Podcast 460 – “Our planetary birth process”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

TWO BOOKS: The Museum Dose and Trip
[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Language is the software without which we wouldn’t be people.”

“Culture is a strategy for intensifying the dimensionality of an animal species.”

“Somehow, the psychedelic experience is related to this bootstrapping process of climbing, organizationally, from one dimension to another, deeper and deeper into complexity. It’s almost as though the psychedelic experience is a viewing of the process from the highest dimension in the plane.”

“What you experience in the psychedelic experience is eternity, all of time.”

“A shaman is someone who has seen the end.”

“Ideas are the signposts of our destiny.”

“It’s an absurd question to ask the question, ‘What will the world be like in 500 years?’ What the world will be like in 500 years is unimaginable.”

“Language is an informational creature of some sort.”

“[Quantum physics] is our truth [about reality]. How crazy are you if your truth is something you can’t even understand? And that’s the situation that we are in.”

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by Kelly Matten & Walker Farrell

The Museum Dose: 12 Experiments in Pharmacologically Mediated Aesthetics
by Daniel Tumbleweed

Posted in Consciousness, Death, Language, Mayan, Psilocybin, Psychedelics, Shamanism, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. Hey Lorenzo,
    I Think that this workshop recording was already posted here on podcasts 382 and 383. It sounded too familiar, and I could find parts of this talk on the program notes of the mentioned programs.
    I hope someone with a better memory can verify this.

    Thank you for the wonderful work and please keep those gems coming!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Thanks for mentioning that. I thought that I’d heard part of this before myself. That’s the problem with getting so many poorly documented tape recordings. . . . Sorry about that!]

  2. Dear Lorenzo,

    The embedded audio player for this podcast is missing.
    No problem, because we can still download the mp3-file.
    Just for your information.

    Thank you for your great podcasts, I love them!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Yes, I have had to disable the player. It is Java-based, and now that Firefox is blocking Java apps I have decided to eliminate the embedded player. But as you pointed out, you can still play the MP3s from the download link. Sorry about that.]

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