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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...

8.12.14

Psilocybin, the Mushroom, and Terence McKenna

"The mushroom speaks, and our opinions rest upon what it tells eloquently of itself in the cool night of the mind."

8.5.14

DMT: You Cannot Imagine a Stranger Drug or a Stranger Experience

"Why this is not four-inch headlines on every newspaper on the planet I cannot understand, because I don't know what news you were waiting for, but this is the news that I was waiting for." —Terence McKenna on DMT

7.29.14

Death and the Imagination

This installment of Tao of Terence presents a collection of McKenna's thoughts on death and the imagination, presented in the style of one of his lectures.

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...

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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...