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Terence Mckenna - A 5 Hour Trip (The Enterprise of Being)

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Terence Kemp McKenna was an author, lecturer, philosopher and shamanic explorer of the realm of psychedelic states. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He has been described by some as being "so far out, nobody knows what he's talking about", and by others as "the most innovative thinker of our times". To shake us out of our perceptual torpor, McKenna played the holy fool, the crazy wisdom sage. He pushed our faces in the most exotic, lurid inventions of modern science and technology. What elevated him above most other prophets was that he delivered his prophesies with a wink, an implicit acknowledgement that ultimately reality is stranger than we CAN suppose. McKenna’s métier was the spoken word — stand-up philosophy that meme-splices Alfred North Whitehead, Marshall McLuhan, James Joyce, William Blake and many others, delivered in a reedy, insinuating voice. Available throughout the Internet with titles like “Having Archaic and Eating it Too” and “Shedding the Monkey,” his lectures are tours de force of verbal virtuosity and pack-rat polymathy, leaping trippingly (in both senses of the word) from quantum mechanics to medieval alchemy, from the chaos theory of Ilya Prigogine to the neo-Platonism of Philo Judaeus. And so, three books are essential to anyone who'd like to dive deeper into the life and mind of Terence McKenna: True Hallucinations by Terence McKenna The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss by Dennis McKenna Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, and Ralph Abraham
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zoidberg590 (26 days ago)
where did this 5 hour recording come from?
Amanda Adame (8 months ago)
data town sounds amazing. :D
Tom Ato (9 months ago)
TERENCE DIDN'T LIKE ANYONE'S PRIVATE IDAHO BUT HIS OWN. GETTING INTO A VEHICLE WITHN HIM IS NO OWN RIVER TOWN. EXCEPT ALONG THE AMOZON LIKE DENIA'SL RIVER NEW GOWN SECRETLY HEADED FOR MARS THE SHAMAN BECAME A CLOWN.
Tom Ato (9 months ago)
EVERYTHING THAT WE THINK WE OR BELIEVE IN COMES ONLY FROM WHAT WE SPEAK ABOUT TO EACH OTHER, INTIMATELY OR UBIQUITOUSLY. WHAT WE LISTEN TO FROM WHAT IS SPOKEN OF OR READ ALOUD AND CARRY OUT IS WHAT WE EVENTUALLY CREATE. ALL CREATION COMES FROM VIBRATIONS CAUSING SOUND, ''GOD SPOKE, THEN THERE WAS LIGHT'' IN WORDS' WORLD.
Ludwig Of Bearvalley (10 months ago)
Terence is a shill!!!!!! ;)
Bill ONeal (11 months ago)
I understand this guy! Scary!
TheJacobHughes (1 year ago)
On 200ug this is the best speech I have heard so far...
Isaiah King (1 year ago)
Oh nooo Terence fell for the 2012 meme
Mark Caporale (8 months ago)
Terence created the 2012 meme. Of course, if you are being sarcastic, it is not evident in your comment.
Chad Alan (1 year ago)
Such prophetic insight for the significance of the information net as I sit here on the can listening to his ruminations on an S7
Chad Alan (1 year ago)
Mckenna dropping antithetical bombs for the BS in the world.. imagine what he'd have to say about today's societal shit storm.. it's incredible how applicable his ideas are throughout time
Rodney Ian Hatch (1 year ago)
pack-rat or rat-pack? (polymathy)
Courbet Crane (1 year ago)
What's the location he's referring to at 00:09:10? - "there's a lot of squirreliness in this world, a rising tide of it - some of it has been fomented not far from where we sit this evening"
xs10z (2 days ago)
He was probably referring to the Esalen retreat center, where many of his lectures were recorded, and where he hosted many retreats. I'm sure he was referring to some of the more "woo" spiritual practices certain types of seekers tend to favor and which are/were taught at Esalen
Martin Murphy (1 year ago)
heart
Dirik619 (1 year ago)
2:16:00 face on mars ....so true
ajb77 (1 year ago)
16:00
K (1 year ago)
I don't understand what you mean...
Remote Indigo Index (1 year ago)
@ 2 hours, this lecture is on point!
Shane Matrixslayer (1 year ago)
I’m a huge believer in the things discussed by Mr.Mckenna...I support safe drug use for enlightenment as well and when I say safe I mean healthy for the body not poisons. Anyway I’ve always been so curious to know how he combatted those critics who claimed that the only reason he saw interstellar beings and such was because the psychoactive drugs he put into his system flawed his reality meter ....making his mind flawed? I mean to say it plainly by a quote I once read by a critic of his... “he took drugs...they fucked him in the head.” I ask this question with all due respect to Terence Mckenna
Mark Caporale (8 months ago)
Terence himself admitted the possibility that he was likely out of his mind, though aided by his peculiar skillset of verbal artistry he was able to carve a respectable living from his articulation of these mind states and the entities he encountered there.
altruistic angel (1 year ago)
shane matrix stayer...only someone who is unfamiliar with psycho actives could possibly make a statement like that. terrence's critics are people who deep down feel inferior do to their own personal beliefs. what does one do when one feels challenged? one goes on the attack. it's easier to attack than to question one's own ignorance's. psychedelic philosophers are an esoteric society, people who are not members of the society are ignorant of the specific teachings and beliefs which are derived from partaking in the spiritual realms. how can one say someone else's thinking is flawed, when the one speaking is ignorant do to non committal psychoactive exploration?
Kyle Norman (1 year ago)
Shane Fight Geo engineering! Well Unfortunately Mr. Mckenna is no longer with us. But what I think he would say would be like. .. why would it matter if they beleave what you saw was real or a glitch in brain. You really can't argue that can you ? Because it's so untreatable . ....Now my thing is it shouldn't matter if its real or not .because it gave you something to help you or knolage. So there for real it is in a way
Brandon jockisch (1 year ago)
Zarathustra SechsundAchzig so fucking true!!!!!
Shane Matrixslayer (1 year ago)
Neil Mitchell not me.please don’t take this as an attack. I love his story. I’ve followed his work for years. No offense meant at all

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