Terence McKenna – Esalen Scholar In Residence, June 1989

Esalen Scholar In Residence, June 1989

Originally aired on (and thanks to) The Psychedelic Salon Podcast.

Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ remixed by Zarquon.

Quotes from this upload

“The world isn’t this unbelievably strange thing which is ‘out there’. The world is this stranger-than-we-can-suppose thing which begins from the core of us out. That means nothing can be taken for granted. It can be taken apart. It can be put together many, many ways.”

“The reason I am so passionately committed to the psychedelic thing is because I see it as radical, and if this is not the moment for radical solutions, what is?”

“Notice that the whole story of Eden is the story of the struggle over a woman’s relationship to a psychoactive plant.”

“The world is not made of anti-mu mesons, quarks, and photons, and electromagnetic fields. Reality is made of words.”

“Culture is more and more consciously becoming a project carried out in the domain of language by, for instance, propaganda both governmental and commercial.”

“Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn’t even your trip. They don’t even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue.”

“I’m not an advocate for everything that rolls out of the laboratory. I’m an advocate for things sanctioned by millennia of usage.”

“I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can’t have a free society until people are free to explore their own mind.”

“I’m as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way.”

“If you’re interested in drugs, the first stop is the library. And it’s a long stop. And you educate yourself.”

“Culture can be redefined as software and radically re-written so that it runs much more smoothly.”

“We are much more suited for dancing than for whatever it is that we have been doing.”
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