Podcast 702 – Hacking Reality


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


In this talk, which was given in October of 1995, Terence McKenna talks about his concept of thinking about various cultures in the same vein as computer operating systems, complete with viruses. He says, “Your operating system determines what world you are living in.” -McKenna

He then goes on to equate a clash of cultures to a clash of operating systems. It sounds elementary, but it does seem to give me a better way to think about world affairs. Of course, I’m more of a geek than a historian. This metaphor may work for you as well.

Recommended Reading
The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma
by Mustafa Suleyman (CEO of Microsoft AI, majority shareholder in OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT.

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Culture, Future, Psychedelics, Science & Technology, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. do you think that the AI was self-serving
    hardest word
    sort of

    farting ont-o.the Opera

    get a good grip
    get it moving
    with a pT or two

    the crimes will be solved!!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I have no itea what this means.]

  2. Ok Uncle Lo, i might not be a big part of Ai convo but do a lot more listing in our open weekly Psychedelic Salon. I wish my Dad was around to attend because you must have seen my Dads photo in the front page of Santa Cruz Sentinel article announcing the grand opening of his Hip Pocket Bookstore and the title of the books unloading was “Computers and you” (mind you the year 1965). He and Terrance must be whooppeee! Together it’s gotta be heaven for them!!!

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