Podcast 359 – “The Real Message of Psychedelics”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“History has been the pursuit of a false god, the god of stability, the god of permanence, the god of the unchanging, and we’ve become just neurotic on this subject.”

“What’s being said here is re-claim experience. Do not dwell in the mistakes of the past. Do not lose yourself in the castles of the future, and do not give your authenticity away to experts, gurus, government commissions, bosses, wives, mates. Take back your mind and your body.”

“You’re involved in a mysterious engagement where every living moment presents you with mystery, opportunity, and wonder.”

“The suppression of psychedelics has had the unfortunate effect of making it impossible for us to build a linguistically coherent community and have a shared body of experience, because you can’t just say this stuff to everybody.”

“Coming out of the closet on psychedelics should be part of the political agenda.”

“The direct datum for metaphysical speculation should be ones own experience.”

“I believe that the boundary dissolving quality of these psychedelics makes them social dynamite.”

“The real message of psychedelics, I think, is to reclaim experience and to trust yourself. Your perceptions are primary. Your feelings are correct. Everything must constellate out and make sense and parse with what you know. If you don’t start from that assumption then you are off center to begin with. And the psychedelics will dissolve the cultural programming that has potentially made you a mark and restore your authenticity.”


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Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth
By Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechen

Process and Reality
By Alfred North Whitehead

Childhood’s End
By Arthur C. Clarke

When Prophecy Fails
By Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken, Stanley Schachter

Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts

Posted in Books, Consciousness, Culture, Death, Psychedelics, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. Hi Lorenzo,

    In several talks Terence has mentioned someone by the name of Eric Yaunch (spelling??) who Terence said was one of his most important mentors. He also said that Eric wrote at least one book.

    I’ve tried googling his name with as many different spellings as i could think of but have still come up empty-handed. Do you know he was/is, what his relationship with Terence was, and/or the books he wrote? I’d really like to know more about him.

    Thanks so much for creating and maintaining this amazing resource, I have listed to dozens of podcasts and I love them all.



  2. Just what I needed to hear to help get me out of a rut of hopelessness. I hate my job and I’ve been hating it for 15 years, now I want to go climb a mountain and raft a river. Thanks Lorenzo.

  3. Another inspired hour! Thank you, Lorenzo (and thank you Terence)

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying Linux, too 🙂

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