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Podcast 322 – “The Evolution of Intelligence”


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Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“In my function as a [college] lecturer, it’s my obligation, it’s my task, it’s my duty to instigate irreverence for authority, questioning of authority.”

“And that’s one of the things that is kind of amazing today, the junk information that we’re being inundated with, the cloud, the atmosphere, the smog of disinformation.”

“Reagan is a certifiable lunatic”

“The first narcotics bust in history is Jehovah busting Adam and Eve for eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”

“We’re getting to one of those moments, one of those great moments in history, when evolution is going to happen.”

“At all costs avoid terminal adulthood.”

“You are as old as the last time you reprogrammed your brain or changed your mind.”

“You’re as old as the people you hang out with.”

“There is no reason why any human being should work. Robots work, humans perform.”

“The sensible thing to do about drugs is this, get yourself a really good dealer.”

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Myron Stolaroff’s Lone Pine Stories


The Discovery of Love: A Psychedelic Experience with LSD-25

by Malden Grange Bishop (Dodd, Mead & Company: New York, 1963)
Reviewed by Lorenzo Hagerty


Mavericks of the Mind – Elizabeth Gips (read online)

Thought Provoking Interviews on Consciousness by David Jay Brown

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Podcast 277 – “Peter Gorman Interviews Dennis McKenna” Part 2


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Guest speakers: Dennis McKenna and Peter Gorman


ROBERT VENOSA
January 21, 1936 – August 9, 2011

Dear Friends and Community,

A great soul has completed his earthly journey and graduated to the next level.

The great Venosa left his body on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM.

His transition was graceful and accomplished in the same composed and calm manner that he exuded throughout his life.

I feel honored to have been able to accompany him to the gate, having walked 30 beautiful years together in this life.

Robert had a long and brave healing journey with cancer and showed incredible strength on this path as well as tremendous courage in facing this great dragon.

He believed in the natural healing ability of the human body and proved the doctors wrong time and again, who only gave him a few month’s to live upon his diagnosis over eight years ago.

He was a powerful human being. Together he and I, held the piece of his physical struggle safely tucked away from the eyes of the world like a precious pearl.

It is with great sadness that I’m sharing this news today but also with
deep gratitude, for his magical and special life; fully lived.

Even in death he gave those surrounding him a powerful initiation into the scared mysteries of the unknown.

We will carry him in our hearts forever, remembering the light he shone on so many. He so appreciated the light that others shone upon him.

In loving memory of my great love, compañero, best friend and artistic accomplice.

Martina Hoffmann and family


PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Dennis McKenna.]

“I think that ayahuasca is actually much more controllable than mushrooms. . . . I think that it is quite an amazing tool for self-understanding and for exploration. I think that it’s good for you, actually physically and psychologically good for you.”

“It’s no different than it ever was. When the Jesuits and the missionaries came to meso-America the first things to go, the first things to be stamped out was the knowledge of the sacred plants and the practice of using the sacred plants.”

“I think that Christianity linked with Calvinism has a hard time dealing with what you might call facts of biology, which in another phrase is sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. In some ways, life is about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. Biology is about those things.”

“All experience is a drug experience. Whether it’s mediated by our own [endogenous] drugs, or whether it’s mediated by substances that we ingest that are found in plants, cognition, consciousness, the working of the brain, it’s all a chemically mediated process. Life itself is a drug experience.”

“He [Terence McKenna] will never let a fact get in the way of making a provocative statement. He’s a good story teller, but I think it’s important to remember that they are stories, and that he often makes mistakes in his lectures.”

“In that position, a guy who can pack the houses every time, I feel has a larger responsibility to the psychedelic community to refrain from making these completely off-the-wall comments, and to actually tell it like it is, not how he imagines it to be.”

“I’m sure that Terence views it as theater. I can’t believe that he takes what he says seriously. I mean, I can tell you that he doesn’t. Much of what he says he says it because it’s going to get a rise out of somebody. He’s always been that way.”

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Podcast 276 – “Peter Gorman Interviews Dennis McKenna” Part 1


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Guest speakers: Peter Gorman and Dennis McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Dennis McKenna.]

