Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake
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02:29 Terence McKenna:
“The ego is essentially paranoia institutionalized.”
03:53 Ralph Abraham:
Considers the possibility that ego became strengthened when psychedelic usage became less frequent.
Talks about a “psychedelic rebirth.”
“A calendrical reform would be a wonderful thing, and I have just the calendar all worked out.”
“It’s an effort to deny man’s mortality, this solar calendar. It’s reinforcing a false notion of permanence, and what we actually want is a calendar that says ‘all is flow, all is flux, all relationships are in motion to everything else. It’s a truer picture of the world.”
13:22 Rupert Sheldrake:
Comments on the fact that the Islamic calendar fits the definition of Terence’s suggested calendar.
“One of the things that’s clear is that chaos is feminine, and creation out of chaos is like the creation out of the womb, coming out of darkness.”
“I think it’s the notion of as above so below.” . . . “In talking about these things you can’t force closure.”
Explains how the painting in the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe (the black virgin) is actually a representation of the goddess chaos.
Explains how the Faustian pact with the physical world that humans have made by adopting the “deadly cultural forms” of written language, moveable type, etc. have had a negative impact on our self-image. . . . “In the absence of this boundary-dissolving ecstasies, and replacing that with the machinations and plottings of the ego leads very, very quickly into a cultural cul de sac. . . . This was the wrong-turning.”
Explains the difference between dominator and partnership.
“You cannot trust the dominator style not to go psychotic here at the end.” . . . “Who is it who has the power to pry the dead fingers of the dominator culture from the instrumentality of power?” . . . “Everyone should understand this, that chaos provides opportunity for commandos of the new persuasion to rush forward and jam vital machinery of the dominator metaphor.”
Discusses the question of whether there can be consciousness without an object.
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