Food of the Gods by Terence Mckenna is a classic on psychedelic plants. Terence Mckenna is an ethnobotanist and he is widely known in psychedelics circles for his research in mans relationship with consciousness altering chemicals since ancient times. Remarkable is Mckenna’s. without, perhaps, realizing it. My partner Kat, Kathleen Harrison McKenna, has long shared my passion for the psychedelic ocean and the ideas that swim there. ALSO BY TERENCE MCKENNA The Invisible Landscape (with Dennis McKenna ) Food of the Gods The Archaic Revival Trialogues at the Edge of the West (with.
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Full text of "Terence Mckenna - Food Of The gonddetheppolad.ml" drugs and hallucinogens*— Tin* Wasiwtgion Pint □"Terence MeKennc «lh» mori unoorfarf — and matt. Terence McKenna. The Importance of Human Beings. Presented at??? Podcast available for free download at: gonddetheppolad.ml?p= "The Archaic Revival" is my favorite McKenna book. just punch his name into the YouTube search engine, there's *tons* of Terence on there.
He was less enthralled with synthetic drugs,  stating, "I think drugs should come from the natural world and be use-tested by shamanically orientated cultures One must build up to the experience. These are bizarre dimensions of extraordinary power and beauty.
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There is no set rule to avoid being overwhelmed, but move carefully, reflect a great deal, and always try to map experiences back onto the history of the race and the philosophical and religious accomplishments of the species. All the compounds are potentially dangerous, and all compounds, at sufficient doses or repeated over time, involve risks.
The library is the first place to go when looking into taking a new compound. He proposed that DMT sent one to a "parallel dimension"  and that psychedelics literally enabled an individual to encounter "higher dimensional entities ",  or what could be ancestors , or spirits of the Earth,  saying that if you can trust your own perceptions it appears that you are entering an "ecology of souls ".
He postulated that "intelligence, not life, but intelligence may have come here [to Earth ] in this spore-bearing life form". He said, "I think that theory will probably be vindicated.
I think in a hundred years if people do biology they will think it quite silly that people once thought that spores could not be blown from one star system to another by cosmic radiation pressure ," and also believed that "few people are in a position to judge its extraterrestrial potential, because few people in the orthodox sciences have ever experienced the full spectrum of psychedelic effects that are unleashed.
And at some time, very early, a group interposed itself between people and direct experience of the 'Other. Shamanism, on the other hand, is an experiential science that deals with an area where we know nothing.
It is important to remember that our epistemological tools have developed very unevenly in the West. We know a tremendous amount about what is going on in the heart of the atom, but we know absolutely nothing about the nature of the mind. Dick , who he described as an "incredible genius,"  fabulist Jorge Luis Borges , with whom McKenna shared the belief that "scattered through the ordinary world there are books and artifacts and perhaps people who are like doorways into impossible realms, of impossible and contradictory truth"  and Vladimir Nabokov ; McKenna once said that he would have become a Nabokov lecturer if he had never encountered psychedelics.
During the final years of his life and career, McKenna became very engaged in the theoretical realm of technology. He was an early proponent of the technological singularity  and in his last recorded public talk, Psychedelics in The Age of Intelligent Machines, he outlined ties between psychedelics, computation technology, and humans.
McKenna's hypothesis was that low doses of psilocybin improve visual acuity , particularly edge detection, meaning that the presence of psilocybin in the diet of early pack hunting primates caused the individuals who were consuming psilocybin mushrooms to be better hunters than those who were not, resulting in an increased food supply and in turn a higher rate of reproductive success. His ideas regarding psilocybin and visual acuity have been criticized by suggesting he misrepresented Fischer et al.
Criticism has also been expressed due to the fact that in a separate study on psilocybin induced transformation of visual space Fischer et al. There is also a lack of scientific evidence that psilocybin increases sexual arousal, and even if it does, it does not necessarily entail an evolutionary advantage.
This, it has been argued, indicates the use of psychedelic plants does not necessarily suppress the ego and create harmonious societies.
The archaic revival is a much larger, more global phenomenon that assumes that we are recovering the social forms of the late neolithic , and reaches far back in the 20th century to Freud , to surrealism, to abstract expressionism, even to a phenomenon like National Socialism which is a negative force.
