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Podcast 408 – “What Do You Make Of This?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna - Spring 1999 . . . photo taken by Jim Essex at Terence's home in Hawaii

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Even a billion people is too much. There’s no way back to the simplicity we once knew, but there may be a way forward to the simplicity that we once knew.”

“The human imagination, which is our great glory, has grown so powerful that we can barely unleash it on the surface of the planet.”

“Ideologies are cultural memes. They are the most confining of the cultural memes. That’s where culture gets real ugly. It is when you rub up against its ideologies.”

“What we now have is the freedom which attends decadence, or the decadence which attends freedom.”

“For me it’s an issue of are we afraid of ourselves? And we inherit a huge bunch of idealogical baggage, not only Christianity, but Freudianism, and Marxism . . . We inherit all kinds of idealogical baggage designed to make us fear ourselves.”

Book mentioned in this podcast

The Movement of the Free Spirit
By Raoul Vaneigem

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Podcast 407 – “The Evolutionary Importance of Technology”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Sasha shulgin

The Shulgin Memorial

Saturday, August 2, 2014
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary.”

“It’s our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It’s not our political systems.”

“Everything will come true in cyberspace. That’s the whole idea. What cyberspace is, on one level, it’s simply the human imagination vivified, hardwired.”

“In a sense, what’s happening is that the unconscious mind is a luxury the human species cannot afford at this point in our dilemma, and so the unconscious mind is simply rising into consciousness by being hardwired into this global infrastructure.”

“The thing that excites me about these informational technologies is I think we are going to be able to use virtual reality to show each other the insides of our own heads.”

“The most beautiful things in the universe are inside the human mind.”

“The human brain is the god of technological innovation.”

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Podcast 404 – “A Survey of Shamanic Options”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna . . . photo source: Dennis McKenna

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During the 1980′s, before the birth of the Web, Terence McKenna’s workshops were just about the only source of information about psychedelics that reached the streets. While there was some information about psychoactive plants available in professional journals and university libraries, it took Terence to pull out this information and repackage it for the rest of us. In this June 1989 workshop, he does what he did best back then, give us a detailed inventory, continent by continent, of the psychoactive plants native to each area, along with a brief history of how humans interacted with them in the distant past.

[The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can’t sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten.”

“In a way, this is a definition of shamanism. A shaman is a person who by some means has gotten out of their own culture.”

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Podcast 396 – “A Freely Evolving Topology of Light & Sound”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“It is not that culture is evolving. The evolution of culture is an epiphenomena attendant upon the evolution of language. Language is the part of man that is evolving. Culture carries along.”

“I think people have a greater sensitivity to the mysteries of human interaction simply because so much LSD was taken in the Sixties.”

“The world is not nearly as chaotic and random as we suppose. We are actually trapped inside a giant organism. And it is not Gaia. That’s a much larger organism. We are trapped inside a large organism which is the human collectivity, and that’s why we are such different monkeys.”

“But really the psychedelic experience is like an intimation of immortality. And at varying distances in time from the point you occupy it shows you ever more vague intimations of the future, but they are there nevertheless.”

“What the psychedelics really do, I think, is release us from cultural machinery.”

“There is a potential for immortality, but it isn’t assured. It is something which comes to the courageous.”

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Podcast 394 – “Shulgin Farm Research Update 2013″

Guest speaker: Paul Daley
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Today’s podcast features the 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Paul Daley in which he talks about Sasha Shulgin, his life and his work. Paul is one of the key people who has stepped in to consolidate and continue the experimental research begun by Dr. Shulgin. In addition to telling about Sasha’s chemical research, Dr. Daley also talks about some of the reasons Sasha has given for why he does what he does. And we also hear about some of the ongoing research taking place in Sasha’s laboratory, including research into a possible remedy for cluster headaches.

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Podcast 386 – “Loose Ends Time”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna . . . photo credit: Steve Marshank

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“That’s the key thing that the archaic world knew that we don’t know: How do you live in equilibrium so that your children may live in equilibrium, because otherwise you get a cycle started that’s going to shove somebody over the cliff. And that somebody in the present case is either ourselves, our children, or their children. It’s no further away in time than that.”

“We love to congratulate ourselves on the forward-leaning liberal society that we live in, and the truth is it’s a bunch of rattle snake-handling fundamentalists that are much closer to Stalin than they are to FDR or anybody else like that.”

“If you look at the fossil record, 95% of all the species that have ever lived on the Earth are extinct. From that point of view it looks as though biology is a process for producing extinction.”

“You talk about a well-kept secret that’s only two tokes away? How do they keep the lid on this? That’s the miracle to me. How do they keep the lid on this?” [smoked NN-DMT]
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Podcast 384 – “Sex, Aging, and Psychedelics”

Guest speaker: Annie Oak
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Annie Oak and Alicia Danforth at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

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Today we feature a Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This ground breaking founder of the Woman’s Visionary Congress continues to push the envelope of psychedelic discussion into two of the most important issues of all to humans, sexuality and aging. Additionally, Annie issues several challenges to us all as we continue to expand our own consciousnesses.

Woman’s Visionary Congress
Consciousness, Healing, and Social Justice


The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

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Daily Psychedelic Video


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Podcast 366 – “Terence McKenna’s Suggested Reading List”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“One of the things that people don’t do enough of when they do psychedelic work is spend time in the library.”

“What I always hoped for out of the psychedelic voyaging was to bring back something. I always felt, and still feel, that that is the attitude with which you should go into these things.”

“I really think that the psychedelic realm is the realm of ideas, and that ideas which change the world come first from that place.”

“Life, carefully examined, is actually a form of allegorical literature with a very tight constructural grid laid over it.”

“The future holds no terrors for a person who knows how process inevitably unfolds. They are always right and with it each moment.”

Terence’s List (1987)

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Podcast 364 – “Communicating with the Mushroom”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“That’s the core puzzling experience, when you meet the Other organized as a speaking mind.”

“What you call man is time.” [Quoting the mushroom.]

“It’s as though a certain level of intoxication with the mushroom is the precondition for being able to communicate, but is not itself enough.”

“What happens with DMT is you leap over all the barriers in the first few seconds. Unlike mushrooms where over hours and hours on a high dose you might navigate yourself to the center of the Mandela, DMT is like being struck by metaphysical lightening.”

“[DMT] raises all the questions in a hurry. It’s so intense and so oriented toward the other and the visual and the hallucinogenic that it isn’t really like a drug. It’s more like an event that you ran into. You just came around a corner and there was the unspeakable.”

“History is the siren song of the soul.”
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Podcast 360 – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home
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[NOTE: All quotations are by Shonagh Home.]

“Plant medicines have long been the domain of women.”

“We are taught to escape in this culture, and so what these [psychedelic] medicines will do is they’ll take you to the heart of the truth of who you are and what needs to be addressed.”

“I think of myself as a spiritual warrior, and a spiritual warrior seeks to know, they are on a quest to know.”

“We still have an Inquisition, it’s a Pharmacratic Inquisition, it’s still around.”

“. . . they say we are wanting you to see and understand what’s going on, because when you see, you SEE, then it’s game over, right? [Which is] another reason why these medicines are illegal, because if you use them enough, in the right set and setting, then you start to get what’s going on, you start to really see.”

“We are here to remember the truth of what we are.”

“You are not the ‘story’ of what you think you are.”


Interview with Shonagh Home on Shamanic Freedom Radio

Shonagh Home Web Site

Love and Spirit Medicine
By Shonagh Home

The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values
By Thomas B. Roberts

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