Podcast 373 – “Thoughts About Gnosticism, Art, and Music”


Guest speaker: Terence McKennna


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“A single chemist can produce ten million hits [of LSD]. Well this is not some guy getting rich, this is about changing history, when you’re talking about ten million consciousness-expanding experiences.”

“One of the ways of modeling the psychedelic experience is to see that it dissolves conventional wisdom. It dissolves adherence to group values, because it dissolves all structure, because it dissolves syntax. It shows the provisional nature of syntax.”

“Try and look at consciousness as a resource for want of which we are going mad.”

“And that what we really want, in the domain of planning, is an abandonment of ideology, that ideology is poisonous, all ideology is poisonous.”

“You just can’t go wrong as a heretic, because they’re always vindicated.”

“Permission for heresy is never a bad idea.”

“Television is not reality. Television is the cultural myth about reality.”


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Books mentioned in this podcast

The Art of Seeing
by Aldous Huxley

Myth of Invariance: The Origin of the Gods, Mathematics and Music from the RG Veda to Plato
by Ernest G. McClain

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

Posted in Art, Books, Myth, Religion, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. Thanks again Mr. Lorenzo.

    Your take on google’s privacy intrusion was especially informative that it made me dust off some Alan Parsons Project!

  2. I’m really diggin’ on these Marshank photos of Terence! Very awesome once again!

    BTW, what’s that shirt that Terence is wearing?


  3. This was one of my favorites, can’t believe I still have so much to learn from him after all these lectures.

    Thank you Lorenzo

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