Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake
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04:32 Terence McKenna: “But the fact of the matter is, there is no reason to believe that time is invariant, and experience argues the contrary.”
12:39 Rupert Sheldrake: “Maybe, you see, that the bonds between pigeons and their home are comparable to the bonds between people and other people, and indeed they may be related to that which holds society together. When we say “the bonds between people”, we may mean something more than a mere metaphor. It may be that there is an actual connection between them. . . . This kind of social bond, this kind of linkage, may be utterly fundamental.”
17:28 Ralph Abraham: “Especially for people like Americans, who watch television for seven hours a day, there is somehow not enough time away from language.”
17:37 Terence McKenna: “But notice that most prophetic episodes are dream episodes. I think that supports my point that we have lost connection with a kind of fourth dimensional perception that for the rest of nature is absolutely a given.”
25:59 Terence McKenna: “Somehow language is a strategy for holding at bay a much more complex world.”
26:29 Terence McKenna: “The obsession with intellectual closure is inappropriate to talking monkeys, because nowhere is it writ large that talking monkeys should be able to achieve a complete understanding of reality. I think part of what we have to do is live with unsolved mysteries that are in principle insoluble. They’re not simply unsolved problems, they are in principle mysterious. All would agree that the highest understanding resides in silence, but it’s the death of conversation.”
30:57 Terence McKenna: “I question whether we actually think in words, or to what degree we do. What you notice when you experiment with these shamanic tools, such as psychoactive plants, is that as the intoxications deepen thought becomes vision, and one thinks in images. And I imagine that this is the aboriginal thought-style, and we must have thought in images for a long time before we downloaded into words.”
35:48 Terence McKenna: “If a prophecy comes true, does that mean then that in principle all of the future is determined? You see, we have to avoid determinism here because a true determinism means thinking is pointless, because in a rigid determinism you think what you think because you couldn’t think anything else. So the concept of truth is utterly without meaning in a rigid determinism.”
37:21 Terence McKenna: “I don’t think the meaning of human existence lies in culture. It lies in the individual. And to access that meaning a certain amount of deconditioning, i.e., alienation, has to take place from a culture. If you’re just a cheerful representative of your culture you’re a kind of mindless boor.”
40:10 Rupert Sheldrake: “There are astonishing powers in the animal and the other realms of nature, which we have just simply been blind to. We’re blind to them if we think in terms of institutional science.”
50:55 Terence introduces the topic of time into the discussion.
52:02 Terence McKenna: “Examine, or recall to yourself for a moment, what it is that orthodoxy teaches about time. It teaches that, for reasons impossible to conceive, the universe sprang from utter nothingness in a single moment. Now whatever you might think about that idea, notice that it is the limit test for credulity. In other words, if you could believe that you could believe anything. It’s impossible to conceive of something more unlikely. Yet this is where science begins its supposedly rational tale of the unfolding of the phenomenal universe. It’s almost as if science is saying, ‘Give us one free miracle and from there the entire thing will proceed with a seamless casual explanation.”
1:02:38 Terence McKenna: “When these curves [about population, climate, pollution, etc.] are extrapolated, it’s very clear that we have taken business as usual off the menu.”
1:05:27 Terence McKenna: “The ride to the end of history is going to be a white knuckle experience.”
1:06:02 Terence explains what he means by the word ‘eschaton’.
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Comments from original blog page: http://www.matrixmasters.net/blogs/?p=224
I just wanted to say that the longer podcasts are great.
at first i figured maybe Terrence was asleep or something but he totally takes over in this part and totally upstages rupert and his boring pigeons.. absolutely awesome, cant wait to hear podcast 109.. also the longer format is just great.
I don’t think Terrence overshadows Rupert on this segment… Actually, he just gets rolling, finally. But really what Rupert has to say in the first segment is highly relevant to where the whole conversation goes. I mean, the first part IS his topic, I suppose, so yeah… That was pointless to say, but I already typed it and the backspace key is so far away………………
I really like this Trialogue. The opening cross-introductions are really spiffy. I like the light-hearted humor in the intros and all the way through this trialogue. All of the Merry Trialoguers take up on their respective opportunities to wax poetic where ever they do so best. I love this one. Didn’t know what to think for the first segment… I thought it was gonna be another Rupert topic where neither Ralph or Terence were interested like the morphogenetic family fields topic. It all worked out real nice, however.
Thanks, Lorenzo. I was in need of another Trialogue fix.