4 scintillating minutes from the late, great, Terence McKenna, one of the very finest and most original minds of our times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGSq0BCXaiw
Listen past the fun bit on trilobites to around 1 min 27 secs in where he makes a really important point about personality cults and gurus: “I know that I don’t know anything more than you know. Really… There are no experts. There is only the integrity of doing and having done.” I agree with what Terence has to say here completely.

By the way, please ignore the various attempts that have been made to smear Terence’s name by those consciously or unconsciously serving the mind-control agenda of State agencies. Terence was a free spirit, with a powerful voice, a real threat to the establishment, and the establishment uses all manner of nefarious means and disinformation to taint and destroy the reputations of free spirits with powerful voices.

I never knew Terence personally but it has been my privilege in recent years to become close friends with his brother Dennis McKenna, a lovely, good-hearted, eloquent man who continues to carry the McKenna torch. Dennis has kindly organised this speaking event for me in St Paul MN on the evening of 11 December: http://brotherhoodofthescreamingabyss.com/event/an-evening-with-graham-hancock/.

For details of my other upcoming events in the US and Canada through mid-December, see here: http://grahamhancock.com/events/

4 thoughts on “McKenna”

  1. claudia zachmann says:

    Dear Graham, I follow your work since long – even though with some breaks and interruption. I admire your clear and sincere way of presenting your important findings. Right now I just want to thank you for this reminder of Terence McKenna whose talks I have been watching many times too, during the past years. My impression of him is the same as yours. What I would like to add though, is – regarding personality cults, gurus and other such phenomena: We have a choice, in every moment. We might not know this, – so we have to learn it. What appears in “front” of us is nothing but reality – WE choose how the interpretation. This is what I learnt myself in many years and different experiences. It boils down to the fact that we always can play the part of a victim or not. Warm greetings from Germany, Claudia

  2. Jim Brannon says:


    Having spent much of the past few years listening to Terence’s lectures and now in the process of reading Dennis’ fabulous memoir on their lives “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss” I must agree with what you have stated in your post. I can’t help but observe that both you and Terence spoke about Gnosticism and the Demiurge and I have suspected how some malevolent forces may compose the “establishment” that discount these ideas and keep us in a state of ignorance. We are very lucky to now have a medium, the Internet, what Terence anticipated far in advance of many others having a profound effect on how ideas are shared and cannot be censored or discredited so easily. It now seems to me that knowledge and freedom can overcome the ignorance and close-minded nature of the ivory towers and hopefully we can avoid or avert the sort of cataclysm you mention in Magicians of the Gods (just ordered it today, by the way, very excited to read it) before the cycle of amnesia repeats. Thank you for the work you do, I intend on following in yours and Terence’s footsteps as great synthesizers of information in an age of misinformation with my own research and work. You inspire me with your courage. Looking forward to the next time you have an event in the Southern California area.

    Best wishes to you and yours, sincerely,
    Jim Brannon

  3. Steve Maxson says:

    Wish I could talk to you tonight in Denver at the Tattered Cover! I am reading Magicians, and found your description of the “Incan” sites intriguing. (A bit off topic here–sorry!) I recall reading perhaps 40 years ago of some stone fences in southern England known to have been built centuries ago, and the burnt lime mortar between the stones had over the years turned back into (lime)stone! So, one possibility (there are probably tests) is that the giant stones were poured long ago from burnt limestone (destroying any fossils in the limestone in the lime kiln)that had been rehydrated and poured much as we would pour cement, and which over long periods of time had turned back into “limestone.”

    Thanks for the reminder about Terence! Always an enjoyable voice. Again, sorry for the off topic comment.

  4. Daniel Archer says:

    No experts? That is pure nonsense. I do not like that you Graham are aggrandizing this Terence McKenna, a self confessed spook.

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