Terence McKenna is one of my alltime favourite people. I hold him in very high esteem. An unbelievably intelligent, deep, complex, unique, insightful, sagacious individual. He was talking about stuff back in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s that we’re only just starting to get-to-grips-with today: A.I, The Singularity, DMT, ayahuasca, quantum physics and so on and so forth. He is a luminary, a genius who was many lightyears ahead of his time.
A true polymath, he was a jack-of-many-trades and a disciple of manifold studies: Lepidopterist/urban shaman/psychonaut/botanist/entheogenist/mycologist/technoenthusiast/psychologist/writer/poet/artist/teacher/orator/traveller/anthropologist/environmentalist/chemist/hippy/raver/sesquipedalian/linguist/soothsayer/pioneer/truthseeker/humanist/raconteur/biologist....
Terence approached the psychedelic experience with an open, astute, logical, observant mind. He explored the realms of DMT and psilocybin etc. in a lab coat with a clipboard like a true scientist, and he extrapolated data. He has tripped on the local hallucinogen of just about every tribe left in the world, encompassing many thousands of miles around the globe on his mission and many lightyears through innerspace and transcendental space. Never was there a more courageous and fearless psychonaut as T. McKenna.
The Archaic Revival is nothing short of a manifesto for the 21st Century and beyond. In it, Terence shines his illuminating mind on a whole cross-section of subjects: artificial intelligence, virtual reality, evolution, environmental issues, shamanism, the “new age”, spirituality, modern science, The Voynich Manuscript, plant intelligence, and a very interesting take on the U.F.O phenomena. This is probably one of the most important books released last century and I believe it will only become more apparent over the coming decades. McKenna is the Tesla of psychedelics. Reading this book is almost as mind-altering an experience as the chemicals espoused within it! His most important work ‘Food of the Gods’ is also essential reading. And Terence has many talks and lectures on YouTube and a very, very mellifluous voice!