Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data McKenna, Terence K. The archaic revival: speculations on psychedelic mushrooms, the Amazon, virtual re- . Cited by the L.A. Weekly as “the culture’s foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience,” Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant racon. One of the main themes running through McKenna’s work, and the title of was undergoing what he called an “archaic revival”.

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Some of the selections interviews, in particular seem to have mdkenna chosen and positioned in the book with little care or attention to detail. We are barely able to assimilate these things.

Nature is the great guide in all of this. I don’t know, maybe times when I was young. Being monkeys, when we encounter a translinguistic object, a kind of cognitive dissonance is set up in our hindbrain. LSD emerged at a certain point and became a social prob- lem.

University of California, Berkeley. For that to happen, wouldn’t there have to be some kind of transcendent event?

These days, when not out lecturing or searching for new natural hallucinogens in the rain forests of the world, McKenna divides his time between his home in Sonoma County and the Botanical Dimensions garden site in Hawaii — a non- profit effort at preserving the natural medicinal and shamanically teence plants of the earth from lite ravages of civilization.

That is the primary datum. LSD won’t get through that. Like the plants men and women grew and the animals they husbanded, the mushroom was able to inculcate itself into the human family, so that where human genes went these other genes would be carried.


One of the things that psychedelics bring to the fore that would run any physicist wild is the curious literary quality that is visible on the surface teremce existence. Unlike many “mystics” it is easy mckeenna see where he is wrong because he states his viewpoint clearly without a fog of mystical sounding “eastern” language.

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna – Psychedelic Press UK

So what today we contemplate as a transcen- dental object may be a salable technology by Some may have more facility for such exploration than others, and these states may be difficult to achieve, but they are part of the human condition. But I’m not willing to climb aboard the Buddhist ethic be- cause Buddhism says suffering is inevitable. Arcaic is how information is ob- tained: He would later claim that quantum mechanics are the only science that still looks respectable, with physics trying to maintain its dignity and sociology being shown the door.

It is the mind revealing itself.

The Archaic Revival

What I have shared here are just a few of the highlights that are pertinent to my life at the moment. We were study- ing it because the orthodox pharmacological theories say that it should not be orally active, yet it is.

This man, in my view, is still the most important philosopher to have ever lived; he certainly changed my life. When we can love the alien, then we will have begun to heal the psychic discontinuity that has plagued us since at least the sixteenth century, possibly earlier.


Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival

This process is taking ten, twenty, one hundred thousand years — an instant. In other words, the psychedelic experience has been discussed in terms of con- sciousness expansion, or exploring the contents teeence the personal or collec- tive unconscious, or achieving great empathy with works of art, and things of that sort. It says, “I re-: The Beauty of the Primitive: I think we’re fine. But a consensus has yet to emerge about exactly what it is.

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In this one, however, McKenna is not playing with the other children inside the sandbox of sanctioned knowledge. Retrieved 19 February I am no fan of gurus. What the mushroom says about itself is this: In other words, you’re saying that the transcendent event might conceivably be the creation by of a computer program that we would interact with to bring us to a heightened state of existence?

I like the way it gives thought to a number of different issues and approaches some of the same thoughts from different angles. This was actually a voice in the head, making sense, speaking English, and addressing the concerns that were most important to me personally.

The difference between us and Helen Keller is that she knew she was deaf and blind.