“The idea that you could use these to actually explore other dimensions, real worlds that were outside the cognizance of our ordinary world, is really what I think fascinated me about psychedelics.”

“More than anything else, it [DMT] seemed to be not an experience, not a drug, but a place, an actual other dimension that you were plunged into.”

“In order to understand its limitations, I almost had to become the ‘enemy’. I had to become a scientist in order to understand the limitations of science.”

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Podcast 272 – “On the Genetic Runway”


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Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“I like the Pope. I think he’s the finest mind of the 12th century.”

“It really is an awesome epidemic of deliberate stupidity that is laid upon us by the media, by the press, by the magazines and so forth. They simply do not raise any of the issues that will challenge our interest or intelligence.”

“There’s simply no question that anyone who knows anything about how to use brain-activating drugs and is operating with a clear mind, with no desire to screw other people’s minds up, whose willing to put in time and patience, and sensitivity, can help anyone wash their brain. There’s no longer any excuse for having a mind that you don’t like, or having a brain program that you’re dissatisfied with.”

“I’ve always hated the Second Law of Thermodynamics.”

“It always comes down to individual choices of what chemicals you’re going to use to stimulate your evolution.”

“You use a drug intelligently when you know what effect it’s going to have on you, and you use it at the time and the place that it’s going to add to your growth, or your fun, or your overall program of life management and directorship. And you’re not going to use a drug that in any way will fuck up, or slow down, or throw obstacles in your overall path.”

“Computers are to the Eighties what acid was to the Sixties.”

“One thing that drugs give you: Personal options to change your own mind, a way of rewarding yourself, of teaching yourself, of activating yourself, of changing yourself. And one thing that the power-holders do not want you to do as an individual is to change your own mind and learn how to reward yourself.”

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Podcast 268 – “Leary vs. Liddy – 1990 Debate”


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Guest speakers: Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy

This program is another selection from the Timothy Leary archive. It features an October 23, 1990 debate at Penn State University between Dr. Leary and his arch-enemy, the scandalous G. Gordon Liddy. One of my favorite segments in this debate, which wasn’t all that polite at times, is when Leary pointed out the fact that he had spent more time in the U.S. Military service than Liddy had, but that Liddy had spent more time in prison than Leary had.

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“My advice to you is: 1) don’t rely on politicians to solve you problems; 2) work to the fullest of your power to decentralize and to take power away from the central government in Washington, bring it back to the villages, to the cities, to the neighborhoods.”

“It politics, scum rises to the top. Let me say it again, in politics mediocrity rises to the top.”

“As far as this election is concerned, I urge you, don’t vote for either a Democrat or a Republican. It just encourages the bastards.”

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Podcast 267 – “Exploring the Abyss”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Please Support Dennis McKenna’s Kickstarter Project: The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss!


PROGRAM NOTES:

This lecture was recorded in November 1982. A more complete version of this talk may be found in Podcast 317.]

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“My assumption whenever I am confronted with opposites is to try to unify them, to create a coincidentia oppositorum as was done in alchemy, to not force the system to closure but to try and leave the system open enough so that the differences can resonate and become complimentary rather than antithetical.”

“Shamanism, on the other hand [as compared with science], is this world wide, since Paleolithic times, tradition which says that you must make your own experience the centerpiece of any model of the world that you build. No amount of readings from meters, whether they’re metering cyclotrons or any other kind of instrument, are going to satisfy you.”

“What psilocybin focuses as a problem that these other hallucinogens do not is that it allows a dialogue with the other that is full of give and take. In other words there are entities in the hallucinogenic world that psilocybin, and DMT, and a few other not well-known or widely distributed plants, hallucinogens, induce.”

“Our alienation from ourselves has caused us to set up a number of straw men that are keeping us from building actually a mature model of how the universe really works. The content of the dialogue with the Other is a content that indicates that man’s horizons are infinitely bright.”

“Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything.”

“[UFOs are], in other words, something which in order not to alarm us has disguised itself as an extraterrestrial being but is in fact the collectivity of the human psyche signaling a profound historical crisis.”

