posted on Dec, 7 2007 @ 02:07 PM
Terence McKenna, the psychedelic guru, died several years ago, but he continues to eke out a respectable existence on the Internet. His theories live
on in forums and on video exchange sites like YouTube. His most well known idea is that time can essentially be measured as a wave pattern of what he
called novelty. Novel periods in history are moments of transformation, such as the Renaissance or Industrial Revolution. His belief was that time is
speeding up, and the high points of novelty were coming more frequently and with greater intensity. He projected that humanity would reach a period of
infinite novelty some time around 2012. He always maintained, though, that it was just a theory.
McKenna thought culture was an effective means of controlling populations and constraining human potential so that the powers that be can remain
powerful. He advocated dropping out of mainstream culture, consuming "heroic doses" of psychedelic drugs, and exploring the spiritual inner
landscape in all its strangeness. For Mckenna, hallucinations were real and meaningful and the shamans had it right all along.