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The terencemckenna community on Reddit. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. 'The Archaic Revival' was originally published in The book is a collection of articles, essays and interviews with psychonaut Terence. By the phrase "archaic revival," McKenna refers to a return to shamanism, I love listening to Terence McKenna on youtube but this is a hard read for me as he.

For this, we must rely on whatever the person having the experience says. This is the foundation of The Psychedelic Lens. The work of Michel Foucault provides a unique set of tools that can be used in critique of rhetorical claims. By using Foucaultian analysis I am looking to demonstrate the existence ofThe Psychedelic Lens through the rhetoric of Terence McKenna in an attempt to see what remains once the rhetoric is stripped away.

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McKenna traveled extensively and dedicated himself to the study of psychedelics, botany and shamanism until the time of his death on April 3, at the age of His brother, Dr. Dennis McKenna who holds a doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia accompanied and wrote with him in many periods during his life. My Life With Terence McKenna where he expresses very similar sentiments as his brother on the psychedelic perspective when he says: This state is very important to McKenna, who sees language as a trap, limiting relation from one person to another.

Madness and civilization; a history of insanity in the age of reason. New York: Pantheon Books. The archaic revival: Speculations on psychedelic mushrooms, the site, virtual reality, UFOs, evolution, Shamanism, the rebirth of the goddess, and the end of history.

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San Francisco, Calif.: The Brotherhood of the screaming abyss. How do you think McKenna would feel if he was around today if I was to share them with the community? I'm certainly not one to say for sure but I would imagine he would at least be supportive of the free sharing of information and ideas. Excuse Me Adventurer coming through.

Just found Food of the Gods as well, I'm sure there are more. Information is power, and information has spilled by the clumsy hands of the dominator culture so that the information is everywhere, never before has the situation been so fluid, we might be able to finally have a crack at this". Late to the party but here's The Invisible Landscape: Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

It is both the apotheosis and the antithesis of the monkeys journey toward mind. It is the mind revealing itself. Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 20 This is what all religion is about: shock waves given off by an event at the end of history. We are now very close to that event, and Psilocybin can help us to understand it because Psilocybin conveys one into the place where it is happening constantly. The Aeon, eternity, and the millennium are accomplished facts, not an anticipation.

Hence the mushroom stands at the end of his- tory. It stands for an object that pulls all history toward itself. Its a causal force that operates upon us backward through time.

It is why things happen the way they do; because everything is be- ing pulled forward toward a nexus of transformation. The alien-partner is like the angelic tetramorph. It is an- drogynous, hermaphroditic, transhuman; it is all these things that the unconscious chooses to project upon it until we have enough information to define what it might actually be for it- self. We are now in the pubescent stage of yearning, of forming an image of the thing desired.

This image of the thing desired will eventually cause that thing come Copyright Dr. The shamanic vision plants seem to be the carriers of this pervasive entelechy that speaks and that can present itself to us in this particular way. But it could also slip away.

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We could harden; there are dominator, hypertechnological futures that we could sail toward and real- ize. That would eliminate this possibility of opening to the Other. It may be as confounding to science as the resurrection of Christ was to Greek empiricism and Roman imperialism. The flying saucer is essentially an agent of cultural change.

It is important to articulate the presence of this erotic ideal of the Other early. This is an opportunity to fall in love with the Other, get married, and go off to the stars; but its only an opportunity and not evolutionarily necessary.


Their vividness cannot be stressed enough. They are more real than real. And thats something that you sense intuitively. They establish an ontological priority. They are more real than real, and once you get that under your belt and let it rattle around in your mind, then the compass of your life begins to spin and you realize that you are not looking in on the Other; the Other is looking in on you. This is the true status of present science.

It cannot offer so much as a clue about how that hap- pens. Scientists know how muscles contract all that they know. Its the initiating phenomenon, that which decides I will close Copyright Dr.

They know as much about that as and perhaps less than Western or Eastern philosophy knew in the twelfth cen- tury. In other words, space is not an impermeable barrier to life; there is slow drift. There is genetic material that is trans- ferred through space and time over vast distances.

But I think that we must have a deputized minority a shamanic profes- sional class, if you will whose job is to bring ideas out of the deep, black water and show them to the rest of us. Such people would perform for our culture some of the cultural functions that shamans performed in preliterate cultures. Tools, languages, and philosophies began to evolve, but the hu- man somatype remained the same.

Hence, physically, we are very much like people of a long time ago. But technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles.

There is an experience of time zero. So if one imagines for a moment oneself to be made of light, or in possession of a vehicle that can move at the speed of light, one can traverse from any point in the universe to any other with a subjective experience of time zero.

This means that one crosses to Alpha Centauri in time zero, but the amount of time that has passed in the relativistic universe is four and a half years.

But if one moves very great distances, of one crosses two hundred and Copyright Dr. Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 25 fifty thousand light-years to Andromeda, one would still have a subjective experience of time zero.

