Terrence McKenna – Psychedelics – What Science Forgot

Terrence McKenna – “Psychedelics: What Science Forgot”

provided by Lorenzo of psychedelicsalon.com (@psychedeliclozo on Twitter)

Having a great time listening to this one particularly in light of recent conversations with my friend Kiefer (of carbnite.com) on the physics-based arguments against the existence of free will.

My favorite excerpts:

starting around 40:00:

“…and isn’t it too bad that their culture is being blown up and traded in for mall culture, and shopping by remote; but in fact, ALL culture is being destroyed. ALL culture is being sold down the river by the sort of people who want to turn the entire planet into a sort of international arrival concourse! And that’s not the victory of somebody’s culture over somebody else’s culture. Nobody ever had a culture like that. That’s just the victory of schlockmeister and crapola over good taste and good sense.”

starting 41:00:

“…nobody’s in charge, not the IMF, the pope, the communist party the Jews, no no no. Nobody has their finger on what’s going on. So then, why hope? Isn’t it just a runaway train, out of control? I don’t think so! I think the out-of-control-ness is the most hopeful thing about it; after all, whose control is it out of?! You and I never controlled it in the first place! Why are WE anxious about the fact that it’s out of control! I think if it’s out of control, then our side is winning!”

starting 43:01:

“Every model of the universe has a hard swallow… a place where the argument cannot hide the fact that there’s something slightly fishy about it.

The hard swallow built into science is this business about the Big Bang… this is the notion that the universe, for no reason, sprang from nothing, in a single instant. Well, before we dissect this notion, notice that this is the limit test for credulity. Whether you believe this or not, notice that it is not possible to conceive of something more unlikely, or less likely to be believed. …it’s just the limit case for unlikelihood, that the universe would spring from nothing in a single instant for no reason? … it makes no sense. It is in fact no different than saying, ‘And God said, let there be light.’

And what the philosophers of Science are saying is, ‘Give us one free miracle, and we will roll from that point forward from the birth of Time to the crack of Doom! Just one free miracle.’ And then it will all unravel according to natural Law and these bizarre equations which nobody can understand but which are so holy in this enterprise.

Well, I say, then, if Science gets one free miracle, then everybody gets one free miracle. And I perceive that it is true when you build these large-scale cosmogonic theories, that you have to have a kind of an umbilical cord, or a point to start from that is different from all other points in the system.

So, if we have to have a singularity in our modeling of what reality is, let’s make it as modest and as non-unlikely a singularity as possible. The singularity that arises for no reason in absolutely empty space, instantly, is the least likely of all singularities. Doesn’t it seem more likely, if we have to have a singularity, that it occurs in a domain, with a rich history, with many causal streams feeding in to the situation that nurtures the complexity?

In other words, if you have to have a singularity, doesn’t it make more sense to put it at the end of a cosmogonic process, than at the beginning?”

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