, knows no course other than to judge me schizoprenic."
- Unscrewed with Martin Sargent. Season 1. Episode 15. June 18, 2003. TechTV.
Sargent: Gene, how do you feel about being an Internet celebrity? I mean, you're huge on the web. Ray: Well, it's not a position I wanted, it's something I had to do. I'm not a writer or speaker, but no writer or speaker understands the Time Cube.
- "Timecube.com Picture". Archived from the original on August 18, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2014.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
- "IAP 2002 Activity: Time Cube Lecture / Debate". Retrieved April 5, 2007.
- "Oddball Time Cube theorist piques interest, elicits mixed response", by Joshua Cuneo, The Technique. Georgia Institute of Technology. April 22, 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- "Time Cube Lecture at Georgia Tech – April 2005", Badical Industries. Recorded April 2005.
- Above God, Brett Hanover official site. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- "Act One among the big winners at Indie Memphis", by Chris Herrington, October 28, 2005, Memphis Flyer. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- "Memphians Premiere New Film at Nashville Film Festival", Michael Finger, April 18, 2008, Memphis Flyer. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- "Interview: Gloryhammer's Christopher Bowes (Alestorm) on new album "Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex"". Metal Insider. May 27, 2019.
- Official website archived at the Wayback Machine
- Bei Dawei. "'Proving Human Stupidity': Time Cube, Gnosis, and the Challenge of Radical Cosmology" (PDF). Library of Hsuan Chuang University. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 8, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- Gene Ray interviewed on Tech TV
- Knudsen, Fredrik (November 30, 2017). Time Cube | Down the Rabbit Hole – via YouTube.