Podcast 416 – “McKenna: Psychedelics Are The Way Out”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna booksPROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Culture is the sanctioned virtual reality.”

“They try to tell you that you’re in a social contract, but when you ask to see your signature on the document they tell you that you were born into this contract. Well what the hell kind of contract is that? It means that you were born into a kind of enslavement to a linguistically powered paradigm, a virtual reality within which you will walk around your entire life.”

“The clue that something weird is going on on this planet is ourselves. Obviously! I mean, we are like a fart at the opera.”

“History is no longer rationally apprehendable by the systems which created it.”

“We’re taking bone marrow from the children of the future in order to keep a corpse alive.”


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  1. hi Lorenzo, I really appreciate the last two post but mostly what I was looking for was a way to donate to you. I know it’s a lot of hard work keeping us together so anything I could do would be great a Bitcoin donation. I don’t have that address anymore. Great comments keep up the good work.

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  2. Hello Lorenzo and the entire PS community. Allow me to thank you for your mind opening podcast serie! Caught up this last Terence McKenna episode a few days after listening to The Guardian’s Science Weekly interview with historian and author Yuval Noah Harari: http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2014/sep/15/sapiens-brief-history-humankind-yuval-noah-harari-podcast

    I do not know yet what to think of the parallels between Terence’s thoughts about agriculture expressed 30 years (at 49m04s of this episode) and Harari’s best selling book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind http://www.ynharari.com/sapiens-the-book/short-overview/. Not to mention the thoughts he shares about history being part of biology.

    Seems like McKenna’s memes are growing…



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