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Podcast 571 - "Terence #2"

Today we hear one more attempt by Terence McKenna to describe what takes place during a DMT trip. This time he says that it is a composite of about 40 such trips. He also touches on capitalism and virtual reality. A couple of my favorite quotes from this talk are: "Capitalism is as anti-human a philosophy as you can possibly conceive, because at this very moment we should be consuming less, manufacturing less, selling less, transporting less. And what's the battle cry? Free trade...


Salon2 041 - "Psychedelic Stories from Atlanta"

Today's Salon2 podcast features a few psychedelic stories from a wonderful hot night in Atlanta. Thanks to Moshe Jacobson for making the night happen.


Podcast 570- "A Psychedelic Truth"

In today's podcast we hear the final installment of a Terence McKenna course that he gave in April of 1995. This is only three years after the Web came to be, and already he sees it as the perfect environment to bring Timothy Leary's find the others idea to fruition. He also has a little rap about becoming engaged with the political struggle to legalize the use of psychedelic medicines and says, "They don't hand out rights around here. The only people who have any rights are people who...


Salon2 040- "MDMA for PTSD"

Today's Salon2 podcast features an interview with Dr. Ingmar Gorman about his work at the intersection of MDMA and PTSD.


Podcast 569 - "Searching for a Bias-less Media"

Today we pick up on the next to last installment of the 1995 course that Terence McKenna taught at CIIS in San Francisco. Here he picks up on his supposition that deep in the past there were human cultures in which psychedelics played a major role, but which vanished without leaving a very detailed record of their use. He also discusses his conversations with Sasha Shulgin regarding the differences between plant-based psychedelics and laboratory-created ones with no deep history of human...


Podcast 568 - "We Become What We Behold"

In this continuation of a 1995 course that he taught at CIIS, Terence McKenna begins with his interesting rap about the possibility that magic mushrooms have an extraterrestrial origin, which he ends by saying, "The trick is going to be to recognize the extraterrestrials." Two other interesting quotes from this lecture are: "It's very clear to me that every abduction case around, except for a vanishingly small number that we can put in the classical category of stigmata, can be explained...


Salon2 039 - "Psychedelic Columbus"

Today's podcast presents a powerful round of story telling that took place in a Columbus, Ohio bike hangar. The event was hosted by the wonderful community of Mind Manifest West.


Podcast 567 - "Psychedelicize Yourself"

When we pick up on the April 1993 course that Terence McKenna taught at CIIS a question leads him into a detailed scientific account of what his brother, Dennis, was investigating during their famous days in the jungle near La Chorrera, Colombia. It is also interesting to listen to some of the questions from those in attendance regarding their apocalyptic views of what they thought was to come in 2012. Also we remember Dale Pendell.


Podcast 566 - "A Tribe of Selves"

Today we pick up with the third installment of a course that Terence McKenna taught in April of 1993 at the California Institute of Integral Studies. It is a wide-ranging discussion that was shaped by questions from the attendees. Here are two of his thoughts from this session: "The crisis we're in, as a planetary society, is a culture of consciousness. There ain't enough of it. That's what happens when women are raped in Bosnia. That's a failure of consciousness. That's what happens when...


Salon2 - 037 - "The Family that Trips Together, Sticks Together"

Today we return to the Salon2 track and another podcasts-in-a-podcast, this time with Alexa and Kat Lakey. Their first program here in the salon features an interview with Scott Olsen, the organizer of one of the largest exhibits of Amazonian art to be held in the U.S. The exhibit was titled ‘The Mysteries of the Amazon’ and featured the work of Pablo Amaringo and his students from the Usko-Ayar School of Visionary Painting. Following that interview, we are treated to what may be a first...


Podcast 565 - "John Perry Barlow Tribute"

Today we pay tribute to the late John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an important leader in the struggle to keep the Internet free. In addition to John Perry's remarks, we will also hear John Gilmore, another of the co-founders of One of the most important essays written by Barlow is his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, and at the end of this podcast you will hear John Perry Barlow reading that...


Podcast 564 - "Plants and Mind (Part 2-Chimpanzee or Bonobo)"

Today's podcast feature the second installment of Terence McKenna's "Plants and Mind" course that he gave in April of 1993. It features an interesting line of questions from the participants in the class about the role of gender in the psychedelic community. Two of my favorite quotes from this talk are: "I think the modern family is, first of all a very modern invention, and basically a cauldron for the production of neurosis." AND "Ego is like a cyst which will begin to grow in you,...


Podcast 563 - "Plants and Mind (Part 1)"

Today's podcast features the beginning of a course that Terence McKenna taught in which he detailed his thoughts about the ways in which human consciousness came to be. A few interesting quotes from this talk include: "What seems to me to be one of the most centrally interesting questions to be asked of this world, and that is: What is human consciousness? Where did it come from? And why does it exist at all?" AND "It still is a very challenging thing to dissolve your ordinary state of...


Podcast 562 - "What It's Like To Be Loaded"

Today's podcast features Terence McKenna at his best. While this is another of his talks in praise of DMT, he manages to take it to yet another level. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this talk: "A long, long time ago I took an oath to tell all secrets that came my way. Don't tell me a secret. I won't keep it. I'm against secrets. I'm against hierarchies, lineages. All assumption of special knowledge on the part of anyone in the presence of anyone else is abhorrent to me. I am a...


Podcast 561 - "Psychedelics and Artificial Intelligence"

Today's podcast features what may have been Terence McKenna's last talks before he experienced the medical episode that led to his death less than one year later. For anyone who is up-to-date about the current state of the development of artificial intelligence algorithms Terence's insights from almost 20 years ago will be very fascinating. Here are two quotes from this talk that sum up Terence's predictions about the state of affairs in the 21st century: "The Earth is involved in a kind...


Podcast 560 - "McKenna's Thoughts About Marshall McLuhan"

In today's podcast Terence McKenna waxes eloquent about the writing of Marshall McLuhan, whose work in the 1960 was considered a revolutionary break with traditional ways of thinking about media. As Wikipedia says about McLuhan, he "was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. ... McLuhan is known for coining the...


Podcast 559 - "Complexity and Meaning"

Today's podcast features a March 1996 talk by Terence McKenna during which he was wrapping up a weekend workshop. He begins by telling of one of his early LSD trips, which was significantly different from any other LSD experience he had ever had. He also talks about his view that the visual part of a DMT experience carries meaning, but that this meaning cannot be translated into English. One of the more fun topics he takes on is to speculate about what the world would be like if our...


Podcast 558 - "Prophetic Painting"

Today's podcast features the last talk that Terence McKenna gave during his August of 1993 Scholar-in-Residence program at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His topic for the evening was the way in which artists like Bosch and poets like Yeats imagined a trans-historical future in their work. Along the way, Terence inserts his views about art history and appreciation, and tells us why he believes that their work remains important to us yet today.


Podcast 556 - "Coalitions for Liberty"

Today's podcast features Grover Norquist's 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture, which he gave during the Burning Man Festival. This is the fourth year in which Mr. Norquist has spoken at Palenque Norte, and, as always, his remarks were well received. Two of my favorite quotes from this talk are: "The best coalitions come from the hard right and hard left. Center coalitions don't get you anything except more of the same. Each of them are part of the status quo. So you're not going to get dramatic...


Podcast 555 - "Drug Policy"

Today's podcast features the lengthy Q and A session led by John Gilmore (MPP, MAPS, and EFF) that was featured as a Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2017 Burning Man Festival. In this conversation with burners in the audience, John explains the difficulties and successes various organizations have had in their efforts to encourage more sensible drug laws.


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