Terence McKenna – Workshop, Esalen – December, 1994

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Episodes 347, 349, 351, 352 & 353 of The Psychedelic Salon Podcast www.matrixmasters.net/salon/

A weekend workshop given sometime in December, 1994
There is no correct title given for this talk but I’m guessing
it’s one of these three..,

‘Deeper and Broader Questions’
‘Eros, Chaos, and Meaning’s Edge’
‘Hot Concepts and Melting Edges’

…all presented at Esalen, 1994. Recorded by Dolphin Tapes.

If anyone was there or knows the correct title it would be nice to have it confirmed for posterity.


Terence Quotes:

“Our best efforts are nothing more than half-completed stories told around the campfire. We don’t actually know what our predicament is. We are up against a phenomenon which we can barely bring into focus in our cognitive sphere, and it’s the phenomenon of our own existence”

“These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.”

“Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy.”

“In other words, all these things you might cling to, Catholicism, democratic ideals, Hasidism, Marxism, Freudianism, all of these things are exposed [through use of psychedelics] as simply quaint cultural artifacts, tainted masks and rattles assembled by people of good intent but clearly not great grasp of the situation.”

“To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything.”

“For me, what all these years of psychedelic taking came to was a new model of how reality works, a new model of what the world is.”

“And what is the primary datum? It’s the felt presence of immediate experience. In other words, being here now is the primary datum.”

“We need a metaphor that can contain the demon of the future that we have conjured into being.”

“National governments are under paid, under staffed, and under talented.”

“Don’t worry. You don’t know enough to worry. . . . Who do you think you are that you should worry, for cryin’ out loud. It’s a total waste of time. It presupposes such a knowledge of the situation that it is, in fact, a form of hubris.”

“In the way that the 15th Century discovered the New World, the 20th Century discovered the parallel continuum.”

“The drugs of the future will be computers. The computers of the future will be drugs.”

“Our medium is meat, but we are made of information.”


Art: Alex Grey ‘Net Of Being’
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