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Terence McKenna - Esalen Scholar In Residence, June 1989

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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." Show less
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The Pyromania Arts Foundation Play


All videos in this playlist are uploaded here with the kind permission of Eden123 of The Pyromania Arts Foundation. If you want more Mckenna, Tim Leary, Albert Hofmann, Genesis P-Orridge, Rupert Sheldrake, definitely go subscribe and have a look through the video catalog. There are treasures there spanning 25 years of The Pyromania Arts Foundation, pointing their camera and providing a window onto the German psychedelic community.

Workshops Play

"The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation"

The Paul Herbert Collection Play

These tapes recorded by Paul Herbert will be uploaded here in chronological order as they are aired on The Psychedelic Salon Podcast. The recordings have been digitized from Paul's original cassettes by Lorenzo Hagerty, some are already featured on this channel and may differ in length and quality, these being professional recordings.

Where possible images of the original cassette will be featured with these uploads and all videos will be this playlist, The Paul Herbert Collection.

These talks have been made available and were originally aired by Lorenzo Hagerty on The Psychedelic Salon Podcast:

Lectures/Talks Play

If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.

Language About The Unspeakable: Maui, Hawaii, February 1994 Play

Raving In The Light Of The Third Millennium
Language About The Unspeakable
Maui, Hawaii, February 1994

Firstly, many thanks to Kevin Esbensen for making this upload possible. Kevin had a VHS copy from the original event (Recorded by AXIOM, I can't find them on the net and these recordings seem to be no longer available, I will gladly remove them upon request) which he then converted to DVD and kindly sent copies to me at his own expense to be shared with the community here. I'm very grateful to be able to present this for you on Kevin's behalf.

This talk has only appeared in audio format as far as I know on The Psychedelic Salon as, "In Praise Of Psychedelics" and here as, "Speaking The Unspeakable". As a host of a channel that archives McKenna material it's a great pleasure to be able to bring you something new (to the web) that may have been lost to time if not for the foresight and generosity of Mr. Esbensen, thank you Kevin.


Kevin Esbensen

Divine Nation (Salvia Divinorum)

Alchemical Archives

Interviews/Radio Play

" I always thought death would come on the freeway in a few horrifying moments, so you'd have no time to sort it out. Having months and months to look at it and think about it and talk to people and hear what they have to say, it's a kind of blessing. It's certainly an opportunity to grow up and get a grip and sort it all out. Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you're going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. ... It makes life rich and poignant. When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, I could see the light of eternity, a la William Blake, shining through every leaf. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears. "

~ Terence McKenna
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