What the Heck Is Terrence Howard Talking About?

What the Heck Is Terrence Howard Talking About?
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What the Heck Is Terrence Howard Talking About?
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Terrence Howard is an actor, and a fairly successful one. He's starred in acclaimed movies like Crash, Prisoners, Ray, and Iron Man. Most recently, he has been a regular on the wildly popular television show Empire, portraying music entertainment mogul Lucious Lyon.

Howard also apparently considers himself a revolutionary deep thinker. On Sunday, on the Emmy Awards red carpet, he explained to KTLA-5 television hosts why he had decided to quit acting after 37 years:

"I’ve made some discoveries in my own personal life with the science that, y’know, Pythagoras was searching for. I was able to open up the flower of life properly and find the real wave conjugations we’ve been looking for for 10,000 years. Why would I continue walking on water for tips when I’ve got an entire generation to teach a whole new world?"

Visibly flummoxed, KTLA’s Sam Rubin pressed Howard, "That’s a big remark. What do you intend to do?"

Howard took that as an invitation to continue his radical philosophizing.

“Well, let me put it this way. All energy in the universe is expressed in motion, all motion is expressed in waves, all waves are curves, so where does the straight lines come from to make the Platonic solids? There are no straight lines. So when I took the flower of life and opened it properly, I found whole new wave conjugations that expose the in-between spaces. It’s the thing that holds us together...On Tuesday, when I receive my star [on the Walk of Fame] I’m going to prove that gravity is only an effect and not a force. I’m putting something on YouTube where I will build the planet Saturn without gravity and build the Milky Way galaxy without gravity.”

If all this triggers your skeptical senses, good, it should. Howard is spouting utter nonsense, apparently formulating a crackpot theory in the mold of early philosophers who were entranced by the platonic solids – polyhedrons constructed by faces identical in shape and size, which meet at equal angles.

Howard's pseudoscience seems further influenced by the New Age notion of sacred geometry, which ascribes meaning and truth to certain shapes. The "flower of life" he referred to is a grid of overlapping circles.

His claim that all energy is expressed in motion is not true. Energy can either be kinetic – associated with motion – or potential – related to position.

Howard has not made good on his vow to upload a video on YouTube explaining how to construct the solar system without gravity.

Celebrities are frequent purveyors of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, perhaps due to their intense, exposed careers, higher levels of narcissism, and lifestyles that can easily become untethered to the experiences of average people.

Howard was previously ridiculed in 2017 after publishing an error-ridden "proof" claiming that 1 x 1 = 2. He appears to be completely serious and convinced of his kooky ideas.

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