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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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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 400 – “Time Travel, Psychedelics, & Physics”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna at home in Hawaii

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can step out of the assumption of a universal history in which we’re trapped, and realizing this is the beginning of a kind of liberation.”

“Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds.”

“When we really understand time travel we may find out it’s as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes.”

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Podcast 399 – “We Are At The Cutting Edge”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Bruce Damer, Terence McKenna, and Robert Venosa

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The moment is where we spend most of our time.”

“Reality is a term that if it’s used at all it’s used in philosophy, in ontology, in epistemology. It is not a concept that you hear very often on the lips of scientists.”

“The ‘fallacy of misplaced concreteness’ is the belief that there is something, somewhere which is real, which can be depended upon, which everything else can be referenced back to. And as long as you are victim of this fallacy you are philosophically naive and probably not at ease psychologically.”

“The ego is this strange transference of loyalty from the group to the self, the individual body.”

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

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“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 395 – #WaveOfAction

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#WaveOfAction . . . Occupy Consciousness

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The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4, 2014 and runs through July 4, 2014. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. As our part in this WAVE, the salon will feature periodic reports from this global ripple in our species-consciousness. This is the first of those podcasts.

Actify ~ Wave of Action ~ 4.4.14

Video sources of audio segments

Dwayne Hoover’s Podcast

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“Mushroom Man” (download)

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Podcast 391 – “Nothing Lasts”

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

“I have been underwhelmed by the accomplishments of Indian spirituality, personally; overwhelmed by the accomplishments of Amazonian spirituality.”

“I’m also very suspicious of secrets. I mean, if you tell me one it’s finished. I took a pledge long ago to tell all secrets as quickly as possible. . . . Secrets are a way of controlling other people.”

“Post-historical existence would be non-linear. People would live in time the way now live in space.”

“That’s how I think of psychedelics. When I say boundary dissolution, the real boundaries I’m talking about are the boundaries of dimensionality. The way a shaman is able to do what shamans do is by transcending Newtonian space and time.”

“Here’s my model: The mind is like a crystal growing under pressure, and the pressure is the pressure of Newtonian space/time. And so the crystal grows and takes the shape of its confinement. But when you liquefy the crystal matrix with a psychedelic, it has another preferred geometry. And it unfolds into this second geometry. And the second and alternative geometry is more hyper-spacial. Culturally, our minds are confined by cultural pressure and cultural phase-space to reflect cultural concerns. . . . When you take a psychedelic and you dissolve the confinement . . . then it’s like taking [the mind] out of its box, and it can configure itself in a more comfortable geometry, and it’s free.”

“In a sense, chess is like good practice for shamanism, because good chess players see deeply into the future. That’s how you win chess games.”


Interview with Shonagh Home on Shamanic Freedom Radio

Podcast 360 with Shonagh Home – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”

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Podcast 390 – “Monogamy, Marriage, and Neurosis”

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

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“This nuclear family thing is, I think, part of the root of our problem, that it is an engine for the production of neurotic, dysfunctional people.”

“If guys really got as much sex as they think they want they would probably hand over the machinery of civilization without a fight.”

“I’m interested in the moral consequences of taking psychedelics.”

“Everything that is, is an anticipation of what will be.”


Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 389 – “Gathering Momentum for a Leap”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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PROGRAM NOTES:

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“The 20th century is a great gathering for a leap, and the 19th century was the century of the gentleman.”

“Whether we can actually make a new world is not clear because the momentum of the past is very great.”

“The bigger you build the bonfire of understanding the more darkness you reveal.”

“Belief is a curious reaction to the present at hand. It isn’t to be believed. It’s to be dealt with.”

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