Terence McKenna | Culture is Your Operating System

by Alex

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Terence McKenna was a writer and philosopher whose main area of focus was the study of the origin of human consciousness.

McKenna became a popular (yet controversial) counterculture figure in the 80s and 90s. The controversy stemmed both from his theories (the most famous being the “Stoned Aped Theory” – see video below.), and his exploration of altered states and endorsement of psychedelic drugs.

Here is are two short videos that cover some of his ideas:

Culture is Your Operating System (8 minutes)

Terence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory (as explained by comedian Joe Rogan). This is actually pretty hilarious! This one is about 4 minutes.

Terence McKenna bio on Wikipedia.

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Posted on Saturday, July 4th, 2009

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Tom Cash March 25, 2010 at 5:36 am

I strongly endorse any site that wishes to share McKenna’s wisdom with the world, but I do have a small gripe! You forgot one of his most amazing and important ideas: Novelty Theory!

Granted, Novelty Theory is a little more difficult to understand and break down into bite-sized chunks, especially in this day and age, but I personally feel that taking the time to really get it is well worth it. Given the amount of anticipation and anxiety surrounding 12/21/2012 11:11 GMT, I think its worthwhile to widely disseminate any information on the topic (aside from the poorly packaged, fear mongering nonsense you can find on the History Channel most nights).

Alex April 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

@Tom, thank you for that. It’s true I’ve only heard bits and pieces about Novelty Theory. But I want to understand it a little better, because honesty, it makes my brain hurt a little – LOL.

I plan on eventually doing a post on it though. Thanks for your comment.

Steve December 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for sharing more of Mr Mckenna’s wisdom with the world. There needs to be some more modern thinkers of his standard of mind and speaking skills to help ‘out there’ ideas flourish.

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