Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Date this lecture was recorded: August 1993
Today’s podcast features the last talk that Terence McKenna gave during his August of 1993 Scholar-in-Residence program at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His topic for the evening was the way in which artists like Bosch and poets like Yeats imagined a trans-historical future in their work. Along the way, Terence inserts his views about art history and appreciation, and tells us why he believes that their work remains important to us yet today.
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Language points at things.
It helps, being able to point at the moon, if you want it to be seen.
I find it interesting how Terence articulates the limits of language and its description of the natural world but then uses language to express what he means. Even the phrase, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is still a language concept description of something that can only be truly experienced in ‘the felt moment of immediate experience’ within the individual.
Maybe our use of language is as good as it gets with regard to sharing the experience with others? But maybe that is his point?
Merry Christmas to you Lorenzo and the Salon-ers and all the best for the future.