Terence McKenna (1946-2000) spent twenty-five years in exploring ‘the ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation’ and is as a specialist in the ethnomedicine of the Amazon basin. He is coauthor, with his brother Dennis, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching, and author of the forthcoming Food of the Gods.
—From: The Archaic Revival (Back Cover)
Reviews of The Archaic Revival
Scholar, theoretician, explorer, dreamer, pioneer, fanatic, and spellbinder, as well as ontological tailor, McKenna combines an erudite, if somewhat original, overview of history with a genuinely visionary approach to the millennium. The result is a cyclone of unorthodox ideas capable of lifting almost any brain out of its cognitive Kansas.
—Tom Robbins, from the Foreword
As wordsmith and logos laser [McKenna] stews his conceptional imagination in language so potent that doors open into evolutionary destiny and possible worlds. A radically innovative natural philosophy is offered here, one that inspires a new ecology of inner and outer space.
—Jean Houston, PhD, Director, Foundation for Mind Research, author of The Possible Human and The Search for the Beloved
[McKenna’s] ideas are rare jewels discovered during expeditions to the heights and depths of inner space. (…) The Archaic Revival is flammable to the drybrush and deadwood of the intellect. In the twilight of human history, McKenna’s prescription for salvation is just so crazy it might work.
—Alex Grey, artist, author of Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey
|Terence McKenna (1946—2000) has been studying the ontological foundations of Shamanism and the Ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation for the past quarter century. An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, Terence has emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement and the emergent societal tendency he calls The Archaic Revival. Poetically dispensing enlightened social criticism and new theories of the fractal dynamics of time, Terence deobfuscates many aspects of the visionary lexicon, and then some. As Artist Alex Grey suggests, “In the twilight of human history, McKenna’s prescription for salvation is just so crazy it might work.”
The three McKenna books I have chosen to review are jewels both in their quality as literary oeuvres and their value as testimonies of one of the greatest mind explorers of our times.