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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 473 – “Outcasts and Future People”

Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“We deliberately keep kids dumb by treating them like kids.”

“We all know that if voting would change anything it would be illegal.”

“The future belongs to those who can see the future.”

“The smarter you are, the higher you want to be.”

“The key to the Sixties, as we see it now, was a period of self-discovery, of self-indulgence, and the refusal to accept the adult hive’s over-specialized models.”

“Show me a taboo, and I’m interested in it.”

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Podcast 456 – “Engineering Enlightenment”

Guest speaker: Mikey Siegel

Mikey Siegel delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

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“Technology is a manifestation of mind.”
Mikey Siegel, Consciousness Hacker

Have you ever given any thought to the proposition that perhaps human well-being, or enlightenment, may be approached through engineering? In today’s podcast, which is the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Mikey Siegel, you are going to learn not only about the possibilities of such a thing as engineering enlightenment, you are also going to learn about the rapid advances that have been made in this field during the past five years. Mikey Siegel is one of the pioneers of what has come to be known as “consciousness hacking”, which is a hands-on-approach to making new tools for self-exploration.

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Enlightenment engineering–tech as catalyst for inner & outer peace:
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BioFluent Technologies: tools for integrating body, mind and spirit

Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to change the way we think, feel, and live.

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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 441 – “The Technology of Spirituality”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[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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Podcast 431 – “That Voice In Your Head”

Guest speakers: Tom Barbalet & Heron Stone

Dr. Bruce Damer's Down Under Levity Tour 2015

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Today’s podcast features a conversation between fellow podcasters Tom Barbalet and Heron Stone. Their discussion centers on what we have all come to think of as that voice in our head. As you will hear, it may not be anything like what you think it is. As Heron Stone says, “The idea for me is really very simple, break the identification with the voice in your head. It’s not who you are. It’s just your language machine. And you’ll be in a much better position to evaluate your experience and formulate new actions if you language machine isn’t filling your head with a bunch of stupid, really bad ideas.”

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Podcast 426 – “Alien Footprints”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Once you encounter [the psychedelic experience] you see that this is an aspect or an activity as informing of what it means to be human as something as inimical to our nature as sexuality.”

“What we lack is the will to change our minds.”

“WE are the anomalous factor in the natural world.”

“I think part of what being psychedelic is about, the real shock of psychedelics comes from the realization of the relativity of cultural positions.”

“Dissolution of boundary is somehow the precondition for understanding reality.”

“The truth about reality is that nowhere is it writ large that monkeys should be able to elicit the final understanding of it.”

“No theory of consciousness is going to be worth anything that doesn’t come to terms with the perturbation of consciousness by drugs.”

“This is how I think of mind, that put through the crucible of the psychedelic experience, and I use this kind of alchemical terminology deliberately, put through the crucible of the psychedelic experience the mind becomes fluid and then is recast in a higher dimensional manifold.”

“Culture is about to go hyperdimensional. That’s what’s creating the crisis at the end of history.”

“If consciousness doesn’t loom large in the human future then it is not a human future.”

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Podcast 424 – “The Magic of Language”

Guest speakers: Shonagh Home & Diana Reed Slattery

The Maze Game by Diana Reed Slattery

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Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Diana Reed Slattery who is a practicing xenolinguist and psychonaut. She has been investigating linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere for over 15 years. Her website, Psychedelics & Language, details this research. Her science fiction novel, The Maze Game, tells the story of one such language, Glide. Her latest book, Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness comes out in January, 2015, from North Atlantic Press.

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‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’
Love and Spirit Medicine,’
and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com
Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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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 422 – “Visualizing the Psychedelic Experience Using Computer Graphics”

Guest speaker: Niles Heckman

Niles Heckman delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Niles Heckman.]

“The visual component of the psychedelic experience is for the most part the final frontier for what computer graphics still have yet to replicate faithfully.”

“Art isn’t really important unless it helps you grow in creating it, or it helps others grow through its consumption.”

“Computer graphics are, and will continue to be, the tool used to visualize what is essentially unlanguageable.”

“It’s really fascinating that indigenous people have essentially been uploading themselves to much more advanced organic realms for potentially thousands of years, if not more, seeing imagery that’s much more complex than what you can see in a Hollywood summer blockbuster today.”

“Psychedelic experiences, whether real or future replicated, if done responsibly, aren’t negative escapism but could be a true awakening process for more people, because we are not human beings that can have spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.”

“Ambitions are competitive, aspirations are not. Aspirations take nothing from anyone else and injure no one else and allow you as a sovereign individual to grow, because that’s why we’re all here.”

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