“A mature humanity could get into a place where we no longer required these metaphysical spankings from messiahs and flying saucers that come along every thousand years or so to mess up the mess that has been created and try and send people off on another tack.”

“Eternity does not have a temporal existence, even the kind of temporal existence where you say it always existed. It does not have temporal duration of any sort. It is eternity.”

“We are not primarily biology with mind emerging as a kind of iridescence, a kind of epiphenomenon at the higher levels of organization of biology. We are in fact hyperdimentional objects of some sort which cast a shadow into matter. And the shadow in matter is the body.”

“The whole purpose of shamanism, and of life correctly lived, is to strengthen the soul and strengthen the relationship to the soul, so that this passage [death] can be cleanly made.”

“Technology is the real skin of our species.”

“There is not the Newtonian universe deployed throughout the parsecs and kiliacosoms of physical space and the interior mental universe. They are the same thing.”

“An Aquarian science, or a science that places psychedelic experience at the center of its program of investigation, should move toward a practical realization of the goal of eliminating the barrier between the ego and the overself so that the ego can perceive itself as an expression of the overself.”

“This [psilocybin] is a source of gnosis, and the voice of gnosis has been silenced in the Western mind for at least a thousand years.”

“We can release this thing once again. The logos can be unleashed once again, and the voice that spoke to Plato and Parmenadies and Hericlitus, that voice can speak again in the minds of modern people. And when it does, the alienation will be ended because we will have become the alien.”

“But the main thing about psilocybin, and I stress it over all these other hallucinogens, is information, immense amounts of information.”

“Only through the medium of sight can the true modality of this logos be perceived.”

“This situation called ‘history’ is totally unique. It will only last for a moment. It began a moment ago. It will only last for a moment. But in that moment there is like this tremendous burst of static as the monkey goes to godhood.”

“We, and I, we are intellectuals trapped in a world of too much information. Innocence is gone for us. We cannot expect to cross the rainbow bridge through a good Act of Contrition. That won’t be sufficient. . . . Because to fear death is to not understand what’s going on. And to even see it as a big deal is to not understand what’s going on, although I don’t claim to have reached that exalted plane.”

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Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts
By O. T. Oss, O. N. Oeric


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Podcast 261 – “The Definitive UFO Tape”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Please Support Dennis McKenna’s Kickstarter Project:
The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss!

Books by Terence McKenna

The Missing Chapters of The Invisible Landscape
Chapter 20: The Oversoul as Saucer
Chapter 21: Open Ending

PROGRAM NOTES:

This is Tape Number 004 of the Paul Herbert Collection.


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“In psilocybin and the tryptamine hallucinogens generally we actually have a state of mind that is very similar to the state of mind reported to accompany the UFO contact, and that these things could somehow be co-mapped, one onto the other”

“Involvement with these tryptamines as they accumulated in your system, you seem to acquire the ability to inhabit more than one world at once, as though superimposed over reality there was a super-reality, a hyper dimensional world where information was accessible in magical ways.”

“History is just this froth of artifact production that has appeared in the last ten to fifteen thousand years. It spread across the planet very quickly. But that mind in man just goes back and back into the darkness.”

“The extraterrestrial is the human over soul in its general and particulate expression on the planet. . . . The over soul is some kind of field that is generated by human beings, but that is not under the control of any institution, any government, and religion. It is actually the most intelligent thing on the planet, and it regulates human culture through the release of ideas out of eternity and into the continuum of history.”

“The myths that are building are like the Messianic myths that preceded the appearance of Christ.”

“I think that science has betrayed human destiny to some degree. And that we are led to the brink of star-flight, but we’re also led to the brink of thermonuclear holocaust.”

“The political conclusion to be drawn is to preserve your freedom of thought by deconditioning yourself to the flying saucer religion before it happens.”

“I think that the flying saucer experience is tremendously powerful. And that it really is somehow linked to the psychedelic experience in a way that perhaps will not be understood for some time.”

