Podcast 203 – “Appreciating Imagination” – Part 3

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Culture is a simplification and a lie. It’s the currency by which fools navigate the world. Smart people get beyond it.” “If you aren’t ‘cool’ then you go to incredible lengths to achieve it by ersatz means, by buying $3,500 sunglasses and getting […]

Podcast 202 – “Appreciating Imagination” – Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What we have been calling human consciousness is the only consciousness there is. It’s something you tap into, not something you evolve out of yourselves.” “If your local language is insufficient then you abide in a domain of intuition, and that’s what I […]

Podcast 201 – “Appreciating Imagination” – Part 1

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The imagination is actually a kind of window onto realities not present.” “If the imagination runs riot in the dimension of the mundane it’s paranoia.” “Art is like the footprint of where the imagination has been.” “Below the ordinary surface of space and […]

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 […]

Podcast 181 – “What Science Forgot” Q&A Session

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: This is the Question and Answer session following the talk heard in the previous podcast. In it, Terence answers questions from the audience, such as, “Can you talk about the relationship of advanced mathematics to modeling of consciousness in layman’s terms?” [NOTE: All quotations below are by Terence McKenna.] “It […]

Podcast 177 – “Surfing Finnegans Wake” Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by Terence McKenna.] “McLuhan was synonymous with incomprehensibility in the Sixties.” “In McLuhan there is a very deep strain of nostalgia for the essence of the Medieval world of what he called ‘manuscript culture’.” “Joyce is, in ‘The Wake’, making his own alchemeric cave drawings […]

Podcast 173 – Shulgin: “How I Go About Inventing New Drugs”

Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: The two quotations below are by Sasha Shulgin.] “Internally, no one’s an elder. Internally everyone’s kinda around 35 or so.” “The people at the industry said, ‘Gee, if you have that kind of imagination that you can look at a structure and guess at another structure that might be […]

Podcast 169 – “Truth is a Dangerous Thing”

Guest speaker: J. Krishnamurti PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by J. Krishnamurti.] “Give your heart and your mind with every thing that you have to find out a way of living differently.” “Where there is love, do what you will it will be right action, but never bring conflict to one’s life.” “We are […]

Podcast 163 – “Reality Syndromes & Cyberpunk Symptoms”

Guest speaker: Wrye Sententia PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by Wrye Sententia.] “How can we have confidence in what we think we know, in our particular version of reality, in our particular take on the world? … What is real and what is false, and does it really matter if there is a difference.” […]

Podcast 160 – “The League for Spiritual Discovery”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.] “Psychedelic art is the public face of the communication device of our new religion.” “Man’s attempt to turn on just staggers the imagination. There’s hardly anything that hasn’t been used one time or another, or in one culture or another, […]