Terence McKenna On Ancient Gnosticism & The LSD Revolution of the 1960s

Terence McKenna – On LSD

In this excerpt, the great noetic archaeologist, American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, and lecturer Terence McKenna describes the substance Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and its social ramifications since the 1960s.

Terence McKenna – On Gnosticism

Here Terence discusses his views on the Nag Hammadi Library, dualism, the archipelago of Gnosticisms throughout antiquity, and more.

Note: the historical facts and opinions given in this talk are those of Terence alone and by no means reflect those of their poster (well… at least not entirely – much new research has been done on the subject of Gnosticism since Terence recorded this talk, and off the top of my head I can think of a handful of mistakes he makes unintentionally – think for yourself – please do your own research. Otherwise, they are great talks from a great speaker. R.I.P. Terence)

A Few Recommended Readings:

Yates. Frances. Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. 1964.

Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Scholem, Gershom G. Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition. Philadelphia: Maurice Jacobs, 1965.

Rasimus, Tuomas. “Ophite Gnosticism, Sethianism, and the Nag Hammadi Library.” Vigiliae Christianae 59 (3), 2005: 235-263.

Hoeller, Stephan A. The Gnostic Society Library: The Nag Hammadi Library. March 13, 2014. http://gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl.html (accessed May 16, 2014).


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