“Well, see what I’m saying is if we would intelligently examine these dimensions that the psychedelic drugs make available, we could as it were get in touch with the over soul and leave the era when man is disciplined by flying saucers and messiahs and progress is halted for millennia at a stretch just because people can’t evolve their ethics and their technology at the same rate of speed.”

“The modern epistemological methods are just not up to dealing with an elf, with chattering, elf-infested spaces. I mean, we have a word for those spaces, we call it schizophrenia and slam the door. But, you know, these dimensions have been with us since ten thousand times longer than Freud. And people just have to come to terms with them.”

“The discs which haunt the skys of Earth indicate that the unconscious cannot be kept waiting forever. These things are going to have to be dealt with.”

“The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.”

“But I think what’s being missed is that a whole dimension of communication is being ruled inadmissible as evidence simply because it doesn’t conform to the epistemological biases of the people who are asking the question. And that is all these voices in the head that guide shamans, that obsess lunatics, that make poetry, and in other words the muse. The muse is real. . . . Well one could talk endlessly about this subject, I suppose, but until it’s resolved all of man’s epistemological dealings with reality will be haunted by this faint spookiness, which can’t be gotten rid of.”

“You see what is happening and why the psychedelic experience is so important is because information is loose on Planet Three. Some kind of very strange thing is going on.”

“What is unusual about Earth is that language, literally, has become alive. It has infested matter. It is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us.””

“The over mind. The fact that there is a level of hierarchical control being exerted by the human species as a whole. That the destiny of man is not in the hands of governments and corporations and Communist Party apparatchiks. It is in the hands of a weirdly democratic, amebic-like, hyper-intelligent super organism, which is called Everybody.”

“And the reality of this informational creature is seen more clearly. It’s an organism. We are having a symbiotic relationship with an organism made of information. And this is what psychedelics reinforces, I think very strongly. It’s in the psychedelic dimension that you finally can key in to the voice of the organism and say, “Hey, what’s happening?” And then it explains to you that things are not as you took them to be at all. And that there is in fact layer, and layer, and layer upon interlocking meaning. And that there’s very little else other than that. And that the imagination is the true ground of being. And that there is a dimension, parallel to time, outside of time that is accessible to you as much as you want it, to the degree that you can decondition yourself from the history-bound cognitive systems that have carried you to that point. This is why it has always been said of psychedelics that they were sociological catalysts.”

“What it comes down to is trying to have faith that man is good, because what’s happening is that whatever man is, man is taking control of the definition of being human.”

“Man is going to become a mirror of his deepest aspirations, and the question then becomes, “What are man’s deepest aspirations?’”

“Death is both a historical and individual phenomenon about which we as monkeys have great anxiety. But what the psychedelic experience seems to be pointing out is that actually the reductionist view of death has missed the point, and that there is something more. It isn’t simple extinction. That the universe does not build up such complex forms as ourselves without conserving them in some astonishing and surprising way that is perhaps related some way to the intuitions that we have from the psychedelic experience.”

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Podcast 255 – “Why Is Christianity Afraid of Sex?”


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Guest speaker: Alan Watts

NOTE: This program is still available at the Internet Archive.

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

February 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am · Edit

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.

PROGRAM NOTES:

If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.

PROGRAM NOTES
[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Christianity is, of all religions in the world, the one uniquely preoccupied with sex.”

“Most churches in America and in England and in other parts of the Western world are, frankly, sexual regulation societies.”

“So we have, in a very special way, got sex on the brain, which isn’t exactly the right place for it.”

“There is no way of making a hedge grow like pruning it. There is no way of making sex interesting like repressing it.”

“That the physical world is transient, it seems to me, to be part of its splendor.”

“Neither the church nor the opponents of the church have clearly understood that the secret, or unconscious, motivation of sexual repression is to make it all the more interesting. And on the other side, it has not been clearly understood that sexual biology and all that goes with it is a figuring force, on the level of biology, of what the whole universe is about, ecstatic play.”

“If you’ve got a prudish father and mother you should be very grateful to them for having made sex so interesting.”

[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Christianity is, of all religions in the world, the one uniquely preoccupied with sex.”

“Most churches in America and in England and in other parts of the Western world are, frankly, sexual regulation societies.”

