We love to make the leap. We know something to be true and we leap to other conclusions. We take the expression from something in physics and chemistry. An atomic electron(ic) transition, that can be called a quantum jump, or quantum leap, is a change of an electron from one quantum state to another within an atom. It appears to be discontinuous because the electron “jumps” from one energy level to another in nanoseconds. Quantum leaps cause the emission (or absorption) of electromagnetic radiation, including that of light, which occurs in the form of quantized units called photons.
It’s a leap itself to move from that spooky science to things like looking at the ancient Maya and believing that their knowledge was passed to them by otherworldly beings who descended from the sky. Leap again and the Maya may have have known from their extraterrestrial visitors what was to come in the future. Or they may have been able to plan that future.
A non-leaping historian would point to their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy to be the same evolution that other ancient civilizations had to arrive at similar knowledge. The Mayans show city engineering despite having no metal tools and the wheel. (Did the extraterrestrials forget to leave those items?) They certainly had, as did other cultures, very good knowledge of celestial events (such as pole shifts) based on observation. They had an overly complex writing system that seems to have been developed partially so that it would only be understood by the rulers and clerics among them.
There was a American television series called Quantum Leap back in 1989-1993. It was only tangentially science-based, but it had a cult following. And, because of my interest in time travel, I had to watch it. In the show, Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) was a physicist from six years in the future who becomes lost in time following a time travel experiment. He leaps uncontrollably into the lives of other people to “put right what once went wrong”.
What I took away from the program was the idea that if we do ever break the bonds of time, it will come not from some time machine but from something done at the quantum level.
As Fox Mulder said in The X Files, “The Truth Is Out There,” and “I Want to Believe” and I do agree that we very much want to believe – in a God, an afterlife, life on other planets, visitors from other solar systems, angels, miracles and many other things.
Mulder also said “Trust No One” and that may be the idea that also has you questioning leaps.
Look at the sarcophagus lid of Palenque’s Maya King Pakal? Is he lying in his grave or is he traveling to the Underworld? Or, is he piloting a spacecraft?
The lid of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal‘s tomb has been interpreted as showing him having an oxygen mask, adjusting controls with his hands and feet, sitting in a craft with flames shooting out from below as he travels to the Milky Way.
That’s a leap.
Certainly, the Mayan civilization dominated Central America for nearly 2000 years. Then, in the 9th century A.D., the cities were abandoned, and the people vanished. What could have happened to this advanced culture? War, a drought, disease, and overpopulation are all theories. To some, so is the theory that they left this planet for another.
The Maya were able to accurately predict shifts in the Earth’s axis every 26,000 years and they based their calendar system on it.
Isn’t it possible that they were humans with a gift for observation and knowledge and that they did it on their own? Other cultures have disappeared in time too, but perhaps they were less extraordinary, so less extraordinary explanations suffice.
Did King Pakal and others make a journey to the Milky Way? Did they leave for us to find clues to help us evolve our civilzation? did they leave a calendar to tell us when the next leap would occur? Will it be 2012?
How far are you willing to leap?