Podcast 642 – “Shamans and Their Plants”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“And what was this profession [of shamanism] precisely about? Well, it was about exploring the envelop of cognition, pushing against the linguistic membrane of what it was possible to say, symbolize, conceive, and communicate.”

“I prefer the organic hallucinogens and recommend them to other people because I think their long history of shamanic usage is the first seal of approval that you must look for. I mean, if these things have been used for thousands of years, then you can be fairly confident that they do not cause [medical problems].”

“The situation that we now reside in is not one of seeking the answer but facing the answer. The answer has been found. It just happens to lie on the wrong side of the fence of social toleration and legality.”

“If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be?”


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Posted in Consciousness, Culture, Evolution, Future, Language, Psychedelics, Shamanism, Terence McKenna (mp3).