He had some interesting ideas although a lot of it is speculation. "Food of the Gods" is a classic though, even if you don't agree with the main thesis its at least worth a read if you have ever done or are interesting in psychedelics.
His theories were bullshit of course but I find them interesting anyway. He predicted we'd reach the technological singularity in 2012 and information would be doubling every nanosecond. And the stone ape stuff takes a big leap of faith.
Apparently he stopped using mushrooms in 1988 after a nightmare trip but continued to play the character expected of him in public. Like his lectures.
>>7561116 >Apparently he stopped using mushrooms in 1988 after a nightmare trip but continued to play the character expected of him in public. I'm pretty sure he said that doing drugs all the time wasn't good for you and at most you should do the harder stuff like once a year. I think the main lesson McKenna was trying to disseminate was that people should at least do hallucinogens once in their life, so as to have a frame of reference for something that was different from our normal, mundane experience.
An entertaining 'intellectual'. He's not rigorous, any academic who doesn't get overspecialized deserves some respect in my book. Gimmicky, annoying style, interesting but not particularly unique or profound substance.
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