Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Terence McKenna: Happy Birthday Bard!

Terence McKenna: History Ends in Green: Gaia, Psychedelics and the Archaic Revival
Recorded at a seminar at the Esalen Institute in 1989.

A lecture discussing human cyclical history, its future attractor and ultimate dissolution.
Recalling the '60s, McKenna seeks nothing less than "symbiosis between human beings and the biosphere," and makes a stunning case for achieving this union through the psychedelic experience.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Terence McKenna: Eros & The Eschaton (1994)

Terence McKenna: Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle. 1994

"We have to stop CONSUMING our culture. We have to CREATE culture. DON'T watch TV, DON'T read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your OWN roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are -- NOW -- is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You're giving it all away to ICONS. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that, you want to dress like X or have lips like Y... This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. What is real is you, and your friends, your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And, we are told No, you're unimportant, you're peripheral -- get a degree, get a job, get a this, get that, and then you're a player. You don't even want to play that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world."

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Terence McKenna: What's So Great About Mushrooms? (1987)

 "Culture is sort of a shockwave which follows behind language. Culture is fossilized language."

"One of the reasons I think these psychedelic compounds still are important is because they catalyze the evolution of language."

Edited from the  Psychedelic Salon Podcast