As you make your way into what are called the “corridors of power,” you discover they’re remarkably uncrowded and there are no waiting lines at the water fountains. There doesn’t seem to be anybody really running the show above the level which just makes sure that UPS delivers on time. Above there, where you would think there would be—you know, in the captain’s tower—there’s a kind of eerie emptiness.

Terence McKenna

Born: November 16, 1946

Died: April 3, 2000 (Age 53)

Terence Kemp McKenna was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, environmentalism, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was called the Timothy Leary of the nineties, one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism, and the “intellectual voice of rave culture.”

For a much more comprehensive database of McKenna's lectures and presentations, visit Ask Terence McKenna. It's a fantastic website!

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A Weekend with Terence McKenna
Lecture
August 1993
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The session for true McKenna enthusiasts: twelve hours with the bard himself, in which he touches upon practically all of his trademark topics. Recorded at the Esalen Institute in California.
Appreciating Imagination
Lecture
1994
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A workshop conducted at Esalen in 1994.
Build Your Own Damn Wagon
Lecture
June 29, 1994
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Delivered at a workshop in Esalen.
Building a Planetary Nervous System
Lecture
August 1997
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The sixth and final meeting in the Our Cyberspiritual Future workshop session held at Esalen.
Conversations on the Edge of Magic
Lecture
July 22, 1994
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Terence’s first workshop at Starwood Festival XIV, held at the Brushwood Center southwest of Sherman, New York. Terence brings a unique perspective to being in the world that assumes an impending transformation of the human world that will involve everyone. With humor and in depth we will examine human attitudes toward the Other, time and its mysteries, the nature of language, and the techniques of ecstasy that have developed in non-Western societies to navigate to and from invisible worlds. We will discuss making reasonable choices about spiritual development and techniques. Terence explains that what he calls the 'Archaic Revival' is the process of reawakening awareness of traditional attitudes toward nature, including plants and our relationship to them. The Archaic Revival spells the eventual breakup of the pattern male dominance and hierarchy bassed on animal organization, something that cannot be changed overnight by a sudden shift in collective awareness. This is a think-along experience for those who have taken a few moments to chill out from the dance of life. For more information, see the Program Flyer.
Culture and Ideology are not Your Friends
Lecture
April 1999
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Delivered at the Whole Life Expo in Denver, Terence focuses on one of his favorite questions: what does it mean to be human in this cosmos?
Dreaming Awake at the End of Time
Lecture
December 13, 1998
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Join Terence in Fort Mason, California, for an eclectic think along the deconstruction of the deepening worldwide weirdness. With his characteristic hope and humor, McKenna examined time and its mysteries, the nature of language, the techniques of ecstasy, high technology and virtual cyberspace, the role of hallucinogenic plants in shamanism and the evolution of human cultures, and the foundations of postmodern spirituality.
Ecology of Souls
Lecture
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Beginning with a comparison of reason and logic to intuition, Terence works his way towards exploring the idea of a purposeful goal in the universe which evolution is progressing towards, and humanity's role in this journey. Next, in a nod to the solstice which occurred at the time of the lecture, he plays with the idea of a precessional calendar and argues that it would remind us of the one constant in life, which is flux. Q&A topics include future social myths, morphogenesis, globalization, and psychedelic encounters with the dead.
Eros and the Eschaton
Lecture
March 25, 1994
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Delivered in Kane Hall at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Evolving Times
Lecture
April 29, 1995
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This evening address in Sacramento is one of Terence’s funniest, in which much is said about monkeys, mushrooms, plants, and people. The question and answer session gets good and lively, with his unique analysis of UFOs, governments, and possible evolutionary pathways for us and the planet.
From Psychedelics to Cybernetics
Discussion
September 13, 1990
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Timothy Leary invited Terence McKenna to this evening lecture held at the Feuerwache in Mannheim, Germany.
Global Perspectives and Psychedelic Poetics
Lecture
1993
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This lecture was given to a small gathering of people in New York.
Linear Societies and Nonlinear Drugs
Lecture
1999
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Delivered at the 1999 Palenque Ethnobotany Conference.
Prague Gnosis (Part 1)
Discussion
June 1992
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Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, this two-part series features Terence McKenna in dialogue with some of the foremost thinkers of the Global Consciousness movement of the time: Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Kenneth Ring, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, David Whyte and Alexander Shulgin.
Prague Gnosis (Part 2)
Discussion
June 1992
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Shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, this two-part series features Terence McKenna in dialogue with some of the foremost thinkers of the Global Consciousness movement of the time: Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Kenneth Ring, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, David Whyte and Alexander Shulgin.
Rap Dancing into the Third Millennium
Lecture
July 23, 1994
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Terence’s second workshop at Starwood Festival XIV, held at the Brushwood Center southwest of Sherman, New York. The approaching new millenium, its perils, and its promise will be the theme of this intimate workshop. We will analyze and review the past thousand years with an eye to trends and opportunities that the future may bring. Western civilization is caught in a phase transition to the first planet-wide, species-wide civilization. Does the emergence of a shared set of universal values—democracy, free markets, and the dignity of the individual—have to mean the end of diversity and pluarlism? What does human self-imaging through technology portend to each of us? Is the human race down for the count, or on the brink of its greatest adventure? Psychedelics, virtual reality, and the transformative power of magic and language will be topics for discussion. For more information, see the Program Flyer.
The Edge Runner
Lecture
May 1990
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A presentation revolving around the question: what is going on in the universe? Special emphasis is given to the human condition, the accelerating complexification of the cosmos, and options for the human collectivity as it faces the future.
The Evolutionary Mind
Discussion
June 6, 1998
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What could have been the cause for the breakthrough in the evolution of human consciousness around 50,000 years ago? Part of the Trialogues at the Edge of the Unthinkable.
The Nature of Nature
Lecture
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The Primacy of Direct Experience
Lecture
June 1994
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In this, the closing session of a June 1994 workshop, Terence McKenna tells us directly what he thinks this human life is actually about: the primacy of direct experience; a focus on the present-at-hand.
The Rites of Spring
Lecture
April 1986
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Delivered at the Ojai Foundation in California.
Towards the Unknown
Discussion
June 10, 1983
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Vertigo at History’s Edge
Lecture
April 1994
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A lecture held at the Open Center in New York City with the subtitle “Nothing comes unannounced.”




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