Podcast 520 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 6


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Shamans, Colonialism, and the Wild ManPROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“What we’re doing is we’re building a nervous system. We’re building a nervous system the size of this planet.”

“The marketplace has an appetite for lies about the future.”

“I cannot conceive of post eschatonic life. I think of it, just to make things simple for myself, as death, because that’s the other thing in my life that I have no grip on whatsoever.”

“An organism is chemistry abducted into hyperspace.”

“If you’re a guru these days, you’re almost condemned to spending a life with foolish people.”


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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing by Michael Taussig

What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches by Erwin Schrodinger

“Shamans of the Global Village
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  1. Can someone remember which one of Kurt Vonnegut’s books was briefly discussed by Terence in one of the podcasts from this series?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Mckenna is a Dr.Strange…the initial itteration…we all are…searching for the others…i feel the momentum…is building…a silent tidal wave that will erase the dominator perpetrators a wave of justice that will make them irrelevant …do not underestimate these sociopaths…the will try and pull the ultimate false flag…to keep those with good hearts locked in the reducing valve a ghetto of false consciousness….find the others…
    Find your wave a surf it….
    Peace and love to sologners

  3. Those interested in Taussig’s thought might enjoy this interview with P.L. Wilson: http://sfbay-anarchists.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/michael-taussig-ayahuasca-and-shamanism1.pdf (I’m not the owner of that link- it looks kosher to me but if its funky or malware-y, feel free to delete this message).

    Coincidentally, for this “Columbus day”, that book is also a profound depiction of the hellish legacy of colonialism in the rubber trade and the political history of the Amazon, something TM sometimes glosses over.

  4. I didn’t go to the conference in Prague, but it reminds me of the documentary McKenna was in called the Alchemical dream. I had a psychedelic experience when I was 17 and it was an overwhelming trip. I wasn’t prepared for it, and had never heard of anyone having these experiences. Later that week I searched my local library with keywords and stumbled upon true hallucinations. That was back in 2009. Thanks to the internet and places like the psychedelic salon ive discovered other people have had these experiences with sacred medicine. I couldn’t go to friends or family because they just don’t seem to understand psychedelics. That is partly my fault because I can’t explain them like McKenna does in his lectures. Its a huge relief to know I’m not alone on this subject. I want to give a big thank you to Lorenzo and all the other people out there on the salon.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: And we are very happy to have you here with us.]

  5. I was also at Beyond Psychedelics in Prague and never miss an episode of the podcast. The only thing I would like to mention regarding the speakers is that Simon Green (from Australia) was a welcomed and refreshing voice on an otherwise clinical panel discussion. I would like to hear more from this fellow as his perspective provides a much needed balance.

  6. Hey, Lorenzo.
    Send that Slack invite my way if you would. Looking forward to getting involved with the new site.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Done!]

  7. Hey, i was at one of the Prague events. Could not attend all of them, tho :). Cheers, my telegram for contact is @cash555

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