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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.

1950s

c. 1952

  • Christopher Michael Langan is born in San Francisco, California.

1960s

  • As a child and adolescent living on an Amerindian reservation, Langan repeatedly experiences phenomena initiating his quest for a theory of reality.[1]

1970s

  • 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.

1980s

mid-1980s

  • 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.

1990s

1990

  • 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.

1990s

  • Langan continues to publish and discuss the CTMU in high-IQ journals.

1999

  • 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."

2000s

2000

  • Langan is the subject of the article "Einstein's brain, King Kong's body" in The Times of London.

2001

2002

  • Langan publishes The Art of Knowing, a collection of essays about free will and other philosophical topics, through the Mega Foundation.

2004

  • Langan moves with his wife to northern Missouri, where he owns and operates a horse ranch.

2006

2007

2008

  • Langan is a contestant on NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, where he wins $250,000.

2009

2010s

2010

2012

2014

See also

  • Disclosed during Zoom CTMU conference 10/27/2018