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Podcast 429 – “Leprechauns, Elves, or Dead Souls?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Dak Ring (circa 1999)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“History is anomalous, and there is no way to get used to it.”

“The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been.”

“Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly than the stage which preceded it.”

“A singularity is a place where the rules are broken. A miracle is a singularity.”

“That’s part of the nature of a fractal cosmos, nothing is utterly unannounced.”

“History is a series of approximations of the final singularity.”

“I believe in extraterrestrials, but I believe that real extraterrestrials are so peculiar that the job is to recognize them.”

“So when you look at the eschaton what you see, strangely enough, is your own face.”

“The things I encounter that I call elves or gnomes, it’s just a gloss. I mean, they’re small, and they have the archetype. They’re more like leprechauns, and this maybe raises a racial issue.”

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The Best Psychedelic Videos of 2014

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

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna, alchemist

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[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 418 – “Death By Astonishment”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Books mentioned in this podcast

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Every drug problem can usually be traced to a previous drug problem.”

“I think drugs are much safer than gurus.”

“I’ve never been absolutely certain that psychedelics have anything whatsoever to do with the spiritual quest.”

“Academic culture runs very heavily on alcohol.”

“It’s hard to live a life where you don’t eventually get your mind altered.”

“Anything which changes your mind can be abused as a drug.”
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Podcast 409 – The Shulgin Memorial

Guest speaker: Friends of Ann & Sasha Shulgin

Images from the Shulgin Memorial

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On August 2, 2014, a memorial was held for Sasha Shulgin. In addition to several of the talks that were presented that afternoon, Bruce Damer captured a few sound bites from those in attendance. At the end of the podcast you will also hear a short segment from one of the famous “Ask the Shulgins” conversations.

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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

Tihkal: The Continuation

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

The Shulgin Memorial (video)

Shulgin on Alchemy, Basel, 2006

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Webcast of the Shulgin Memorial Service

A memorial service to honor Dr. Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin (1925-2014) will be held in Berkeley on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

The webcast will begin shortly before 2pm Pacific time.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sasha-shulgin-memorial

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Podcast 403 – “Sasha Shulgin: In His Own Words”

Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin

Sasha Shulgin

PROGRAM NOTES:

On June 2, 2014 Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin passed on to his next adventure. Although this podcast is a tribute to his life and work, I have decided to let it be told mainly in his own words. First you will hear the audio portion of a video tribute to Ann and Sasha Shulgin. Following that is a short interview of Sasha that was conducted by Terence McKenna. In closing I play the famous talk that Sasha gave at the 1983 Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference.

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A Tribute to the Shulgins

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Podcast 396 – “A Freely Evolving Topology of Light & Sound”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“It is not that culture is evolving. The evolution of culture is an epiphenomena attendant upon the evolution of language. Language is the part of man that is evolving. Culture carries along.”

“I think people have a greater sensitivity to the mysteries of human interaction simply because so much LSD was taken in the Sixties.”

“The world is not nearly as chaotic and random as we suppose. We are actually trapped inside a giant organism. And it is not Gaia. That’s a much larger organism. We are trapped inside a large organism which is the human collectivity, and that’s why we are such different monkeys.”

“But really the psychedelic experience is like an intimation of immortality. And at varying distances in time from the point you occupy it shows you ever more vague intimations of the future, but they are there nevertheless.”

“What the psychedelics really do, I think, is release us from cultural machinery.”

“There is a potential for immortality, but it isn’t assured. It is something which comes to the courageous.”

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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 390 – “Monogamy, Marriage, and Neurosis”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna . . . Photo credit: Steve Marshank

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“This nuclear family thing is, I think, part of the root of our problem, that it is an engine for the production of neurotic, dysfunctional people.”

“If guys really got as much sex as they think they want they would probably hand over the machinery of civilization without a fight.”

“I’m interested in the moral consequences of taking psychedelics.”

“Everything that is, is an anticipation of what will be.”

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Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 384 – “Sex, Aging, and Psychedelics”

Guest speaker: Annie Oak

Annie Oak and Alicia Danforth at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

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Today we feature a Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This ground breaking founder of the Woman’s Visionary Congress continues to push the envelope of psychedelic discussion into two of the most important issues of all to humans, sexuality and aging. Additionally, Annie issues several challenges to us all as we continue to expand our own consciousnesses.

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Woman’s Visionary Congress

Consciousness, Healing, and Social Justice


The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

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