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From the Archives

Terence McKenna at Esalen Institute in 1989

Filmed June 19, 1989 at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
Premiered April 3, 2020

Terence McKenna passed away on April 3, 2000. Twenty years later, we honored him around the world in an online tribute event. On April 3, 2020, we premiered this never-released video of Terence lecturing at Esalen Institute in 1989.

After the video, we streamed a virtual fireside chat with Dennis McKenna and Erik Davis.

Terence McKenna was a cultural commentator, speaker, author, raconteur, and curious mind who became an iconic figure for the psychedelic community throughout the 80s and 90s. His provocative ideas about the role of psychedelic mushrooms in human evolution, and his notions about the nature of time, which became known as Novelty Theory, attracted wide attention. His talks and lectures, many still accessible online, led some to characterize him as the ‘Bard’ of psychedelia, and the ideas he articulated are still very much part of the contemporary conversation.

Filmed by Noelle Imparato, PhD

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