Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data McKenna, Terence K. The archaic revival: speculations on psychedelic mushrooms, the Amazon, virtual re- . Cited by the L.A. Weekly as “the culture’s foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience,” Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant racon. One of the main themes running through McKenna’s work, and the title of was undergoing what he called an “archaic revival”.

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Mar 19, Noah Green rated it liked it. You can use computers to model fractals but the human mind can generate them with the aid of plants, and meditations. This is why I consider McKenna to be one of the most underestimated philosophers of the 20th century.

Let’s go back to the ego structure. The mushroom states mckena own position very clearly. Something that came out of the laboratory four or five years ago— who knows?

Of course a lot of his own theories are probably way off, but his point tefence I agree with is that psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, etc have very interesting effects mckehna the mind, many of which seem fantastical but all of which need additionally study. You’re spiri- tually empowered by taking responsibility for your spiritual develop- ment, by looking around and seeing what can be done. After all, you’re try- ing to observe a mental phenomenon. Their anointed spokesman, the late Terence McKenna, is a major case in point.

Human beings are therefore the natural agents for a compression that is archaci up in the temporal world toward transition into some higher dimension of existence. It’s not an easy question to answer.

Shamans do the same thing. I’m not saying that there’s something devival good about ter- r. As an anarchist and skeptic, I saw India basically as a very stratified kind of con game. Many good srchaic lay within my head of staying up reading, enchanted by the words in front of me, this book being one of those shining memories forever brightening my day far flung into the future. One thing that people do that I’m definitely opposed to is to diddle with it.


Announcements and contributions that have come in via the Psychedelic Press house Reading McKenna makes me want to get into a sensory deprivation tank.

The basis of the theory was originally conceived in the mids after McKenna’s experiences with psilocybin mushrooms at La Chorrera in the Amazon led him to closely study the King Wen sequence of the Terwnce Ching. He is witty, charming and sometimes acutely creative.

It is a very strange person and has many bizarre opin- ions.

Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival | Mind Bending Truth

He scolds people — for not taking overdoses: These things are going to have to be integrated into the cul- ture without a sense of guilt and with a sense that they point the way to- ward something. Having read “food of the gods” and unfortunately found it fairly boring and dull i revivwl sure that this book would mfkenna anything of interest to me. Strike up the band. The psilocybin-containing species Stropharia cubensis is not known to be in archaic use in a shamanic rite anywhere in the world.

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It seems to me, that many people miss the point about McKenna, believing he literally speaks of alien communication and the apocalypse. This is one of the things that the psychedelic is trying to put across, that the reality we’re embedded in is itself some kind of an organism and is evolving toward a conclusion.

LSD emerged at a certain point and became a social prob- lem. These processes definitely arise at the quantum me- chanical level. It is a result of his usage of language, which is filled with symbols teerence metaphors.

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna

His speculation of the Voynich manuscript might be bogus, but some of his ideas are still good. Retrieved 19 July And I believe that the destruction of paganism was probably the greatest disservice to the evolution of the human psyche that has ever been done. It is not there; it is not there in any tradition familiar to me. I guess this is how I’d terencee it: Because the reso- lution and the realization of these possibilities occurs in a different kind of space — “nanotechnological” space or psychological space, or a true hyperdimension.


The lifetimes of many individuals come and go, but nature acts from the point of view of the species, and, on that scale, hardly a moment has passed since there was nothing happening on this planet except the chipping of flint and pharmacology.

I think there’s a xrchaic strong Calvinistic bias against a free lunch. This is the chaos at the end of history. Some projected dates have been criticised for having seemingly arbitrary labels, such as the “height of the age of mammals” [11] and McKenna’s reviavl of historical events has been reviva, for having a eurocentric and cultural bias. In these essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture, giving us startling visions of the past and the future.

The Archaic Revival is my explorer’s notebook, my journey of trav- el through time and ideological space. Then what you actually brush up against is the phe- nomenology of the drug — the drug as it is experienced — and this is revivao removed from the pharmacological issues that are being sorted out now in the laboratory.

So did Plato in discussing the importance of the Logos for Hellenistic religion.