Tao of Terence

    • 9.24.14

      A Chronology of Terence McKenna-Related Books, Ideas, People, and Other Things

      Combining Terence McKenna’s attraction toward history, his focus on memes, and his perspective that “the world is made of language,” I created a chronological list of 30 McKenna-related books, ideas, people, and other things that I haven’t yet written...

    • 9.16.14

      Psychedelic Drugs, Art, Music, and Other Drugs: An Interview with Finn McKenna

      I talked to Terence McKenna's son, Finn, about a wide range of topics including LSD, H.P. Lovecraft, London, visionary art, and "a revolutionary musical video game that will immerse players in a psychedelic experience."

    • 9.9.14

      'The Butterfly Hunter' by Klea McKenna

      When Terence McKenna died in 2000, his belongings included his art, his books, and, among other things, an insect collection. In 2008, his daughter, Klea McKenna, wishing to preserve his insect collection, published a book featuring 122 insects that...

    • 9.2.14

      Dennis and Terence McKenna: Parts of an Intellectual Dyad

      In 1970, Terence McKenna and his brother, Dennis, traveled to the Colombian Amazon in search of a DMT-containing plant. Instead, they took psilocybin mushrooms which involved “building a hyper-dimensional vehicle out of the 4-D transformation of...

    • 8.26.14

      Why Are Psychedelics Illegal?

      Terence McKenna viewed cannabis, psilocybin, DMT, LSD, and other psychedelics as “catalysts of intellectual dissent.” He believed that they were illegal “not because it troubles anyone that you have visions” but because “there is something about them...

    • 8.19.14

      Cannabis: The Central Practice of Terence McKenna’s Life

      "I’m an inveterate cannabis user, and I wish in a way that I could get a slightly better grip on my cannabis use, because I think the real way to do cannabis is like once a week, by yourself, in silent darkness, with the strongest stuff you can get...

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    • 7.22.14

      One Version of 'One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life'

      The public story of Terence McKenna’s life—in my view, and by my estimates—is a ~450-page book, which could be titled 'One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life.' The following is my eight-page, fractal-inflected, short-story-esque version of that...

    • 7.15.14

      Terence McKenna's Memes

      Last week, in the first installment of this series, I told the story of how I first encountered Terence McKenna. This week, I’ve organized a list of my 30 favorite Terence McKenna memes.

    • 7.8.14

      Beyond "Existentialism"

      I learned of Terence McKenna on September 14, 2012, when I was 29 years old. Over the following week or so I watched footage of him on YouTube for probably ~30 hours and have been fascinated by him ever since. Now, almost two years later, you’re...