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Podcast 476 – “Origins of the Choice-Maker”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

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Today we pick up on the February 1996 Terence McKenna workshop that we began with Podcast 472. When he gets to his overview of habit and novelty and then moves into a discussion of time, his poetic language provides several interesting mental footholds from which we can expand on some of his thinking about the topic of time. As he says, “We are very naieve about the nature of time,” pointing out that the concept of using an average of measurements taken in a science experiment requires that all moments of time must be the same. “Are they?” he asks. “Is every moment just like the others?” From there he takes us on an interesting journey into the I Ching.

“We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables.” -Terence McKenna

“Time is a series of fluctuating variables.” -Terence McKenna

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Podcast 472 – “The Timewave & The Watkins Objection”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it.”

“In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives mainlining an electronic drug straight into their brains.”

“I would argue that it’s almost better to do heroin than to watch TV. At least when you’re doing heroin you’re responsible for your own reveries and thought processes. When you’re mainlining TV what is it but endless messages to fetishize products?”

“If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.”

“My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness.”

“I think of the mainland as Blade Runner Land.”

“Anything which must be understood by millions of people is so hopelessly divorced from how it is that it becomes a form of fiction.”

“I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky.”

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Hyperborea – Terence McKenna’s Website

Autopsy for a Mathematical Hallucination? by Matthew Watkins Introduction by Terence McKenna

2012 and the “Watkins Objection” to Terence McKenna’s “Timewave Theory” . . . by Matthew Watkins

Terence McKenna’s Reading List

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Podcast 469 – “Philosophy With The Gloves Off”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We don’t produce enough seritonin for living above 20 degrees latitude.”

“I’m not a big advocate of mixing drugs, anyway. If you really want to get out into unknown territory, where there is the potential for danger, then start pouring these things together.”

“It’s a funny thing the way people relate to drugs. Many people take them in environments that couldn’t be better designed to suppress the effect of the drug. For instance, crowded singles bars, noisy social environments with everybody hitting on each other, and loud music, and lots of activity, and maybe lots of vigorous dancing. Well, this is an environment designed to suppress drug effects. . . . To really see what these things do, you need and atmosphere of quite, sensory deprived darkness.”

“My attitude is always if it’s legal it ain’t gonna work.”

“People have trouble saying a lot about many of these things. I think that’s a learned skill; narrative ability and to keep your wits about you in those places, and to try and bring back some kind of coherent metaphor.”

“The strange thing about opium is that it’s so endlessly fascinating while it’s happening, and there’s just nothing to be taken out of it. It apparently does not transcript into short term memories.”

“It’s as important to tell the trip as to have the trip.”

In answer to the question, “How do you regain yourself when having a difficult trip?” Terence answered, “I always have cannabis ready. It’s the rudder of the boat.”

“The key when you’re having a bad trip is to make your mind wander from the bummer.”

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Podcast 463 – “Novelty is to be Cherished”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Typical cabin for attendees at the Palenque Entheobotany Conferences

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“I describe myself as a tall man with a cheap watch.”

“If reality is code, then it can be hacked in some way that we had not suspected before.”

“In a sense, the Italian Renaissance IS the medieval lead turned to the secular gold of reform and rebirth.”

“You aren’t an object. You’re a process of some sort.”

“What foods are, essentially, are idea-neutral drugs.”
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Podcast 461 – “Shake the mud off your shoes, monkey”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y.Evan Wentz

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“In hyperspace nothing is hidden.”

“Culture is a narrowing.”

“We’re about to have the chance to create a global culture, to essentially clean our basement and decide what we’re going to save and what we’re going to keep.”

“It’s the monotheistic religions that have to take a knock for the present situation.”

“The thing that I go back to over and over again, and that makes psychedelics different, and that makes what I’m doing different, is you are not asked to believe anything.”

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The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries: The Classic Study of Leprechauns, Pixies, and Other Fairy Spirits
By W.Y. Evans Wentz

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Podcast 460 – “Our planetary birth process”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

TWO BOOKS: The Museum Dose and Trip
[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Language is the software without which we wouldn’t be people.”

“Culture is a strategy for intensifying the dimensionality of an animal species.”

“Somehow, the psychedelic experience is related to this bootstrapping process of climbing, organizationally, from one dimension to another, deeper and deeper into complexity. It’s almost as though the psychedelic experience is a viewing of the process from the highest dimension in the plane.”

“What you experience in the psychedelic experience is eternity, all of time.”

“A shaman is someone who has seen the end.”

“Ideas are the signposts of our destiny.”

“It’s an absurd question to ask the question, ‘What will the world be like in 500 years?’ What the world will be like in 500 years is unimaginable.”

“Language is an informational creature of some sort.”

“[Quantum physics] is our truth [about reality]. How crazy are you if your truth is something you can’t even understand? And that’s the situation that we are in.”

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Trip
by Kelly Matten & Walker Farrell

The Museum Dose: 12 Experiments in Pharmacologically Mediated Aesthetics
by Daniel Tumbleweed

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Podcast 459 – “Apes shouting at the monolith”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The most politically potent thing you can do for somebody is to educate them, to give them the facts. The facts are now so horrifying, and the means of delivering the facts so effective that there is no excuse for everyone not beginning to act in an informed manner.”

“How can we go to the place where ideas come from?”

“We are to life what life is to the inorganic realm.”

“I think psychedelics are catalysts to thought, to imagination, to understanding.”

“Our style of society is the historical equivalent of a temper tantrum. It has no viability. It’s completely self-limiting. It’s destructive. And it hands nothing on to its receivers.”

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Podcast 450 – “The Primacy of Direct Experience”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“These psychedelics, which in the Sixties and Fifties were simply called consciousness expanding drugs, a good old phenomenological description, if there is an iota of possibility that they expand consciousness then we must put out attention on this area. Because it is the absence of consciousness that is making our situation so very uncomfortable.”

“Where spiritual advancement is discussed, I want psychedelics to be discussed. Where transformative social visions are put forth, I want psychedelics to be part of the agenda.”

“The historical enterprise is an effort to turn the human body inside out so that the soul becomes visible, and the body becomes a process that you can command in the imagination.”

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Podcast 449 – “McKenna’s Speculations About 2012”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Lorenzo and Bruce Damer at Esalen June 2012

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In this continuation of a Terence McKenna workshop from June 1994, he does brief riffs about Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” and Orwell’s “1984”. He then continues with some speculations about what he thought 2012 would bring. Step 1, he speculated, would be that everyone in the world would go outdoors and get naked. And from there he takes off on a wild flight of mind that you have to hear for yourself to truly appreciate his relationship (at that time) to a potential 2012 event. Ultimately he reaches a point where he speculates about why it was (and still is) necessary for a species like us humans to evolve.

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Podcast 446 – “Closing In On Concrescence”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Pharmacotheon by Jonathan Ott

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“If I didn’t have cannabis I wouldn’t take a psychedelic drug. It is indispensable.”
Terence McKenna

In this talk, Terence McKenna tells some stories about how Gordon Wasson was first led to investigating the mushrooms of Mexico, and of possible use of magic mushrooms by the Sufi’s. We also get to hear one of the rare instances where the bard McKenna gives us his opinion about 5MEO-DMT, as contrasted with his primary psychedelic substance of interest, NN-DMT. Going on, he speaks about drugs grown out of cultured amphibian skin, and about ways to enhance certain psychedelics. At one point Terence takes off on what can only be called an anti-Myan rant, something I haven’t heard him say before. This talk also contains the most detailed and specific accounting of what he thinks would happen on December 21, 2012 that I have ever heard Terence McKenna give.

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