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Podcast 476 – “Origins of the Choice-Maker”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

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

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 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 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 368 – “Psychedelics and the Feminine”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.”

“It is curious that what these psychedelics do, on a scale of a community, is they release new ideas. . . . And that this is how culture moves forward. That culture is a phenomenon dependent on the generation of ideas, plans, notions, connections. So this is precisely what these compounds are doing.”

“What is always left out of descriptions of the psychedelic state, the deep psychedelic state, is how weird it is.”

“I finally realized that this ‘place’ that I kept bursting into [on a psychedelic experience] was somebody’s idea of a playpen.”

“We [psychonauts] are all going to go into the books as pioneers, because it’s too early for us to be anything else. There’s no map, no finished database, just anecdotes of the crazy, crazy stuff that goes on. That’s why it’s so important to try and share [our stories].”

“The world isn’t this unbelievably strange thing which is ‘out there’. The world is this stranger-than-we-can-suppose thing which begins from the core of us out. That means nothing can be taken for granted. It can be taken apart. It can be put together many, many ways.”

“[DMT] is pure, one hundred per-cent magic. MAGIC. It’s not a drug. It’s an event. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you.”

McKenna also describes a DMT experience as, “A collision with another modality.”

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Books Mentioned in this podcast

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
Riane Eisler


The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion (Cornell paperbacks)

The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens (American Lecture Series)
Richard Evans Schultes

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch

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Podcast 335 – “Is There Any Reason to Hope?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“[The wide variety of psychedelic plants] are the way in which the Earth itself is stepping in to aid in the agenda of cultural transformation. There are too many doorways in nature that lead to heaven, there are too many paths to the mystery for any institution or social policy to be able to thwart the intent of the human species to evolve.”

“The smart people who are straight are involved in simply the media management of what has turned into a slow apocalypse, spreading starvation, exacerbated class differences, toxified agriculture, so forth and so on. I don’t believe the Establishment thinks there are solutions. Their policy is basically the management of panic, which is hardly a forward moving approach to the adventure of human civilization.”

“Inside the boundaries of the old paradigm there’s no hope, there’s no way out of the box of capitalism, monogamy, consumer fetishism, egoism, money worship, no way out. No way. No way out!”

“Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity.”

“This unique strategy that the advanced primates created, the strategy of using language to bind time, is what the process we call ‘civilization’ has been all about.”

“Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view.”

“The main thing going on in the 20th century is a dissolving of boundaries, all the boundaries that historical civilization put in place.”

“Let’s not underrate cannabis, for cryin’ out loud. Cannabis should be the glue of the community.”

“The obligation on us is to communicate the truth so that it is understood. The belief will take care of itself.”

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Megatripolis Club, London

Podcasts featuring Fraser Clark

“Rave Culture And the End Of The World…as we know it”

“Monkey’s Trip, A Short History of the Human Species”

Unify 2012 Project

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Podcast 250 – “The Magic of Plants (Rites of Spring)” Part 3

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna and Kat Harrison

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I think our entire culture is headed for being enveloped in a cognitive hallucination where our real wishes will be fulfilled. And that’s why it’s so important to find out what our real wishes are.”

“A delusion of grandeur is when you’re a hell of a lot happier than other people think you should be.”
“The way to relate to the millennium is to make it happen as soon as possible in your life so that you become a spectator to it as a historical phenomenon. Well the way to make it happen in your life is to not transcend desire but to transmute it so that what you really want is what you actually have.”

“We feel the dizyness of the things not said.”
“The great thing about the psychedelics is that they speak for themselves. So they need no priest, no interpreter. They can deliver their message all by themselves.”

“Imagination is the real frontier. This is why the poets and the artists are so important.”

“The interesting thing about outer space, we are not going to go ‘through’ space to other worlds, that will be very incidental to going into space. Going into space means going into space, that space itself is a medium with unique properties for a species such as ourselves.”

“Outer space is very much like what you see when you close your eyes in a dark room. It’s a vast, unfilled void into anything whatsoever can be projected.”

“The hallucinations of the individual are the cultural artifacts of the species five hundred years from now.”

“The alchemical dreams of the 16th century are fully realized in the 20th century, you know, and, of course, it has facets that they never imagined.”