Novelty theory is a pseudoscientific idea   that purports to predict the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of time, proposing that time is not a constant but has various qualities tending toward either "habit" or "novelty".
With each level of complexity achieved becoming the platform for a further ascent into complexity.
The basis of the theory was originally conceived in the mids after McKenna's experiences with psilocybin mushrooms at La Chorrera in the site led him to closely study the King Wen sequence of the I Ching. Both are always present in everything, yet the amount of influence of each varies over time.
The individual lines of the I Ching are made up of both Yin broken lines and Yang solid lines. When examining the King Wen sequence of the 64 hexagrams, McKenna noticed a pattern.
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He analysed the "degree of difference" between the hexagrams in each successive pair and claimed he found a statistical anomaly, which he believed suggested that the King Wen sequence was intentionally constructed,  with the sequence of hexagrams ordered in a highly structured and artificial way, and that this pattern codified the nature of time's flow in the world. He was able to graph the data and this became the Novelty Time Wave.
Meyer showing the timewave for the 25 years preceding a zero date of December 21, Peter J. Meyer Peter Johann Gustav Meyer born , in collaboration with McKenna, studied and improved the foundations of novelty theory, working out a mathematical formula and developing the Timewave Zero software the original version of which was completed by July ,  enabling them to graph and explore its dynamics on a computer.
With each successive iteration trending, at an increasing level, towards infinite novelty.
Sadly, Terence died in from terminal brain cancer; he will never know if his ideas about and the end of time are true. But Terence has achieved a kind of virtual immortality. Ghost-like, he haunts the Net; a talking head in Youtube space, the articulate prophet of an end-time that he did not live to see.
His books are still read, e. True Hallucinations, Food of the Gods, The Archaic Revival, The Evolutionary Mind, The Invisible Landscape and others , his voice and image is as close as the click of a mouse, his ideas, as fresh and timely as though they were uttered yesterday.
He lives on as the beloved pater familias of a younger generation of psychedelic seekers; most of them were still in diapers when Terence was at the peak of his public career. We called ourselves, self-mockingly, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss even on the cusp of uncovering the mysteries of existence we managed to keep a sense of humor; it helped to be Irish.
We went in search of we knew not what; only that it was a profound insight, unspeakable, beyond comprehension, and that it would change us, and everything, forever. We were right on both counts, though not in the ways we imagined.
Our trip to the site in is chronicled in The Invisible Landscape, the book we co-authored and published in in an attempt to construct a rational explanation for the things that we experienced. Terence described the adventure again in True Hallucinations HarperOne, , more honestly, and with less technobabble, still with important elements elided, or deliberately omitted.
That expedition, and what has been memorialized in the annals of psychedelia as the Experiment at La Chorrera, was the pivotal event in both of our lives. We were both young when it happened; Terence was a young man of 24; I was a mere lad of We have been haunted ever since by the memory of those curious events that overtook us in that primeval rainforest.
Terence McKenna only had one brother. I am that brother. Together we traveled to the ends of the earth, together we explored the outer limits of psychedelic experience seeking answers to the astonishing mysteries of time, mind, and the improbable reality of existence on earth.
During the decades that followed La Chorrera, we went on with our lives, at times together, at times separately. Terence became the spokesman for the alien dimensions accessed through psychedelics, the philosopher of the unspeakable, a beloved and sometimes reviled bard of the outer limits of human experience. By choice and inclination, I remained in the background, pursuing a career in science, disciplines that ranged from ethnopharmacology to neuroscience.
Ever cognizant of the limitations of science, knowing that what had happened to us was unlikely to yield to rational investigation, nevertheless I continued to chip away around the edges of the mysteries that had so preoccupied us at La Chorrera.
Terence departed this corporeal plane in April while I remained behind to witness the opening decade of the third millennium, a millennium that, by all early indications, will be far stranger, far more disturbing, and far more full of both hope and despair than any that humanity has endured so far.Increasingly, however, modern evolutionary primatologists accept the notion that modern Homo sapiens also arose in Africa, some , years ago, and made a second great outward migration from there to people the entire planet.
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It seemed incredible that an American could be living in such an out-of-the-way and thoroughly rural river town in Colombia. I spent several hours that day with E lSenor Brown. Not Nature red in tooth and claw thats a misnomer but society.
Consciousness is like a super nonspecific immune response.