There is no possibility that this could be construed as neurologi- cal noise of any sort. It is, in fact, the most highly ordered visual information that one can experience, much more highly ordered than the normal waking vision. Every- thing is flowing together.

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The autopoetic lapis, the alchemical stone at the end of time, coalesces when everything flows together. When the laws of physics are obviated, the universe disappears, and what is left is the tightly bound plenum, the monad, able to Copyright Dr. Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 26 express itself for itself, rather than only able to cast a shadow into physis as its reflection. I come very close here to classical millenarian and apocalyptic thought in my view of the rate at which change is accelerating.

From the way the gyre is tighten- ing, I predict that concrescence will occur soon around A. It will be the entry of our species into hyperspace, but it will appear to be the end of physical laws accompanied by the re- lease of the mind into the imagination. Synonyms for novelty are degree of connectedness or complexity.

At other times it presented itself not so much as a per- sonage but as a giant network that many sorts of beings in dif- ferent parts of the universe were using for their own purposes. I felt like a two-year-old child who struggles with the question, Copyright Dr. Perhaps the psilocybin- revealed dimension is a kind of network of information and im- ages, or something even more substantial. Pheromones are chemical com- pounds exuded by an organism for the purpose of carrying mes- sages between organisms of the same species.

If halluci- nogens are operating as exopheromones, then the dynamic sym- biotic relationship between primate and hallucinogenic plant is actually a transfer of information from one species to another.

Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 28 - It is reasonable to suggest that human language arose out of the synergy of primate organizational potential by plant hallu- cinogens.

Indeed, this possibility was brilliantly anticipated by Henry Munn in his essay The Mushrooms of Language Munn writes: Language is an ecstatic activity of signification. Intoxicated by the mushroom, the fluency, the ease, the aptness of expression one becomes capable of are of such that one is astounded by the words that issue forth from the contact of the intention of ar- ticulation with the matter of experience.

The spontaneity the mushrooms liberate is not only perceptual, but linguistic. For the shaman, it is as if existence were uttering itself through him. Then, around five to seven thousand B.

Soma is the supreme entity. Soma is the moon; soma is mascu- line.

Here we have a rare phenomenon: a male lunar deity. The connection between the feminine and the moon is so deep and obvious that a lunar male deity stands out, making its tradi- tional history in the region easy to trace.

The widely felt intuition of the presence of the Other as a female companion to the human navigation of history can, I believe, be traced back to the immersion in the vegetable mind that provided the ritual context in which human consciousness emerged into the light Copyright Dr.

It obviously transcends the individual.

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But I suspect it is something like an Overmind of the species and that the high- est form of human organization is not realized in the demo- cratic individual.

It is realized in a dimension none of us has ever penetrated the mind of the species. It is the hand at the tiller of history. It is no government, no religious group, but ac- tually what we call the human unconscious; however, it is not unconscious, and it is not simply a cybernetic repository of myth and memory.

It is an organized entelechy of some sort, and though human history is its signature on the primates, it is very different from the primates. It is like a creature of pure informa- tion. It is made of language. It releases ideas into the flowing stream of history to boost the primates toward higher and higher levels of self-reflection.

Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 31 - DMT is a neurotransmitter that, when ingested and allowed to come to rest in unusually large amounts in the synapses of the brain, allows one to see sound, so that one can use the voice to produce not musical compositions, but pictorial and visual com- positions. This, to my mind, indicates that were on the cusp of some kind of evolutionary transition in the language-forming area, so that we are going to go from a language that is heard to a language that is seen, through a shift in interior processing.

The language will still be made of sound, but it will be processed as the carrier of the visual impression. This is actually being done by shamans in the site. The songs they sing sound as they do in order to look a certain way.

They are not musical compositions as were used to thinking of them. They are picto- rial art that is caused by audio signals.

To me thats ex- tremely interesting, because it seems to imply that one does not have to smoke DMT to have the experience. You only have to convince your brain that you have done this, and it then delivers this staggering altered state.

Pelo Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, page 32 - There are times and this would be a great study for some- body to do there have been periods in English when there were emotions that dont exist anymore, because the words have been lost. This is getting very close to this business of how reality is made by language.

Can we recover a lost emotion by creating a word for it? There are colors that dont exist anymore because the words have been lost. Im thinking of the word jacinth.The citizen is an extremely limited definition of human poten- tial. When he later discovered that the end of the 13th baktun in the Maya calendar had been correlated by Western Maya scholars as December 21, , [Note a] he adopted their end date instead.

I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears. Hardcover , pages. If halluci- nogens are operating as exopheromones, then the dynamic sym- biotic relationship between primate and hallucinogenic plant is actually a transfer of information from one species to another.

In other words, space is not an impermeable barrier to life; there is slow drift. Want to join? I think religious hierarchies are very un- settled by the idea of direct revelation. Timothy Leary had led the new religion and John C. They set to work, and the In- quisition was able to push the old religion into the mountains of Oaxaca so that it only survived in a few villages when Valentina and Gordon Wasson found it there in the s.