Who the hell is Terence McKenna?

Terence Kemp McKenna was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, author and advocate for use of psychedelic plants.

Books by Terence McKenna

Quotes by Terence McKenna

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles.”

Terence McKenna

“The hard swallow built into science is this business about the Big Bang. Now, let’s give this a little attention here. This is the notion that the universe, for no reason, sprang from nothing in a single instant. Well, now before we dissect this, notice that this is the limit test for credulity. Whether you believe this or not, notice that it is not possible to conceive of something more unlikely or less likely to be believed! I mean, I defy anyone – it’s just the limit case for unlikelihood, that the universe would spring from nothing in a single instant, for no reason?! – I mean, if you believe that, my family has a bridge across the Hudson River that we’ll give you a lease option for five dollars! It makes no sense. It is in fact no different than saying, 'And God said, let there be light'. And what these philosophers of science are saying is, give us one free miracle, and we will roll from that point forward – from the birth of time to the crack of doom! – just one free miracle, and then it will all unravel according to natural law, and these bizarre equations which nobody can understand but which are so holy in this enterprise. Well, I say then, if science gets one free miracle, then everybody gets one free miracle.”

Terence McKenna

“The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”

Terence McKenna