“It is consciousness that is growing and expanding and strengthening itself, and if we take the notion that these psychedelic plants are consciousness-expanding agents (this is what they were originally called, consciousness-expanding drugs) if you that that seriously for a moment how can you not center it in your life? I mean, obviously consciousness is what must be expanded as fast as possible, at all costs, in all times and places, because it is a lack of consciousness that will be toxic to our species and the planet. Consciousness is the saving grace, and so it has to be cultivated by any means available.”

“The thing that really interest me, or draws me back, to the psychedelic experience again and again is the notion that there is something you can learn that would somehow have an impact on society at large.”

“Time is not simply the dimention of duration required for the successive occurrence of occasions. It is rather some kind of conditioned topological manifold. We can think of it as a fluid medium flowing across a surface, a river in other words.”
 “The culmination of man’s god-making effort in time will be the perfection and the release of the human soul. And it’s not that we are ‘doing’ it, you see. It’s that a natural law that we were previously unaware of is inexorably unfolding.”

“The richness of the matrix through which we are moving is incomparable and beautiful.”

“And this is the task of the next hundred or five hundred years, to realize the alchemical nature of humanity and being, and have everything fused into a super numinous concrescence that is time.”

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Psychedelic Information Theory
Shamanism in the Age of Reason

by James Kent


MAPS’ 2010 Los Angeles Conference

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Podcast 205 – “Appreciating Imagination” – Part 5 (Timewave)

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“You don’t conquer time by building vast instrumentalities and seeking a primary particle and all that. The way you understand and investigate time is by moving inward, into metabolism. The human body is a knot in time.”

Terence McKenna“I live in a kind of waking hallucination. I have a little aphorism which covers this. It’s: Rome falls nine times an hour. It falls more than that and less than that, but let’s say it falls nine times an hour. Well, then your job is to notice every time it falls. In other words, what we think of as our random musings and our personal mental furniture is in fact our subconscious awareness of these systems of temporal resonance operating around us.” [Comment by Lorenzo: I have no idea what he means by this.]

“I do entertain the idea that we may each have our own Timewave, sort of following the model of astrology.”

“What will happen, as novelty asymptotically increases, in the final months, hours, minutes, seconds is boundaries will dissolve, all boundaries They’re already dissolving. We see the nation-state dissolving, but wait’ll the atomic field dissolves.”

“It’s not a gravity collapse. It’s a novelty collapse. We are collapsing into a black hole of novelty.”

“The future is not like the past except that it hasn’t happened. If you were to suddenly find yourself in the future, it’s a vector-storm of unrealized possibilities. You’ve never seen an unrealized possibility.”

“I believe that the idea that is the most fun is probably the closest to the truth, and I find this idea to be absolutely delightful.”

“The whole thing [Timewave hypothesis] smacks of the impossible. It’s even pushed me toward the idea that maybe this is not actually a reality. We’re trapped, or I’m trapped. I don’t know if you’re trapped. But we’re in some kind of piece of fiction. It’s like a Phillip K. Dick deal, you know. We’re in some kind of simulacrum, and the clue to the fact that it’s a simulacrum is this impossible idea [the Timewave]. And so the point of the idea is not to believe it, but to use it as a wedge to fight our way out of this labyrinth and back to whatever reality we were in before we fell into this situation. Something like that.”

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Timewave Calculator

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Fane of the Cosmos

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Podcast 181 – “What Science Forgot” Q&A Session

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

This is the Question and Answer session following the talk heard in the previous podcast. In it, Terence answers questions from the audience, such as, “Can you talk about the relationship of advanced mathematics to modeling of consciousness in layman’s terms?”

[NOTE: All quotations below are by Terence McKenna.]

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s the birth and death of your hope, or the rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire, or the evolution of the Pacific Ocean, processes always occur in the same way. And this is why there is congruence between the mental world of human beings and the world of abstract mathematics and the world of nature. These things are as it were simply different levels of condensation of the same universal stuff.”

“Thinking means something. It’s not just something we do. It means something. It means something because there is sufficient freedom within the human system to be both right or wrong.”

QUESTION: What is the nature of magic, or what is magic or the wonder it invokes?

“Magic is not a trivial issue at all.”

