Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”


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  1. I wish McKenna would have finished the book on this topic…drugs and trickery of these paracitic dominators and government…freaks.

  2. this talk was quite the mckennextravaganza, thanks!

    if it’s true that the Powers That Be used harmful drugs to destabilize society in the 20th century, i don’t think it’s much of a stretch to suggest that they are using a similar strategy with the proliferation, cultural normalization and ubiquity of pornography in the 21st century.

    regarding the comments Lorenzo made towards the end of the podcast on the formation of new brain cells from psychedelics here is some scientific proof to help sleep better at night…

    “A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.

    Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits, measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say. Researchers in the field say that after the age of 30, personality doesn’t usually change significantly.”

    and though it doesn’t follow McKenna’s protocol of taking heroic doses…

    “studies from The University of South Florida indicate that psilocybin found in “shrooms”, triggers new brain cell growth, and erases frightening memories from mice.

    The studies showed that mice treated with low doses of psilocybin had significant growth of new brain cells, because the mushroom binds to a brain receptor that stimulates new brain cell growth, and short term memory formation.”

    the idea of microdosing sounds wonderful in theory but my experiences have generally resulted in dosing too low to feel anything, or too high that i start to trip…

  3. Really enjoyed this one! There’s a reason I see T.M as one of my personal gurus. What an influential head!!

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