Podcast 246 – “Elves, Egos, and Avatars”

Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: The following quotations are by Bruce Damer.] “In life if you let yourself be ruled by fear life becomes a fearful experience.” “If you shake the Earth, all of the loose objects end in the West Coast of North America.” “There’s nothing useful thinking about […]

Podcast 234 – “The World Soul”

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake PROGRAM NOTES: “I think that creativity depends on having sufficient indeterminacy around for a new pattern to arise up within it.” –Rupert Sheldrake When asked if he believed in randomness, Terence quickly said, “No,” and then he went on to say, “Randomness is the least likely […]

About Lorenzo

Author of: The Genesis Generation The Spirit of the Internet The Art of Becoming an Entrepreneur From Larry to Lorenzo (short video) “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” Introduction I won’t bore you with my childhood stories. Here are the headlines: Born on August 11th in 1942 in the small town of Elgin, Illinois Graduated from […]


Podcasts from the Psychedelic Salon are a production of MatrixMasters.com, which is operated by Lorenzo, who is also the original producer of the Palenque Norte lecture series at Burning Man. The mission of Matrix Masters can best be summed up in the lines Franklin Rosemont wrote in his introduction to the writings of Slim Brundage, where he […]

Podcast 212 – “The Genesis Generation”

Guest speaker: Lorenzo NOTE: This chapter was revised for the paperback edition that was released in February 2015. Please see the Kindle edition for the current version of this chapter. PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Lorenzo.] “Forget getting a permanent job. Forget careers and the quest for financial stability. They are all false gods, […]

Podcast 198 – “Terence McKenna on NPR – 1999″

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Well if you’re looking for psychoactive plants, nature is full of them. In every environment, in every ecosystem there are plants that either singly, or in combination with nearby plants, will deliver powerful mind-altering experiences.” “For the person who does their homework, there […]

Podcast 188 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “One of the things that’s so striking about shamanism in the native context is the absence of mental illness.” “Every step into freedom contains within it the potential for greater bondage.” “This is what I talked about last night about the archaic revival […]

Podcast 184 – “The Boundaries of the Human Mind”

Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotes below are by Bruce Damer.] “What  Damasio is showing is that people who, in the lab, get a huge amount of cognitive stimulus all the time start to have no access to the emotional part [of themselves] at all. They can’t store to it, and they can’t […]

Podcast 183 – “What Are Humans For?”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by Timothy Leary.] “The people who were teaching us about consciousness-expanding drugs were people like Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, even Henry Luce, the respectable conservative founder of ‘Time’ magazine. There was a large group of thoughtful people who told us that the doors of […]

Podcast 180 – “What Science Forgot”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by Terence McKenna.] “Is there any permission to hope? More specifically, is there any permission for smart people to hope? I mean it’s easy to hope if you’re stupid, but is there any basis for intelligent people to hope? … I think so.” “I live […]