Podcast 114 – “Psychedelic Society”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


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[NOTE: All quotations below are by Terence McKenna.]

04:33 “What I think a psychedelic society, what that notion means or implies to me in terms of ideology, is the idea of creating a society which always lives in the light of the mystery of being. In other words, that solutions should be displaced from the central role that they have had in social organization. And mysteries, irreducible mysteries, should be put in their place.”

06:44 “Much of the problem of the modern dilemma is that direct experience has been discounted and in its place all kinds of belief systems have been erected. . . . You see, if you believe something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”

11:59 “Experience must be made primary. The language of the self must be made primary.”

12:14 “What I’m advocating is that we each take responsibility for the cultural transformation by realizing it is not something which will be disseminated from the top down. It is something which each of us can contribute to by attempting to live as far into the future as possible.”

15:12 “A mirror image of the psychedelic experience in hardware are computer networks.”

19:07 “We need to realize that there is a gene-swarm, not a set of species on the Earth, that half the time when you think you are thinking you are actually listening.”

29:44 “I think the engineering mentality, which will [???] to change man into his machines, will have to be counter-poised by the psychedelic, Earth-oriented, imagination oriented side of things, which will create then the potential for the spiritual marriage that will be the alchemical perfection of a new form of humanity.”

31:14 “You claim this higher level of freedom by the simple act of applying attention to being.”


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  1. Dear Lorenzo

    Just listened to podcast 113 – you are a lovely man and I appreciate what you have done over these years.

    I’ve decided to start from your first podcast and make my way up (listening to mainly Terence McKenna podcasts) so I’m a bit behind with what’s been going on with you in these present times. Hope you are well.

    Many thanks for all that you’ve done


    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Thanks for the kind words. If you want to know what I’ve been thinking lately just jump ahead to podcast #530.]

  2. Hi Lorenzo,

    I just ordered ‘The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol: From the Dogon and Ancient Egypt to India, Tibet, and China’
    by Laird Scranton over your store, hope you get the commission.

    Did you ever publish your interview with Laird Scranton?

    aloha from Switzerland!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Unfortunately, the sound quality of that interview recording wasn’t good enough to use in a podcast.]

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