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Terrence McKenna (1946-2000)

 

I stumbled upon a youtube video of McKenna discussing his "TimeWave" theory that he developed from studying the King Wen sequence of the I Ching while high on hallucinogenic mushrooms.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkK_xHU57Cw

 

I don't know what to make of this. His postulation of a "novelty" wave (a wave through time that models "novelty" [change] with the apex corresponding to periods of great change and the nadir corresponding to  periods of little change) is brilliant. His discussions with the "mushroom man" are hilarious. He seems a perfect combination of genius and insane.

 

He has a book called "The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching" that I will almost certainly purchase and read.

 

Has anyone else heard of this man? Any thoughts on his ideas?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna

 

An interesting chap who followed the path of the shaman using hallucinogens to induce altered states of consciousness. Looking at photographs he appears to have the unfocused eyes of the mentally unbalanced and his is not a path that I would follow.

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The use of drugs so as to alter consciousness will always be a temptation but outside shamanic rites I am doubtful that they are a means to long term results (positive results that is, as a means to produce long term baleful effects they may prove exemplary).

 

McKenna died of a form of brain cancer and he was concerned that his 35 year cannabis habit may have contributed to his demise. Whilst his Consultant told him that it did not one has to wonder. All in all he is an interesting fellow to read about but I would not recommend following his path.

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Yes - some time ago I collected all kinds of theories (serious and lunatic) about the logical/mathematical/scientific underpinnings of the I Ching. McKenna's book is one of them. There are some serious problems with this theory, see: http://www.secretsofcreation.com/2012.html

 

A good general overview of English books and articles on the I Ching is given in: https://www.crcpress.com/I-Ching-An-Annotated-Bibliography/Hacker-Moore/p/book/9781138873346

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4 hours ago, Zwerver said:

Yes - some time ago I collected all kinds of theories (serious and lunatic) about the logical/mathematical/scientific underpinnings of the I Ching. McKenna's book is one of them. There are some serious problems with this theory, see: http://www.secretsofcreation.com/2012.html

 

Thank you for the link. The article was helpful. Despite the debunking of this theories, I shall still buy and read his book, and possibly the software. I wonder if the source code to the software is available.. that would be quite interesting to look at.

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