Podcast 249 – “The Magic of Plants (Rites of Spring)” Part 2

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna and Kat Harrison PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What would you have if you could have anything?” “I think that life proceeds through time. It’s an effort by organism to map one dimension larger than itself. So it takes a whole life to do it. A life […]

Podcast 241 – “Philosophical Gadfly” Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The people who take that position that alienation is symptomatic of neurosis don’t realize that the cultural momentum of the last five hundred years has made the Gnostic myth a reality. In other words, we have become a menace not only to […]

Podcast 238 – “A Tribute to Albert Hofmann” Part 2

Guest speakers: Albert Hofmann, John Lilly, Oscar Janiger, and Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: The following quotations are by Dr. John C. Lilly.] “There is no such thing as drugs. There’s no such thing as illegal drugs. They’re only chemicals. They can change the molecular configurations within the brain itself and hence change who you […]

Podcast 221 – McKenna: “Evolving Times”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What I think is going on is that probably language was entertainment long before it was meaning. It’s a kind of tuneless singing.” “Sometime in the last 50,000 years, before 12,000 years ago, a kind of paradise came into existence, a situation […]

Podcast 211 – “Empowering Hope in Dark Times”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Introduction of Terence McKenna by Timothy Leary, followed by Terence’s talk. [NOTE: The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What’s the hang-up here? What is the problem? Why is perfection so distant?” “Alchemy, as I’m sure many of you know, is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit […]

Podcast 191 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 5

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “It seems to me that right under the surface of human neurological organization is a mode shift of some sort that would make language beholdable.” “This is in fact what shamanism is all about, what the end of history is all about, what […]

Podcast 190 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 4

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna]. “Ayahuasca, in a way, is somehow more open to suggestion. These other things have their own agenda. Ayahuasca will work with you.” “The possibility seems to be that what we call styles, or what we call motifs, are actually categories in the unconscious.” […]

Podcast 189 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 3

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.> “Think about this for a moment, we grow so inured to these religious forms, think about the notion of instituting at the center of your religion a rite where you eat your god. … [This] is probably a memory of a relationship to […]

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 187 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 1

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Most software, I think, is written by freaks.” “What it [investigating psychedelics] really requires is a love of the peculiar, of the weird, the bizarre, the étrange, the freaky and unimaginable.” “Nature and the imagination seem to be the precursors to involvement in […]