This term was invented by Kurt Vonnegut in his book The Sirens of Titan (see pages 8–9). The word Infundibulum means “a funnel shaped cavity”. Kurt Vonnegut describes Chrono-synclastic Infundibulum as “those places … where all the different kinds of truths fit together”. Its a region (in space, time, and possibly other dimensions) where all opinions are true. That is, there is no contradiction; it’s a region whose mathematical abstraction for logic would be univariate; a place where the concept of “false” does not and cannot exist.
The explanation is less than helpful, I’m sure. But the whole sense of ambiguity, vagueness and yet a sense of cognizance of what the phrase means kinda drew me to it. And in some sense, this blog is about trying to bring different kinds of truth together and make them fit. There are no two people in this universe who think alike (If there did exist two such people, then one of them would be useless), and so are the truths. There are no two perspectives to this world that are consistent with each other, and agree. Yet, we all get along well enough to keep time rolling ahead. This blog is a dedication to that miracle.
I attempt to talk about pretty much anything and everything that I fancy. And my effort is to bring all the views on what I intend to talk about together at a single place for examination and critique.
Computer scientist. Born in India. Currently, a postdoctoral associate at MIT, Cambridge, USA.
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