Serious heads knew all about the psilocybin mushroom from scholarly books on shamanism, but no one in the US was eatingS. Terence McKenna is an odd duck. Follow up on a phrase you remember hearing. [50] McKenna was involved until 1992, when he retired from the project,[48] following his and Kathleen's divorce earlier in the year. Both are always present in everything, yet the amount of influence of each varies over time. ", "Was psychedelic guru Terence McKenna goofing about 2012 prophecy? Facing his end, McKenna admits that he doesn't "have a lot riding on my vision of things." His ideas regarding psilocybin and visual acuity have been criticized as misrepresentations of Fischer et al. I'm suggesting that the universe is pulled toward a complex attractor that exists ahead of us in time, and that our ever-accelerating speed through the phenomenal world of connectivity and novelty is based on the fact that we are now very, very close to the attractor. For McKenna, mushrooms and DMT do more than force up the remains of last night's dream; they uncover the programming language of mind and cosmos. These are bizarre dimensions of extraordinary power and beauty. His plan was to eventually stream lectures over the Net, thus eliminating the need to travel in order to "appear" at conferences and symposia. One of the primary criticisms of psychedelic users is that they're loopy as hell, and it can certainly be said that Terence McKenna's ideas are, at their best, controversial and, at their worst, confused and delusional.". In a sense, this was McKenna's goal. It is important to remember that our epistemological tools have developed very unevenly in the West. What's it gonna feel like?". Ultimately, McKenna wants something more than trippy images. [3][5] McKenna called this fractal modeling of time "temporal resonance", proposing it implied that larger intervals, occurring long ago, contained the same amount of information as shorter, more recent, intervals. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. He was called the "Timothy Leary of the '90s",[1][2] "one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism",[3] and the "intellectual voice of rave culture". McKenna calls death the black hole of biology. From fractals to Kai's Power Tools to Hollywood f/x, digital imagery has often been inspired by the mutations in perception brought on by certain drugs. Judy Corman, vice president of Phoenix House of New York, a drug treatment center, said in a letter to The New York Times in 1993: "Surely the fact that Terence McKenna says that the psilocybin mushroom 'is the megaphone used by an alien, intergalactic Other to communicate with mankind' is enough for us to wonder if taking LSD has done something to his mental faculties. If you do that, you know the marble will roll down the side of the bowl, down, down, down – until eventually it comes to rest at the lowest energy state, which is the bottom of the bowl. According to Wired magazine, McKenna was worried that his tumor may have been caused by his psychedelic drug use, or his 35 years of daily cannabis smoking; however, his doctors assured him there was no causal relation.[27]. "The future I regard as history, but I don't want to miss it. In addition to psychedelic drugs, McKenna spoke on a wide array of subjects[26] including; shamanism; metaphysics; alchemy; language; culture; self-empowerment; environmentalism, techno-paganism; artificial intelligence; evolution; extraterrestrials; science and scientism; the Web; virtual reality (which he saw as a way to artistically communicate the experience of psychedelics); and aesthetic theory, specifically about art/visual experience as information representing the significance of hallucinatory visions experienced under the influence of psychedelics. Terence McKenna, “Under the Teaching Tree,” presented at Ojai Foundation, 1993; Terence McKenna, “Understanding and the Imagination in the Light of Nature,” presented in Los Angeles, October 17, 1987. 108 talks transcribed. Every day another talking head auditions for the role of visionary, trying to convince us that their speculations about the future are true. "It was almost like the night when Howard Cosell came onMonday Night Football and said John Lennon had been shot," says Jordan Gruber, an attorney who works at NASA and the founder of, a Web site devoted to spiritual psychology. [5][7] The graph was fractal, it exhibited a pattern in which a given small section of the wave was found to be identical in form to a larger section of the wave. "Mitch Kapor credits "recreational chemicals" with inspiring crucial programming insights. He's no kook, but talk of Timewaves and galactic mushroom teachers speaking a transcendental language may not be what the psychedelic movement needs as it gropes toward legitimacy. "It's about as close as you can get to mainstream cultural values," says Doblin, who contrasts this approach with that of the late '60s. