Comments on: The Terence McKenna Thing https://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/2012/10/30/the-terence-mckenna-thing/ Psychedelic Musings from the Center of the Universe Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:54:07 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 By: Isaac https://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/2012/10/30/the-terence-mckenna-thing/comment-page-1/#comment-46616 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:54:07 +0000 http://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/?p=416#comment-46616 McKenna ultimately had a scientific attitude towards reality. And a huge part of science is discourse- discourse grounded in making a claim with which it is possible to disagree.
I think he made preposterous claims in order to inspire skepticism, disagreement, and independant thinking in his audience. He frequently reinforced the notion that everyone had to do their own personal investigation, and even went on polemics about gullibility.
This is not betrayal, it is intellectual challenge.

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By: Elfstone https://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/2012/10/30/the-terence-mckenna-thing/comment-page-1/#comment-44345 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:18:32 +0000 http://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/?p=416#comment-44345 I met Terence in 1987 in Chicago, after several years of corresponding with him. He was definitely a delightfully witty and entertaining bard of the mushroom. That he had a challenging experience in 1988 and did not feel the call to continue working with the mushroom in the same way does not surprise me. The experiences with the mushroom teacher are deep and powerful, sometimes unfolding over decades, not just the few hours following ingestion. This is an ancient tradition and we are just beginners in understanding the power of this amazing teacher. I bow to Terence for his courage and willingness to support people who are called to this ancient path. That was his mission in life and he performed it very very well. I would advise people, however, to be cautious about blindly following his high-dose advice, and combining it with high dose cannabis. Terence had a cannabis habit that he could not let go of, and it definitely had an influence on his rap. The mushroom teacher, at least in my experience, has something to say and the message comes through most clearly when there is no other noise factor getting in the way. In fact, in my experience, the mushroom made it very clear that in order for the deeper visions to be vouchsafed, it was necessary for me to let go of all self-destructive habits. The spirit in the mushroom has been true to its word and, unlike Terence, I continue working with it now as I enter my 6th decade on this Earth.

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