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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 464 – “Temple of Light”

Guest speaker: Bruce Damer
Photos from Bruce Damer's talk at the May 2015 Lightening in a Bottle Festival

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Today’s podcast features a talk given by Dr. Bruce Damer in May 2015 at the Lightening in a Bottle Festival. Building on a theme introduced by Lorenzo in a talk at Esalen, Bruce takes an in-depth look at the importance and essence of the Mysteries at Eleusis. In his concluding remarks, Lorenzo discusses the drawbacks of organized religion and suggests that minor children NOT be given religious instruction.
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Lightning in a Bottle Festival


The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries By R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck
The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries
By R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck

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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

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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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Psychedelic Salon Magazine

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 439 – “A Resolute Optimist of a Complicated Sort”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Now all that stands between us and some kind of angelic completion of some sort is the dark side of ourselves and the unpaid bills of the historical process.”

“I am a resolute optimist of a very complicated sort.”

“If you have the psychedelic experience in your inventory of experiences, you are able to make a different model of reality than if you lack it.”

“I don’t think that what the shaman is doing is something metaphorical, or analogical, or allegorical. What the shaman is doing is something real that is couched in a language that we find difficult to understand.”

“Consciousness seeks the shape of its vessel. It’s like water.”

“At the center of the archaic impulse is the shaman. At the center of the shaman’s understanding of the world is the boundary-dissolving experience of psychedelics.”

“I don’t believe me. I hated theology. And I think the way to keep it light is to not believe. I will attempt to convert you in the course of these meetings to all kinds of things that I don’t believe.”

“Ideology is poisonous. We’re not trying to figure out the best thing to believe. What we’re trying to do is not believe anything and somehow have a return to the direct empowering of common sense and common senses.”

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The Genesis Generation: A psychedelic novel by Lorenzo

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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 409 – The Shulgin Memorial

Guest speaker: Friends of Ann & Sasha Shulgin

Images from the Shulgin Memorial

PROGRAM NOTES:

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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Podcast 404 – “A Survey of Shamanic Options”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna . . . photo source: Dennis McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

During the 1980’s, before the birth of the Web, Terence McKenna’s workshops were just about the only source of information about psychedelics that reached the streets. While there was some information about psychoactive plants available in professional journals and university libraries, it took Terence to pull out this information and repackage it for the rest of us. In this June 1989 workshop, he does what he did best back then, give us a detailed inventory, continent by continent, of the psychoactive plants native to each area, along with a brief history of how humans interacted with them in the distant past.

[The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can’t sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten.”

“In a way, this is a definition of shamanism. A shaman is a person who by some means has gotten out of their own culture.”

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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 398 – “Where Does Reality Begin & End”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Occam’s Razor is fine in the formation of physical theory, but it doesn’t take us far in understanding human motivation.”

“What the psychedelics seem to me to argue for is that reality is not reality. There may be no reality, but certainly this is not it. This is some kind of highly provisional, culturally sanctioned, hallucination that we are all participating in.”

“Reality, whatever it is, is temporary and yields to non-existence.”

“Thought can’t go where the roads of language have not been built.”

“Culture is a kind of environment that we have learned how to interpose between ourselves and whatever is really out there.”

“I just don’t think that a monkey species had the wherewithal to evade the mechanisms of control and constraint that guide and direct everything on the planet. There is a purpose to history.”

“What is to be done? You can’t begin to answer that question until you have some notion of what reality is.”

“But all it takes [when two people are sitting together in silence] is somebody breaking that silence and stating the contents of their mind for the assumption of our shared reality to completely collapse upon us.”

“I think great relationships are built in silence, because then nobody ever finds out what’s really going on.”

“Reality is a naive concept and should probably be abandoned as quickly as possible.”

“What we call reality is, in fact, nothing more than a culturally-sanctioned and linguistically reinforced hallucination of some sort.”

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Podcast 377 – “An Ecology of Souls”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“In the matter of deeper things, deductive reasoning rests only on the appeal that hope can lend to its case.”

“In the felt domain of experience called ‘living’, intuition is how most of us, even the most self-defined as non-intuitional, are operating.”

“[Nature] seeks to maximize cooperation, connectedness, mutual interdependability is the thing which holds the whole thing together. And the species that is most successful is not the species that can dominate all others, it’s the species that can make itself indispensable to all others.”

“Culture, as it is in a sense, the software of the infrastructure of the global civilization, which is the hardware.”

“Culture can be redefined as software and radically re-written so that it runs much more smoothly.”

“I did not say that we were software or hardware. We are neither. We are the user, and this is the important thing to remember. We are not scripting ourselves into some kind of machine future. We are designing the future that we want to have rather than allowing the blunders of our grandparents to dictate the kind of future we will have.”

“To offer instead a potential calendar in celebration of flux, change, growth, and feminism, which are the values that are going to have to be maximized if we are going to open a dialogue with our souls and [the] soul of the planet and save ourselves from the lethal momentum that so many hundreds of years of dominator culture have imparted to the machinery of our civilization. We must awaken.”

“The path out of the Dark Wood in which we find ourselves is cognition, thought, getting smart fast. We have to dance, sing, calculate, and drum our way out of the circumstances into which we have fallen.”

“To the degree that we can celebrate the irrational, the feminine, the unconscious, the transpersonal, and even the psychedelic, to the degree that we can celebrate these things we are giving permission for the order that is in nature to manifest. The plan wants to come to be. We have to get out of the way.”

“Life is some kind of opportunity. It’s an opening between unbridgeable chasms of the unknown. And yet, out of chaos, for twenty, forty, seventy years we come into a domain of immense opportunity. It is a conundrum. It is a puzzle. It is something to be figured out.”

“The path with heart is the path which astonishes.”

“All of our technology is an excretion of the imagination. All of our technology is the condensation of ideological intention.”

“My own private opinion about this is, I think that what psychedelics in these high-dose, correct set/setting situations carry us into is an ecology of souls. . . . Those ‘things’ in that place are our ancestors.”

“Do we know what we behold? We need to know what we behold because inevitably we become what we behold.”

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