Podcast 476 – “Origins of the Choice-Maker”


Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna


Today we pick up on the February 1996 Terence McKenna workshop that we began with Podcast 472. When he gets to his overview of habit and novelty and then moves into a discussion of time, his poetic language provides several interesting mental footholds from which we can expand on some of his thinking about the topic of time. As he says, “We are very naieve about the nature of time,” pointing out that the concept of using an average of measurements taken in a science experiment requires that all moments of time must be the same. “Are they?” he asks. “Is every moment just like the others?” From there he takes us on an interesting journey into the I Ching.

“We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables.” -Terence McKenna

“Time is a series of fluctuating variables.” -Terence McKenna


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  1. Thank you for your wonderful podcast, thought provoking and inspiring, love creating art while listening to them, much love and respect keep up the amazing work you doing Lorenzo 🙂

  2. Hmmm, this is the first time I’ve heard Terence mention his use of Prozac. It kind of explains a lot about the bard in retrospect.

    I loved Terences comments on looking into the organism in relation to a kind of meditation to the very depths of the macro physical world within our own body to observe the coming and going of phenomena as the felt presence of immediate experience. This is what the historical Buddha did to get insight and eventually his enlightenment. The Buddha called the meditation technique Vipassana, (a Pali lingual word) meaning to see things as they really are.

  3. Could you please upload it somewhere else its not available in the country i am in at the moment

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Hmmm, let’s see. Since you didn’t mention what country you are in, there is no way to help you. But even so, I don’t see that there is anything that I could do.]

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