Podcast 275 – “The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“It seemed probable to me that this phenomenon encountered in deep psychedelic experiences with psilocybin actually has a potential historical impact. It is a kind of human ability, which is at present submerged in the psyche, contactable only by the shamanic means of journeying into historical hyperspace. In other words, of going into that place where the adumbrations of the future are intense enough that you can have an intimation, at least, of what is to come.”

“I think the gradual evolution of language is actually the gradual lifting of the veil that is imposed between ourselves and meaning by the planetary ecology. In other words, the forward thrust of history is actually regulated by the ecology, and it is regulated through control of the evolution of language. Because what you cannot think you cannot do, and where you cannot imagine you cannot steer your culture and go. So I’m proposing on one level that hallucinogens be thought of as social pheromones that regulate the rate at which language develops and therefore regulates the evolution of human culture generally.”

“Tribalism is a social form which can exist at any level of technology. It’s a complete illusion to associate it with low levels of technology. It is probably, in fact, a form of social organization second only to the family in its ability to endure.”

“This is what magic is. It’s being able to speak in a voice which makes things happen, being able to speak in a voice which causes facts to be beheld by groups of people in a way that has been purged from profane language, for us relegated to poetry and that sort of thing.”

“The history of man that you don’t know is what your unconscious is made out of. Just as the history of yourself that you don’t know is what your personal unconscious is made out of.”

“Knowledge, or verbal facility, is no proof that you know what you’re talking about.”


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Women’s Visionary Congress

Consciousness, Healing, and Social Justice
The Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) is an annual gathering of visionary women healers, scholars, activists and artists who study consciousness and altered states. The WVC supports the transfer of knowledge among women who apply the insights of their research and spiritual path. We gather on beautiful land in Northern California to renew our community of adventurers and visionaries.

The fifth annual WVC will take place from July 29 – 31, 2011 at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) Earthrise Retreat Center, near Petaluma, California. The WVC welcomes interested women and men to join us as we talk, dance, eat delicious food and participate in a series of conversations with wise women.

Presenters include Copperwoman, Valerie Corral, Earth and Fire Erowid, Dorothy Fadiman, Amber Field, Carolyn (Mountain Girl) Garcia, Dorka Keehn, Jessica Lucas, Mariavittoria Mangini, Jean Millay, Eleonora Molnar, Annie Oak, Linnae Ponté, Miss S, Nick Sand, Stephanie Schmitz, Jane Straight, Justine Willis Toms, Keeper Trout, Clare Wilkins and Nina Wise.

Posted in Culture, Language, Psychedelics, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. Lozo, what have you done? Do you realize how many people are just itching to attend a conference hosted by you and Bruce? I for one will surely be there and am fighting off the urge to purchase tickets to Seattle for the last week of September before it’s announced. Please provide more detail so I won’t miss the boat.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo] A Web site about this workshop will go live soon. But here are the dates:
    Friday, September 30 … evening session
    Saturday, October 1 … all day workshop
    Sunday, October 2 … morning session

    Location: The Outlook Inn on Orcas Island, WA

  2. I wonder where Terence got this T-shirt from, it’s just marvellous.
    Good podcast, indeed.

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