Archive for Eschaton

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

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Podcast 463 – “Novelty is to be Cherished”

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

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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 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

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

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Dak Ring (circa 1999)

PROGRAM NOTES:

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

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna at home in Hawaii

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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 357 – “Fungi Questions”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path.”

The psychedelic universe, whatever it is, is the major datum of experience. It’s larger than this planet. Nobody knows how large it is. The further in you go the bigger it gets. We don’t know what to make of something like that. It’s the reverse of our expectations.”

Psychedelic telepathy is you ‘see’ what I mean.”

The testimony of DMT, for me, is that there is a nearby dimension, teeming with intelligences, that from one of the more conservative perspectives seems like an ecology of souls.”

Look at the reputation they gave him. [Giordano] Bruno without the pyre is a whiskey priest laying waste to the maids of Umbria.”

The fungi became, or is for some mysterious reason still to be
discovered, a pipeline into a mind, an entelechy, which we can only image as feminine and can only associate somehow to the environment, to the ecosystem. This is the Gaian mind. This is what the goddess really is. The goddess is a network of connective intelligence that is operating on this planet.”

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