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Podcast 116 – “Techno Pagans at the End of History”


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Guest speakers: Terence McKenna and Mark Pesce

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04:40 – Mark Pesce: “I knew that part of my own destiny as connected with virtual reality wasn’t to escape into another dimension but to find a way to make real to us the things that we can’t always see because we exist at a level of scale, of experience, that hides them from us.”

06:29 – Mark Pesce: “Because where we’re going, the simulated and the real are going to get really blurry.”

15:13 – Terence McKenna:“Obviously, from the first time I had a major [psychedelic] trip on it was clear to me that this had to have evolutionary implications.”

17:09 – Terence McKenna:“Whatever it was that psychedelics were doing, it was taking anybody’s notion of reality, anybody’s mindset, and radically extending it. And if they found that comfortable they were ecstatic. And if they found it horrifying they were traumatized. But the common thread was, takes ordinary minds, makes them bigger, stranger, more grotesque, less predictable, more bizarre.”

24:22 – Terence McKenna: “Our ideologies are probably lethal, obviously lethal I would say. But they are, fortunately, a kind of chrysalis of ideological constraint that technology is in the process of dissolving.”

27:16 – Terence McKenna: “Occasionally you flop on the seamy side. It gives a literary quality to life that’s lacking among the tight-assed.”

32:24 – Terence McKenna: “If anything undoes us this will be it, that our language has failed, that we misread each other’s intent, that we could not understand each other. So the project of refining language is the same project as the ending of history. I mean, history is the story of languages that failed, and when language grows perfect history will end.”

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Podcast 115 – “Bios and Logos”


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Guest speaker: Mark Pesce

PROGRAM NOTES:

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[NOTE: All quotations below are by Mark Pesce.]

Mark Pesce11:35“The singularity is how Terence’s idea of the Eschaton is working its way now into popular cultures through scientists.”

16:42“There are periods of time when your DNA isn’t doing anything at all, when it’s quiescent. And at that time, when it’s not interacting with the world around it, it can enter what physicists call superposition. When it’s not interacting it can enter a quantum state. That quantum state says that it can be in this universe, and this universe, and this universe, and this universe. Well, it can be in a lot of different universes. In fact, it can be in ten with five hundred zeros following it, possible universes.”

30:33“The ability for you to react to your environment from your genetic code verses being able to react to your environment because you can communicate using language is probably at least ten million to one times faster. That means at the same time we acquired the ability to speak everything about us in terms of humanity, and human culture, and human thought, and human understanding suddenly went ten million times faster.”

47:22: [talking about nanotechnology] “The world we’re going to, the entire physical world, can now start to look a lot more like Legos that get snapped together at will. And if you think about the difference between building a castle out of sand and building a castle out of Legos, you’re starting to understand the difference that we’re about to be presented with in the material world. So at the atomic scale level of the material world is about to become linguistically pliable. This is an ability we have never had before.”

52:01“It’s my belief, and I want you to prove me right, that the psychedelic community represents the authentic search for a middle path, because what’s happening in the psychedelic experience is that there’s a stretching of being. There’s a stretching of being that allows new forms of language and new ideas to enter. We all understand this intuitively because we come back from a psychedelic experience with some expanded sense of awareness, that we’ve been opened up to an understanding we didn’t have before.”

54:08“You can argue about the specifics of when it’s going to happen, but what you can’t argue about is that there are three waves. We can take a look at the shape of these three waves and the fact that these three waves seem to be concrescening on a single point, and that this single point is where Homo sapiens is going to be left behind, and we’re going to see the emergence of a new species.”

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Podcast 079 – Feilding and Pesce at Burning Man


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Guest speakers: Amanda Feilding and Mark Pesce

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Amanda Feilding

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Amanda Feilding delivering her Palenque Norte lecture at the 2006 Burning Man Festival05:30
“Britain is America’s greatest ally in all the dreadful things it is doing at the moment, the war on terror and the war on drugs. And without Britain America would feel isolated.”

07:12 Amanda discusses the new scale for drugs that is being proposed in the UK.

09:37 “Present drug policy simply doesn’t work, and indeed it is the policy which is causing most of the damages.”

10:45 “My particular interest is in separating the psychedelics and marijuana from the rest of the drugs.”

13:34 “We at the Beckley Foundation have decided to do some reports which will tell the truth. Because the United Nations report doesn’t tell the truth. It tells what the Americans want to hear.”

14:18 “At the last Beckley Foundation Seminar, which was held at the House of Lords in London, we had the top of drug policy of the United Nations and of the EU. . . . and the United Nations man agreed with me that the regulations on psychedelics should be altered.”

16:30 “At the moment it’s not illegal to do research on controlled substances, but no one does it because it’s not good for grant funding, or careers.”

19:52 Amanda begins her description of the brain imaging work that is being done with high-level meditation.

25:03 “In my opinion, to experience getting high means that you see a bit of you from higher up the mountain with a greatly enlarged area of simultaneous association of the neurons. So you get more far-reaching associations.”

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Amanda’s Web site: The Beckley Foundation


Mark Pesce

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Mark Pesce giving his Palenque Norte lecture at the 2006 Burning Man Festival28:34 Mark Pesce: Talks about the Eschaton, the impending end of everything. “Knowing your expiration date is a very big thing.” . . . but on what do you base your beliefs?

31:10 “Does the knowledge that there’s just a little bit more than six years left on the civilizational clock drive any individual that you have ever met anywhere? Have we seen anyone abandon their attachments and prepare themselves for this presumed, inevitable end?”

34:33What he [Terence McKenna] said [about 2012] was . . . take this and test it. . . . And I think his greatest disappointment was that so few people actually took that challenge.”

36:36 “I have had enough of this [focus on 2012 being the end of history].”

Sasha and Ann Shulgin listening to persentations by Amanda Feilding and Mark Pesec at the 2006 Palenque Norte lectures at Burning Man

36:54“I have often equated the Eschaton with the idea of technological singularity.”

39:10 “What I would say is that there is no such thing as artificial intelligence. There is only intelligence, whether it is vegetable, or animal, or mineral, all intelligence is one.”

41:16 “Wikipedia is the first identifiable artifact of the age of hyper-intelligence. It is the collective, and collective knowledge, of a billion human minds. It’s not artificial intelligence. It’s just intelligence.”

Mark’s Web site: MarkPesce.com

Photos taken at the 2006 Burning Man festival by Lorenzo . . . more of Lorenzo’s Burning Man photos

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Podcast 048 – 2006 Palenque Norte Lectures Sample


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Guest speakers: Mark Pesce, Erik Davis, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Nick Sand

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This was the most ambitious schedule yet for the Palenque Norte lectures, 39 speakers in four days. Thanks to the good folks at Entheon Village who provided the facility, which was one of the largest tents on the playa this year, they took place without too many problems sneaking up on us. In this podcast you will hear sound bites from the talks given by Mark PesceErik DavisDaniel PinchbeckAlex GreyAllyson Grey, and Nick Sand. In the weeks ahead, their complete presentations will be podcast for those of you who weren’t able to make it to the burn this year.

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Photo (at right) taken at Burning Man 2006 by Lorenzo

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