The Cosmic Serpent

  DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, 2nd Printing (Originally published in 1998), New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 2003. The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby is an extraordinary and refreshing book. Written from the perspective of an anthropologist, the book unveils many myths in that science when it goes out ‘to meet the other’, and return to declare the peoples… Continue reading The Cosmic Serpent

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Ayahuasca

  Human Consciousness and the Spirits of Nature, New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999. Ayahuasca is a fascinating reader presenting personal experiences with the sacred Ayahuasca brew, and it’s a most valuable resource for both researchers and those interested in a spiritual voyage. In addition to this invaluable source material, the introduction and comments by the… Continue reading Ayahuasca

The Invisible Landscape

  Mind Hallucinogens and the I Ching, New York: HarperCollins, 1993. The Invisible Landscape is the most esoteric of the three Terence McKenna books reviewed here. Many of the topics he treats in his other books, he treats here as well, but he presents them under a slightly different light, or in more subtle language. His… Continue reading The Invisible Landscape

Food of the Gods

  The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers, 1993. Food of the Gods of perhaps the best book Terence McKenna has written, and I have read it with an enthusiastic participation that I have rarely experienced in my literary life. It was… Continue reading Food of the Gods

The Archaic Revival

  Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFO’s, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1992. In The Archaic Revival, Terence McKenna lays the groundwork for something like a psychedelic culture, a society based on new values. In the etiology of the group alienation that… Continue reading The Archaic Revival

Your Brain is God

  Berkeley, CA: Ronin Publishing, 2001, Author Copyright, 1968. Your Brain is God by Timothy Leary is an unusual book. When pondering how to characterize it, it came spontaneously to mind to call it a Manifesto. I can’t think of another expression for describe the frantic speed of Leary’s diction, his highly affirmative style, his wit… Continue reading Your Brain is God

The Cosmic Game

  Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness, New York: New York State University Press, 1998. The Cosmic Game is perhaps Stanislav Grof’s best book. It is written in fluent style, summarizes the most important of his LSD research and his research with holotropic states, and is not grappling with conceptual issues as the ones reviewed… Continue reading The Cosmic Game