Archive for 2012

Podcast 472 – “The Timewave & The Watkins Objection”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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 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 430 – “The Danger is Madness”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Directed by Brett Harvey

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.]

“The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.”

“LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”

“Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language.”

“If you’re truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended.”

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Directed by Brett Harvey


The Hasheesh Eater & The Poem of Hashish
By Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Charles Baudelaire

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Podcast 423 – “Is There Hope In All Of This?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna, alchemist

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Everything appears to me to be authored, in some strange way. And I wonder if this is not the spreading assumption of the psychedelic illusion/delusion/revelation that life is in fact art.”

“[This legendary Amazonian substance is] a cybernetic transdimentional medium of some sort that is generated out of the mysteries of the physiology of the human body.”

“You may miss the end of the world, but you definitely are going to have a front row seat for the end of your world.”

“Capitalism is not a human being. Capitalism is a Moloch, a god, a god of bloody sacrifice that sees human beings as ants”

“Capitalism is a gun pointed at the head of global civilization.”

“The only frontier now left to exploit is not a frontier in space but a frontier in time. We steal the future from our children by plunging massively deeper and deeper into debt.”

“We cannot evolve faster than our language. The edge of being is the edge of meaning, and somehow we have to push the edge of meaning. We have to extend it.”

“Although whenever you have intelligent life in the presence of large explosions, a safe bet is that the intelligent life is responsible for the large explosion.”

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Podcast 408 – “What Do You Make Of This?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna - Spring 1999 . . . photo taken by Jim Essex at Terence's home in Hawaii

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Even a billion people is too much. There’s no way back to the simplicity we once knew, but there may be a way forward to the simplicity that we once knew.”

“The human imagination, which is our great glory, has grown so powerful that we can barely unleash it on the surface of the planet.”

“Ideologies are cultural memes. They are the most confining of the cultural memes. That’s where culture gets real ugly. It is when you rub up against its ideologies.”

“What we now have is the freedom which attends decadence, or the decadence which attends freedom.”

“For me it’s an issue of are we afraid of ourselves? And we inherit a huge bunch of idealogical baggage, not only Christianity, but Freudianism, and Marxism . . . We inherit all kinds of idealogical baggage designed to make us fear ourselves.”

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Book mentioned in this podcast

The Movement of the Free Spirit
By Raoul Vaneigem

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Podcast 400 – “Time Travel, Psychedelics, & Physics”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna at home in Hawaii

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can step out of the assumption of a universal history in which we’re trapped, and realizing this is the beginning of a kind of liberation.”

“Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds.”

“When we really understand time travel we may find out it’s as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes.”

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Podcast 391 – “Nothing Lasts”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I have been underwhelmed by the accomplishments of Indian spirituality, personally; overwhelmed by the accomplishments of Amazonian spirituality.”

“I’m also very suspicious of secrets. I mean, if you tell me one it’s finished. I took a pledge long ago to tell all secrets as quickly as possible. . . . Secrets are a way of controlling other people.”

“Post-historical existence would be non-linear. People would live in time the way now live in space.”

“That’s how I think of psychedelics. When I say boundary dissolution, the real boundaries I’m talking about are the boundaries of dimensionality. The way a shaman is able to do what shamans do is by transcending Newtonian space and time.”

“Here’s my model: The mind is like a crystal growing under pressure, and the pressure is the pressure of Newtonian space/time. And so the crystal grows and takes the shape of its confinement. But when you liquefy the crystal matrix with a psychedelic, it has another preferred geometry. And it unfolds into this second geometry. And the second and alternative geometry is more hyper-spacial. Culturally, our minds are confined by cultural pressure and cultural phase-space to reflect cultural concerns. . . . When you take a psychedelic and you dissolve the confinement . . . then it’s like taking [the mind] out of its box, and it can configure itself in a more comfortable geometry, and it’s free.”

“In a sense, chess is like good practice for shamanism, because good chess players see deeply into the future. That’s how you win chess games.”

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Interview with Shonagh Home on Shamanic Freedom Radio

Podcast 360 with Shonagh Home – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”

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Podcast 354 – “Pre-End of the World Special”

Guest speakers: Michael Garfield & Matt Pallamary

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we only go back in time a short way, back to December 12, 2012 when Matt Pallmary and Michael Garfield took a break during their work on the stage production of Matt’s novel, “Land Without Evil”, in Austin, Texas. In this wide ranging discussion between salon favorite, Matt Pallamary, and long time saloner, burner, artist, and musician, Michael Garfield, one of my favorite topics was Michael’s very positive take on the long-term impact of the work of Terence McKenna, regardless of the fact that the Timewave theory had obviously been disproven. Michael is also a regular performer on the festival circuit, and his schedule may be found online at

Michael Garfield.net

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The Psychedelic Salon Magazine

Degenerate Art: The Art And Culture Of Glass Pipes

“Is Ecstasy the Key to Alleviating Autism Anxiety?”

Horizons 2012: CHARLES S. GROB, M.D – “Why Psychedelics Matter”

Videos from the Festival Circuit

Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

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Podcast 347 – “This counts, somehow it matters”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Our best efforts are nothing more than half-completed stories told around the campfire. We don’t actually know what our predicament is. We are up against a phenomenon which we can barely bring into focus in our cognitive sphere, and it’s the phenomenon of our own existence”

“These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.”

“Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy.”

“In other words, all these things you might cling to, Catholicism, democratic ideals, Hasidism, Marxism, Freudianism, all of these things are exposed [through use of psychedelics] as simply quaint cultural artifacts, tainted masks and rattles assembled by people of good intent but clearly not great grasp of the situation.”

“To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything.”

“For me, what all these years of psychedelic taking came to was a new model of how reality works, a new model of what the world is.”

“And what is the primary datum? It’s the felt presence of immediate experience. In other words, being here now is the primary datum.”

“We need a metaphor that can contain the demon of the future that we have conjured into being.”

“Fine tuning the institutions built by powdered wig guys two hundred years ago is a long shot at holding the whole thing together.”

“Now, through the catalytic interaction with technology, the human species is getting set to redefine itself.” [Note: this comment was made a dozen years before the iPhone was released.]

“As I see it, Being, the Cosmos, whatever you want to call it, is a struggle between two implacable forces: Novelty on the one side and habit on the other side.”

“The sensory ratios that are being reinforced by the new electronic technology are like the sensory ratios that were in place fifteen thousand years ago. . . . Print imposes a condition on human mind which is now lifting.”

“History was an incredibly damaging experience, and now it’s over . . . in a sense.”

“What was created by the era of the proper gentleman was excellent table manners and genocide over most of the surface of the planet.”

“To me, the psychedelic experience is the experience of trying to make sense of reality.”

“If psychedelics are, on any level, to be taken seriously as catalyzers or expanders of consciousness, then we need them, because it’s an absence of consciousness that is making this historical transition so excruciating.”

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MAPS Psychedelic Science 2013 Conference


Books Mentioned in this podcast

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
By Katie Hafner

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