The Transformations Of Language…(Terence McKenna) [FULL]


The Transformations Of Language Under The Influence Of The Psychedelic Experience:
Berkeley, CA (October 1983)

Played yesterday on the Psychedelic Salon Podcast as…
The Varieties Of The Psychedelic Experience.

Note: I’ve changed the name of this talk so as to not confuse it with Robert Masters & Jean Houston’s book ‘The Varieties Of The Psychedelic Experience’ about 5 minutes into this Terence states the subject of this talk as ‘The Transformations Of Language Under The Influence Of The Psychedelic Experience’

“It seemed probable to me that this phenomenon encountered in deep psychedelic experiences with psilocybin actually has a potential historical impact. It is a kind of human ability, which is at present submerged in the psyche, contactable only by the shamanic means of journeying into historical hyperspace. In other words, of going into that place where the adumbrations of the future are intense enough that you can have an intimation, at least, of what is to come.”

“I think the gradual evolution of language is actually the gradual lifting of the veil that is imposed between ourselves and meaning by the planetary ecology. In other words, the forward thrust of history is actually regulated by the ecology, and it is regulated through control of the evolution of language. Because what you cannot think you cannot do, and where you cannot imagine you cannot steer your culture and go. So I’m proposing on one level that hallucinogens be thought of as social pheromones that regulate the rate at which language develops and therefore regulates the evolution of human culture generally.”

“Tribalism is a social form which can exist at any level of technology. It’s a complete illusion to associate it with low levels of technology. It is probably, in fact, a form of social organization second only to the family in its ability to endure.”

“This is what magic is. It’s being able to speak in a voice which makes things happen, being able to speak in a voice which causes facts to be beheld by groups of people in a way that has been purged from profane language, for us relegated to poetry and that sort of thing.”

“The history of man that you don’t know is what your unconscious is made out of. Just as the history of yourself that you don’t know is what your personal unconscious is made out of.”

“Knowledge, or verbal facility, is no proof that you know what you’re talking about.”

Art: Alex Grey – Visionary Origin Of Language (1991–1998)
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