This is a timeline of significant events in the history of the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU) by Christopher Michael Langan. See CTMU sources for bibliographic information for the sources linked here.
- Christopher Michael Langan is born in San Francisco, California.
- As a child and adolescent living on an Amerindian reservation, Langan repeatedly experiences phenomena initiating his quest for a theory of reality.
- Finding academic life incompatible with his pursuit of a theory of reality, Langan supports his quest for a theory of reality by taking a series of jobs -- primarily blue-collar.
- Langan creates the CTMU -- his theory of reality -- while working as a nightclub bouncer on Long Island.
- Langan takes a high IQ test in hopes that he could attain an exceptional score to substitute for academic credentials normally required of authors of radical theories such as the CTMU.
- Langan's first published paper on the CTMU, "The Resolution of Newcomb's Paradox", appears in the December 1989–January 1990 issue of Noesis, the journal of the Noetic Society, a high-IQ society to which Langan belongs.
- Langan continues to publish and discuss the CTMU in high-IQ journals.
- Esquire magazine publishes a profile of Langan and other members of the high-IQ community. Billing Langan as "the smartest man in America", the article's account of the weight-lifting bouncer and his CTMU "Theory of Everything" sparks a flurry of media interest.
- Langan is featured on 20/20. His IQ is tested by a board-certified neuropsychologist, who reports that "Chris is the highest individual that I have ever measured in 25 years of doing this." Langan is said to be working on "his masterpiece: a mathematical, philosophical manuscript, with a radical view of the universe."
- Langan and Gina LoSasso form the Mega Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to "create and implement programs that aid in the development of extremely gifted individuals and their ideas."
- The Mega Foundation web complex is launched, with online content eventually including Langan's essays "A Very Brief History of Time", "The Theory of Theories", An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reality, "On Absolute Truth and Knowledge", "Introduction to the CTMU", and "Physics and Metaphysics".
- Langan is the subject of the article "Einstein's brain, King Kong's body" in The Times of London.
- Langan is the subject of the article "Mister Universe" in Muscle & Fitness.
- Langan is the subject of the episode "The Smartest Man in the World" (part 1, part 2, part 3) of First Person by Errol Morris.
- Langan is the subject of the article "The Smart Guy" in Newsday.
- Popular Science article about Langan and the CTMU.
- Langan publishes The Art of Knowing, a collection of essays about free will and other philosophical topics, through the Mega Foundation.
- Langan publishes a 56-page paper, "The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: A New Kind of Reality Theory" in PCID, the online journal of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID).
- Langan's paper "Cheating the Millennium: The Mounting Explanatory Debts of Scientific Naturalism", relating the CTMU to existing theories of causality, appears in the anthology Uncommon Dissent.
- Langan moves with his wife to northern Missouri, where he owns and operates a horse ranch.
- Langan is featured in "Meet the Smartest Man in America" on KMOV.
- Langan is featured in "Smartest Man In America Lives In Missouri" on KMBC.
- Langan is a contestant on NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, where he wins $250,000.
- The CTMU Facebook group is formed.
- Langan is profiled in Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success.
- Langan appears in the BBC documentary "Make Me... Smart".
- The community-run CTMU wiki is started.
- SuperScholar interview with Langan.
- Langan is a guest on the radio show Coast to Coast AM.
- Langan is a guest on The People Speak on BBS Radio.