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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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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

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[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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Podcast 444 – “The Longest 100 Seconds You Will Ever Know”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Live streaming psymposia conference

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Today’s talk by Terence McKenna takes us on an in-depth description of what he experiences on a DMT trip. While it is a story that we have heard before in various guises, Terence once again manages to tell his DMT stories in a way that makes it seem like you are hearing it for the first time, and with new detail if that can be imagined. Who else, for example, would describe a DMT trip as feeling like you are a baby in a maternity ward’s playpen. And this was new for me, at one point Terence says that when it comes to DMT, “I like to do it outside on a sunny hillside.” His description of a new delivery method that he was developing for smoked DMT sounds almost medieval. Followers of Terence will find his answer about his health quite revealing. And in regards to machine elves, et al, he says it’s all a lie, but a lie which points toward a truth that cannot be told. If you only intend to listen to Terence McKenna talk about DMT one time, then this is the talk for you.

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Podcast 442 – “The Extraterrestrials Are Here!”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“One of the reasons I’m so fond of psychedelics is because they transcend rhetoric.”

“Meditation and all these other things I take to be co-options organized by beastly hoards of priests.”

“One of the most uncool things you can say to another human being is, ‘Could you explain to me what it is I just said?’”

“We are held together by our expressed assumptions.”

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Podcast 441 – “The Technology of Spirituality”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The absolute victory of habit is death itself.”

“Life is apparently a phenomenon in this universe considerably more tenacious than stars.”

“When the democratic crunch hits, democratic values will go down the drain long before they turn off the lights and stop delivering the food.”

“The Net is a tremendous permission for eccentricity.”

“Freakery is the wave of the future.”

“If you’ve never read Moby Dick you certainly should. It’s a crash course in psychedelic metaphysics.”

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