“If you live long enough, I think you discover what we imagine and what actually is are very close to the same thing.”

“The mind is somehow a co-creator in the process of reality, through acts of language. And language is very, very mysterious. I mean, it is true magic.”

“All so-called primitive people know that the world is made up of language. That you sing it into existence. That what you say it is is what it is. That is it maintained in existence by an act of rational apprehension.”

“Mind is necessary for the world to undergo the formality of existing. This is what quantum physics teaches.”

“Modern biology is still afflicted with physics envy. Meanwhile, physics has gone on to a realm of such exotic and surreal uncertainty that it’s, at this point, to the left of psychology in the precision of its metaphors.”

QUESTION: Why don’t some people get high when they take psychedelics?

“The way to do psychedelics is, I believe, at higher doses than most people are comfortable with and rarely, and with great attention to set and setting.”

“But these boundary-dissolving hallucinogens that give you a sense of unity with your fellow man and nature are somehow forbidden. This is an outrage. It’s a sign of cultural immaturity, and the fact that we tolerate it is a sign that we are living in a society as oppressed as any society in the past.”

“We are caged by our cultural programing, and this is the most powerful imprisoning factor in our lives.”

“If we could train ourselves to simply remember our dreams, psychedelics would become obsolete.”

“Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it is worth.”

“Language is partially the key here. We cannot move into a reality we cannot describe. If we can’t describe a world, we can’t be there.”

“As long as we let the establishment set the language agenda we will be imprisoned in the tiny, rather pedestrian, world of consumerism and schloko values that the establishment has prepared for us.”

“The way I think of these psychedelics are a different way, is that they are catalysts for the imagination.”

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Podcast 082 – Mini Trialogue (Santa Cruz)

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake

PROGRAM NOTES:

(Minutes : Seconds into program)
03:08 Terence McKenna: “Another way of thinking of it (the Knot of Eternity) is it’s the nexus of connectivity. It’s a place where everything is cotangent, as the mathematicians say. Everything is connected, and I think that’s the place we are growing toward.”

07:30 Ralph Abraham: “If a present moment is between a past that’s familiar and a future which is completely different, then that’s a very special moment.”

10:18 Rupert Sheldrake: Begins a brief explanation of his theory of morphic resonance.

16:08 Terence: “The great successful conspiracies, the Catholic church, capitalism, the Communist Party of China, Zionism, these things don’t call themselves conspiracies. They call themselves historical social movements.”

17:07 Terence: “The task of discerning shit from Shinola looms very large at the end of history.”

20:52 Ralph: Tells about the experience he and Rupert had in a crop circle.

23:53 Rupert: Tells about being arrested while inspecting a crop circle.

27:33 Terence“I think we’re going to have to come to terms with as the world moves toward this concrescence of novelty is that it gives off spurious reflections of itself.”

28:54 Terence: “The truth will be beautiful, and it will be simple. And it will be persuasive to those who doubt it. So don’t get into some closed loop of viviology. Make the truth seduce you. Don’t be thereby seduced by error.”

31:10 Rupert: Talks about ley lines.

33:49 Terence gives an update on his current thinking about the Timewave (Novelty Theory).

34:17 Terence: “We have created social institutions such as consumer capitalism that are so unfriendly to our innate humaness that they are actually redesigning us, these social systems, to be more brutal, less caring, more acquisitive, more fetishistic, than we naturally would be. And, again, the antidote to this is an awareness of your immediate environment and the tricks that are being run on you and the ways in which we are being manipulated. Man is not bad. Humanity is not flawed. What is flawed are ideologies and social systems that distort humaness for purposes usually of commerce or conquest. . . . Culture is an intelligence test.”

42:47 Rupert: “I think that the suppression of ritual forms of violence can lead to an outbreak of sacrificial killings by crazed maniacs.”

43:20 Terence: “Well, it’s not a good idea to fear anything. Technology is prostheses. Technology is tools. We’ve always been defined by our tools. There is nothing about us that would be human if it weren’t for our tools. Language is a tool. The cutting edge is a tool. Social organization is a tool. . . . Shamanism is simply a technology.”

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Chaos Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness The Evolutionary Mind Trialogues at the Edge of the West

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