August 26, 2008

on Looking for Aliens For those unfamiliar with his work, McKenna was known principally as a spokesperson for the Sacred Mushroom [although he would probably have not used the term] made known to the West by the work of Gordon Wasson , and his meeting with Eva Mendeza , [a pseudonym used to protect, unsucessfully, the privacy of Maria Sabina] a mushroom curandera of Mexico. Terrence McKenna's ideas at the outset may appear particularly outlandish, but over and over he displays such erudition, and lays out his case so reasonably, with such voluminous insight into the history of science and it's methods, that he shows clearly the irrationality of science's position insofar as exploration of contact with other sentience in our biosphere. He remains for me one of the most sensible, interesting and amusing voices of the 20th century and, and although I do not agree with everything he says, I heartily recommend an exploration of his prodigious output if you would care to be delighted by the manner in which the word can stretch and shape previously constricting world views. ... I heartily recommend listening to the whole talk here , but Terrence's closing remarks demonstrate clearly the myopic view, with a tendency towards glorifying science and demonising nature, that prevent us as a culture from apprehending solutions and ways of addressing current cultural crises which are literally under our noses. <object classid="clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B" width="240" height="16" codebase=""> <param name="src" value=" looking for aliens.mp3" /> <param name="autoplay" value="false" /> <param name="controller" value="true" /> <embed src=" looking for aliens.mp3" width="240" height="16" autoplay="false" controller="true" pluginspage=""> </embed> </object>

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