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears. Who would want to do machine architecture or write software without taking psychedelics at some point in the design process?". "But I am much more sympathetic to the idea of a huge morphogenetic field affecting your health than the idea that one inspired healer could do it.". We know a tremendous amount about what is going on in the heart of the atom, but we know absolutely nothing about the nature of the mind. Fischer et al. He was relieved to be home. That's precisely my model of human history. To ensure that folks give psychedelics a proper shake, McKenna has always recommended what he famously calls "the heroic dose." Though anthropologists ignored his arguments, the time was right for McKenna's visions. … "The psychedelic experience is not the equivalent of a dust bunny under your psychic bed," says McKenna. "Part of the myth of the alien," says McKenna, "is that you have to have a landing site. We are on the brink of a posthuman existence. "Once you go over that event horizon, no messages can be passed back. "They would have no idea that a printhead could push so hard against electronic culture.". On the one hand, the house, which was only finished last year, is completely off the grid, irrigated with rainwater collected in a large cistern up the hill, and powered by solar panels and a gas generator. He conducted several public and many private debates with them from 1982 until his death. Criticism has also been expressed due to the fact that in a separate study on psilocybin induced transformation of visual space. Countdown to 2012 < < . He'd long suffered from migraines, but nothing in his 52 years could match the ice picks now skewering his skull. “We have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love, and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. McKenna farmed 'shrooms into the 1980s. Deeply attuned to the future of consciousness, McKenna remains a devoted Gutenberg man. McKenna's insect collection was consistent with his interest in Victorian-era explorers and naturalists, and his worldview based on close observation of nature. "[91] Therefore, according to McKenna's final interpretation of the data and positioning of the graph, on December 21, 2012 we would have been in the unique position in time where maximum novelty would be experienced. [6] He conducted lecture tours and workshops[6] promoting natural psychedelics as a way to explore universal mysteries, stimulate the imagination, and re-establish a harmonious relationship with nature. That's why I encourage everybody to think about computer animation, and think about it in practical terms. "You can think of psychedelics as enzymes or catalysts for the production of mental structure - without them you can't understand what you are putting in place. ", In his heart, though, McKenna remains an optimist. [5][89] This worked out to the graph reaching zero in mid-November 2012. On the Big Island, Hali Makua, a Grand Kahuna of Polynesia, hiked up the side of the Mauna Loa volcano. For McKenna, all of human history, with its flotsam of books and temples and mechanized battlefields, is actually a backward ripple in time caused by this approaching apocalypse. [17], Mark Jacobson said of True Hallucinations, in a 1992 issue of Esquire Magazine that, "it would be hard to find a drug narrative more compellingly perched on a baroquely romantic limb than this passionate Tom-and-Huck-ride-great-mother-river-saga of brotherly bonding," adding "put simply, Terence is a hoot! Did Dennis come up with this on fly, sort of out thin air? McKenna calls it "the harlequin role." When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, I could see the light of eternity, à la William Blake, shining through every leaf. [27] McKenna was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. [3][5], McKenna suspected that notable events in history could be identified that would help him locate the time wave's end date[5] and attempted to find the best-fit placement when matching the graph to the data field of human history. [5], Peter J. Meyer (Peter Johann Gustav Meyer) (born 1946), in collaboration with McKenna, studied and improved the foundations of novelty theory, working out a mathematical formula and developing the Timewave Zero software (the original version of which was completed by July 1987),[87] enabling them to graph and explore its dynamics on a computer. With each level of complexity achieved becoming the platform for a further ascent into complexity. He is convinced that an unprecedented dialog is going on between individual human beings and the sum total of human knowledge. But unlike Leary, who planned to use the Net as a stage for his final media prank, McKenna realized that the Internet would be the place where psychedelic culture could flourish on its own. True Hallucinations: A Terence McKenna Psychedelic Book (Audiobook) By. See more ideas about Terence mckenna, Mckenna, Psychedelic quotes. [54], Terence McKenna advocated the exploration of altered states of mind via the ingestion of naturally occurring psychedelic substances;[5][32][43] for example, and in particular, as facilitated by the ingestion of high doses of psychedelic mushrooms,[26][55] ayahuasca, and DMT,[6] which he believed was the apotheosis of the psychedelic experience. Bell went on the air and asked his 13 million listeners to participate in "great experiment no. ", Unfortunately, by last October, five months after the initial diagnosis and treatment, he needed much more than just information. He believes that psychedelics should be more fully integrated into society, through art, design, and pharmacology. ", McKenna straddles this divide. Sometimes he treats the Net like a crystal ball, entering strange phrases into Google's search field just to see what comes up. Created by Peter Bergmann, this project is an expansion of ideas first presented in … [15] He also became interested in psychology at a young age, reading Carl Jung's book Psychology and Alchemy at the age of 14. He was less enthralled with synthetic drugs,[6] stating, "I think drugs should come from the natural world and be use-tested by shamanically orientated cultures ... one cannot predict the long-term effects of a drug produced in a laboratory."