Archive for John Allen

Podcast 349 – “A Higher Dimensional Sectioning of Reality”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Just because you have a nut theory it doesn’t mean that you agree with other nut theories. In fact, it often makes you very hostile to them. After all, there’s a limited pool there that we’re all after.”

“Because I believe psychedelics are a kind of higher dimensional sectioning of reality, I think they give the kind of stereoscopic vision necessary to hold the entire hologram of what’s happening in your mind. The old paradigm is gone.”

“Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works.”

“I think psychedelics are sort of like doing calisthenics in preparation for the marathon at the end of time.”

“[Psychedelic experiences are] beyond the reach of cultural manipulation, and discovering this and exploring it is somehow the frontier of maturity. Culture is a form of enforced infantilism. It’s the last nursery, and most people never leave it.”

“It doesn’t matter what your cultural conditioning is, it falls into question under the influence of the psychedelic. And for most people that’s frightening.”

“We are the damaged heirs of a damaged cultural style which has been practiced now for about seven thousand years.”

“There is an intelligence in the species that is deeper than the societies and the systems that we erect to rule us, and this wisdom of the species can make enormous changes in the evolution of the mass psyche, such as the Renaissance for example.”

“Impressionism [in painting] is simply twenty minutes into LSD.”

“Belief is a form of infantilism. There is no ground for believing anything.”

“I believe that great weirdness stalks the universe. That’s not the issue with me, but it is not tacky. It is not tacky.”


PCs – Right click, select option
Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option

Comments (10)

Podcast 340 – “Visions and Biospheres”

Guest speaker: John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder


This podcast features another of the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. The speakers are John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder, both of whom have been involved in many large-scale Earth Science projects, including Biosphere 2. In his presentation, John makes a strong plea for all of us to gain a better understanding of not just our own local ecosystems, but of the Earth’s entire biosphere as well. It is a fascinating talk and is followed by an interesting Q&A session.


PCs – Right click, select option
Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option

Me and the Biospheres: A Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2
By John Allen

The publishing home of John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder

Upcoming Events

Books from the Synergetic Press

Comments (2)