“So we have, in a very special way, got sex on the brain, which isn’t exactly the right place for it.”

“There is no way of making a hedge grow like pruning it. There is no way of making sex interesting like repressing it.”

“That the physical world is transient, it seems to me, to be part of its splendor.”

“Neither the church nor the opponents of the church have clearly understood that the secret, or unconscious, motivation of sexual repression is to make it all the more interesting. And on the other side, it has not been clearly understood that sexual biology and all that goes with it is a figuring force, on the level of biology, of what the whole universe is about, ecstatic play.”

“If you’ve got a prudish father and mother you should be very grateful to them for having made sex so interesting.”

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Podcast 248 – “The Magic of Plants (Rites of Spring)” Part 1


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“The Dawning paradigm of post modern consciousness seems to be the growing awareness that we don’t know what is happening at all, that all of the models we have worked out over the past five hundred years or so have now become recursive, and they can no longer be pushed forward as models of explanation. In other words, they are completed.”

“There is not more blood to be squeezed from the stone of science.”

“Having seen the limitations of science, we have discovered we are in a small row boat in a dark ocean, and we are being swept we know not where.”

“Art is the ultimate expression of this transformation of unorganized matter into ideas which human beings carry on.”

“The Growing Transparency, that’s a good idea for what the end of history is. It’s that everything becomes clearer and clearer and clearer. And as it becomes clearer boundaries disintegrate, and everything is seen to be of the same stuff.”

“Life is a hyper dimensional object. All hyper dimensional objects are organisms, whether they be societies or animals.”

“There seems to be an informational ghost of this universe which is somehow co-present at all points within the matrix, perhaps al la Bell’s Theorem or something like that. And that’s what the psychedelic experience shows you. It shows you a hologramatic space of information, where by sitting still in your room and sending your mind you can cross the universe in an instant.”

“I’ve always thought that Christianity, without making any judgment about Christ himself, that Christianity is hands-down the single most reactionary force in human history.”

“I think that we are spiritualizing matter. This is what technology is.”

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Podcast 247 – “On Being God and Death”


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Guest speaker: Alan Watts

NOTE: This program is still available at the Internet Archive.

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

February 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am · Edit

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.

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If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]
“Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world.”

“And very often it seems to me that reality appears rather much as the world is seen on a bleak Monday morning.”

“Indeed one might say that psychoanalysis is based on Newtonian mechanics and in fact could be called psycho-hydraulics’s.”

“If therefore, the human race is to flourish we must take charge of evolution.”
“As Jung once suggested, life itself is a disease with a very poor prognosis. It lingers on for years and invariably ends with death.”
“When somebody speaks as an authority it means they speak as the author. That’s all it means.”

“All our images of ourselves are nothing more than caricatures. They contain no information for most of us on how we grow our brains, how we work our nerves, how we circulate our blood, how we secrete with our glands, and how we shape our bones. That isn’t contained in the sensation, or the image, we call the ego. So, obviously then, the ego is not myself.”

“And they [fruit flies] in their world think they’re as important and as civilized as we do in our world. So that if I was to wake up as a fruit fly I wouldn’t feel any different as it were when I do when I wake up as a human being. I would be used to it.”

“In fact, it’s a thoroughly good arrangement in this world that we don’t remember what it was before [we incarnated as a human]. Why? Because variety is the spice of life, and if we remembered, remembered, remembered, having done this again and again and again and again, we should get bored.”

“There comes a point when really, if we consider what is to our true liking, we will want to forget everything that has gone before so that we can have the extraordinary experience of seeing the world once again through the eyes of a baby, whatever kind of baby. So that it’s completely new, and we have all the startling wonder that a child has, all the vividness of perception, which we can’t have if we remember everything forever.”

“So death, in a sense, is a tremendous release from monotony. It puts an interval of total forgetting in a rhythmic process of on and off on and off so that you can begin all over again and never be bored.”

“The universe is really a system which keeps on surprising itself.”

“You can’t experience the feeling you call self unless it’s in contrast with a feeling of other. … Other is necessary for you to feel self.”
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