Quotable McKenna

20 01 2009

“Jump into the abyss and discover it’s a feathered bed.”

“We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises
itself as an extraterrestrial invasion so as not to alarm us.”

“Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliment, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon. And I think we’ve come to a place with this psycedelic issue. And we have the gay community as a model, and all the other communities, the ethnic communities. We simply have to say, Look: LSD has been around for fifty years now, we just celebrated the birthday. It ain’t going away. WE are not going away. We are not slack-jawed, dazed, glazed, unemployable psychotic creeps. We are pillars of society. You can’t run your computers, your fashion houses, your publishing houses, your damn magazines, you can do anything in culture without psycedelic people in key positions. And this is the great unspoken of American Creativity. So I think it’s basicly time to just come out of the closet and go, ‘You know what, I’m stoned, and I’m proud.”

“In the Amazon and other places where visionary plants are understood and used, you are conveyed into worlds that are appallingly different from ordinary reality. Their vividness cannot be stressed enough. They are more real than real, and that’s 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 a tremendous challenge to the intellectual structures that have carried us so far during the last thousand years. We can do tricks with atoms, there’s no question about that, but these tricks immolate us. The higher-order structure of molecules, let alone organelles and that kind of thing, is intellectual incognita to us. We have no notion of how these things work or what is going on. Yet it is from those levels that the constituent modalities of reality are being laid down.”

-Terence McKenna

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21 01 2009
Duffalo

Which talks are these from? I have gigs of mp3s, and I know I’ve heard them before, but I really want to isolate the audio of these for a project. Can anyone help me out?

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