Podcast 627 – “The Birth of a New Humanity” – Part 2


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

A Terrible Mistake by H.P. Albarelli, Jr.PROGRAM NOTES:

Date this lecture was recorded: October 2, 1992.

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The best way to do drugs is to take very challenging doses rarely. I used to say to my groups, if you haven’t taken enough that you think you may have done too much, then you did too little.”

“Death by astonishment is a real danger in [psychedelic] places. I mean, these places are not simply strange, or amazing, or highly peculiar. They are absolutely confounding.”

“True spirituality is a very here and now matter. One should visit the sick and imprisoned, clothe the naked, bury the dead, care for orphans, feed the hungry. That’s what the spiritual life is about. It’s very down to Earth, straightforward.”

“In terms of suggesting you are a more spiritually advanced person if you take psychedelics. I don’t really see any evidence for that.”

“It’s too hard for the ego-maniac to take psychedelics. The egoist will turn away from it, will have such bad trips that they will put it down.”

“I think history is a state of chemical deprivation that allows ancient animal patterns of behavior that degrade and confuse us to re-emerge and stabilize themselves.”

“Ancestor is a tremendously sanitized term for dead people.”


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A Terrible Mistake:
The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments

by H.P. Albarelli

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One Comment

  1. What a long, strange trip it’s been, eh lorenzo?

    Years and years turning into your podcast. I appreciate the new format and the need for change.

    But of course,

    And always,

    I am a Terrance McKenna nut!

    In my books this is Terrance at his best, speculative, philosophical, some new tidbits, the bard himself.

    Thanks for throwing us a bone once and a while Lorenzo, appreciate what you do!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Thanks for the kind words. I’ve still got a few more that will be coming your way.]

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