Welcome to the CTMU wiki!
The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe or CTMU (pronounced "cat-mew") is a philosophical theory of the relationship between mind and reality. Its author, Christopher Michael Langan, has been billed as "the smartest man in America", with an IQ reported by 20/20 and other media sources to have been measured at around 195. Langan created the CTMU in the mid-1980s while working as a bar bouncer on Long Island. Among his claims for the theory are that it constitutes absolute truth, provides the logical framework of a Theory of Everything, and proves the existence of God.
This site is dedicated to explaining the CTMU, analyzing arguments for and against it, and exploring its implications. It is an open wiki, which means anyone can edit it, including you! Accordingly, those who are willing and able are highly encouraged to contribute relevant content. Proponents, skeptics, and the just plain curious are equally welcome. Please keep your input civil and constructive.
Disclaimer: This site is not affiliated with Chris Langan, and some content may not represent his views.
If you're new to the CTMU, try our beginner's introduction and check out the frequently asked questions. There is also a list of CTMU sources, including links to media coverage and Langan's own writings.
- 30 November 2019 - The very first book-length analysis of the CTMU (not by Langan) is published, God versus Language: Contrasting Metaphysical Methods of Wittgenstein's Tractatus and Langan's CTMU, is published.
- 24 March 2019 - Patterson in Pursuit: Ep. 95 – The Highest IQ in America | Christopher Langan (podcast, 24 March 2019)
- 28 October 2018 - Chris Langan on The Drew Marshall Show (radio interview, 20 October 2018)
- 26 August 2018 - Chris Langan has published a new paper, "The Metaformal System: Completing the Theory of Language", in the journal Cosmos and History.
- 1 June 2018 - Spike Jonze & Christopher Langan at Multiplex Conversations, with the support of IKEA and Tom Dixon. MING Studios, New York.