Podcast 536 – “The Future of Art”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Alex Grey painting in his Manhattan studio.

Alex Grey painting in his Manhattan studio
Photo credit: Bill Radacinski


Date this lecture was recorded: August 7, 1998

Today’s podcast continues with a series of lectures given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute in early August 1998. It begins with Terence discussing ways in which he sees art evolving. Eventually he transitions into a discussion about the growth of the Internet and the possibility of it becoming a super intelligent entity of some kind. Along the way he touches on science fiction, time, consciousness, Bell’s Theorem, and complex systems.


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Posted in Art, Books, Consciousness, Culture, Future, Language, Psychedelics, Science & Technology, Terence McKenna (mp3), Valley of Novelty.


  1. What’s wrong with the audio on all your podcasts? It can’t be the sources, it’s the same pops and clicks on them all???

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Yeah, I know. I’ve got to buy a new recorder to digitize them, I guess.]

    [2017-05-03 COMMENT by Lorenzo: So I bought a new cassette to digital converter, and just now I digitized the recording for 539 coming up. Sadly, it came out with the same pops and clicks. So either these two machines are total pieces of crap, which is definitely possible, or the microphone used for this series of recordings had a problem of some kind. All of these tapes came from the same batch beginning with podcast 534.]

  2. I think he became so rationalist, that he lost it
    I also think he was a chicken
    the only one—who–walked-away

  3. LZ, I think the best time to release the new episodes is when they’re done. Play is work and work is play. Read that chapter, write that email, phone that friend. It’ll get done when it gets done, F-rd willing. 🙂

  4. I know and love Larry’s voice. Lorenzo, I am an old fan, an old friend. Your stuff was hard to find, some of it deadended.

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