187-McKenna: "The Ethnobotany of Shamanism" Part 1

by Ongs Hat on June 17, 2009

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In today’s podcast, which was recorded at a small workshop held at CIIS in San Francisco on November 5, 1988, we hear Terence McKenna talk about some of his boyhood experiences that he feels led him into the world of psychedelic exploration. And then he goes on to briefly describe his years of travel while posing as a butterfly collector, eventually leading him to the Amazon. He then goes on to give his 1988 version of what he thought the psychedelic experience actually was, and he reads the titles of some of his favorite books. Among other McKennisims in this podcast: “What it [investigating psychedelics] really requires is a love of the peculiar, of the weird, the bizarre, the étrange, the freaky and unimaginable.”

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