[3]. For the album by the Dutch, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFMcKenna1993 (, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine § Reported_encounters_with_external_entities, "Terence McKenna the brave prophet of The next psychedelic revolution, or is his cosmic egg just a little bit cracked? It's a typical McKenna question: simultaneously outrageous and, in some twisty way, true. With his widely set and heavy-lidded eyes, McKenna looks like a seasoned nomad merchant. McKenna traveled to the medical center at UC San Francisco, where a team of specialists surgically removed the bulk of the tumor. The universe is being pulled from the future toward a goal that is as inevitable as a marble reaching the bottom of a bowl when you release it up near the rim. Using spread-spectrum radio technology, McKenna's dish swaps packets with a similar rig on the roof of CTI, his ISP, 30 miles north. The Net, says McKenna, is "an oracle," fostering an unprecedented dialog between human beings and the sum total of human knowledge. He has written five books - two with his brother - and has developed a worldwide following. The ambulance guys knew McKenna's rep and were convinced he had OD'd. The rest was less amusing: Without treatment, McKenna would die within a month. "[93], John Horgan in a 2012 blog post for Scientific American also commented that, Food of the Gods was "a rigorous argument...that mind-expanding plants and fungi catalyzed the transformation of our brutish ancestors into cultured modern humans. [3][22][23] In the autumn of 1975, after parting with his girlfriend Ev earlier in the year,[31] McKenna began a relationship with his future wife and the mother of his two children, Kathleen Harrison. [17], Biologist Richard Evans Schultes, of Harvard University, wrote in American Scientist in a 1993 review of McKenna's book Food of the Gods, that it was; "a masterpiece of research and writing" and that it "should be read by every specialist working in the multifarious fields involved with the use of psychoactive drugs." Coping with his own personal apocalypse, McKenna spent much of 1999 sorting and answering fan email. Oss" and "O.N. McKenna got his 15 minutes of fame when four of his books came out in rapid succession. McKenna and Silness have hosted a regular stream of visitors and well-wishers over the last months, but the scene is definitely not Learyland. – Terence McKenna. Taking his advice, McKenna headed east to India, where he bought Mahayana art and smuggled hashish until a stateside bust forced him into hiding in the wilds of Indonesia. Within 36 hours of his seizure, 1,400 messages poured into McKenna's email in-box. They are living life as close to normal as possible - which is how McKenna prefers it. They are productive members of society. McKenna has owned land on this mountainside since the 1970s but didn't start building the house until 1993. But the visions are precisely what make him such an inspiration to so many. Explore the Words. [84][85][86] This idea is linked to McKenna's "stoned ape" theory of human evolution, with him viewing the "archaic revival" as an impulse to return to the symbiotic and blissful relationship he believed humanity once had with the psilocybin mushroom. [54] McKenna had intensively studied lepidoptera and entomology in the 1960s, and as part of his studies hunted for butterflies primarily in Colombia and Indonesia. [5][88] He suggested the up-and-down pattern of the wave shows an ongoing wavering between habit and novelty respectively. After their divorce, McKenna moved to Hawaii permanently, where he built a modernist house[17] and created a gene bank of rare plants near his home. [22][48] Botanical Dimensions is a nonprofit ethnobotanical preserve on the Big Island of Hawaii,[3] established to collect, protect, propagate, and understand plants of ethno-medical significance and their lore, and appreciate, study, and educate others about plants and mushrooms felt to be significant to cultural integrity and spiritual well-being. For obvious reasons, hard statistics on the extent of psychedelic use in the high tech industry are tough to come by. Terence McKenna must think so, too, because he’d waited a few years before throwing himself fully into the task of spreading the word, waiting, … Every morning, I ascend a spiral staircase decorated with blue LEDs to get to the study. The last decade has seen the first resurgence of official psychedelic research since the early '60s. 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