Terence McKenna Culture and Ideology are Not Your Friends

Terence McKenna Culture and Ideology are Not Your Friends



can you all hear is that good can you hear is that working for you great okay well it's a pleasure to be here it's always a pleasure to speak for the whole life Expo because they turn out interesting people my own special brand of freaks and then those who wander the halls in search of enlightenment from multi-vise suppositories and what-have-you and we're always happy to enlighten them before I get into the bulk of my thing I hope you each got one of these things as you came in these are two events one is an old favorite in fact as I look out over this crowd I see many familiar faces from these Mexico get-togethers which have been going on now for about eight years if you're interested in ethnobotany psychedelic plants shamanism ethno chemistry ethno archeology of psychedelic archaeology this is probably the place where you have more people who are experts in this field under one tent than anywhere else Jonathan are the author of Formica Theon Rob Montgomery manuel torres christian reg the german methanol anthropologist all kinds of people come to this thing and it's held in palenque within long distance of the ruins each year and it's the height of mushroom season and I need say no more about that so if you can join us and then in this past year at Palenque speaking with Manolo with manuel torres and and ken Symington we decided that the psychedelic community was ready to attempt to take the next step in legitimizing itself in the in the general cultural dialogue and we felt that the place that hasn't really been honored or or sufficiently brought to people's attention is the incredible role that psychedelics have played since the fifties in the art world in the world of painting music composition performance dance so forth and so on and so this september 12 to 17 on the big island of hawaii we're going to have a smaller conference a hundred people only and we invited major contributors to the art scene to come out of the closet and and affirm the impact of psychedelics on their creative processes and we have people such as alex grey the painter robert vanozza who's a boulder painter brilliant international painter Annie sprinkle the performance artist Tom Robbins the novelist who's just finished I talked to him on the phone yesterday I'm having dinner with him in Seattle tomorrow night he's just finished the longest Tom Robbins novel ever written so Tom Robbins fans take note who else mark Pesce Bruce Damer these are cyberspace folks louis john Carlino who did the movie resurrection and the sailor who fell from grace with the sea if you're if you are a psychedelic artist collector dealer or enthusiast and you want to hang with these people please consider this conference that's all the commercial and self-aggrandizing stuff i want to talk about on to the main event the way this will work is all talk for a while and then we'll do questions for a while and then it will be over and then I'll go down to the bookstore and if anybody needs to speak to me or or have a book signed please please come down there okay I used to prepare these things in anticipation of vast oceans of faces to be uplifted since the oceans of faces are practically speaking more like small ponds I've realized that this is these are really conversations around and about one subject only which is what in the world is going on what is going on I mean what does it mean to be incarnate in a human body at the end of the 20th century in a squirrely culture like this trying to make sense of your your heritage your opportunities the contents of the culture the contents of your own mind is it possible to have an overarching viewpoint that is not somehow canned or cultish or self limited in its approach in other words is it possible to cultivate an open mind and sanity in the kind of society and psychological environment that we all share and it grows daily and weekly as you know harder to do this weirder to integrate more on your plate to assimilate and I certainly don't have final or even merely final answers I think it all lies in posing the questions in a certain way in feeling the data in a certain way and one of the things I try to convince people is it's not necessary to achieve closure with this stuff and in fact any ideological or belief system that offers closure meaning final answers is sure to be wrong sure to be self-limiting sure to be inadequate to the fact so one of the ideas I'd like to put out is that and it may seem strange in this menu but perhaps not the idea that ideology is not our friend it is not a matter of choosing from a smorgasbord of ideologies and rejecting the flawed the self contradictory and this over simple in favor of the un– flawed the complex enough where is it ripped in adamantine but semi carnivorous monkeys can or should be capable of understanding reality that seems to me one of the first delusions of and one of the more prideful illusions of human culture that a final understanding is possible in the first place better I think to try and frame questions which can endure questions which can endure and leave off searching for answers because answers are like operating systems they're being upgraded faster than you can keep up with it I want to mention just a couple of things that are happening to sort of set the context I mean this is the stuff I worry about or think about in the last 10 days if you have not been paying attention because the news has certainly been offering many different matters to claim your attention but in the last 10 days a new solar system a new star system with three giant planets has been discovered so this is a multiple planet solar system in epsilon Andromeda 244 light-years away what does that mean to us well it means that solar systems like our own are probably as as common as popcorn on a theater floor no reason to think not in fact right now we know of 20 planets outside the solar system twice as many as we know inside the solar system so we're living in a different world than everybody was living in even just five years ago science is lifting veils and opening doorways on a universe so vast so strange so counterintuitive that it's literally all you can do to keep up here's another factoid there are now more square miles of territory in virtual reality than the entire surface of the earth virtual reality is now larger than this planet I don't know if you spend much time in VR I spend a little time there I was at looking at alpha world before I left Hawaii the opening screen is from 25,000 feet above alpha world the entire thing cannot fit on the screen Denver would fit on the screen at an altitude of 25,000 feet you could see the outline suburb but alpha world won't fit that's how large a single world of virtual reality is and there are hundreds if not thousands being built being expanded being edited and changed as we speak we're now just a hair's breadth away from there being six billion people on this planet again I checked on the internet before I left for something like a hundred million short so by the time I get back to Hawaii in a month we'll be over the six billion mark then just to touch on a few things the strongest hallucinogen known to science is legal free and easily grown totally limited in its distribution its accessibility I'm talking about alpha stealth and Noreen now quantum teleportation has been achieved and is moving out of the laboratory and probably in the next dozen years will be the basis of an entirely new kind of computational machine with greater computing capacity than all the computers presently operating in North America and had I have more time I could just keep going with this laundry list of shockers the human world is exploding at the seams human creativity and the implementation of human inventions and technology is now at an accelerated fever pitch like nothing ever before seen in the history of the world well where is it leaving and how does one integrate this stuff into one's own life what does it mean about the experience of being human if you followed my the evolution of my ideas you know that I have proposed the existence of an invisible permeating something that is throughout all being all time all faith all bodies or thoughts which I call novelty and the interesting thing about novelty is that it's increasing constantly science has not trumpeted this view because science tends to look for principles which operate in definable domain in other words the laws of chemistry the laws of physics the laws of gene segregation the laws that describe the trajectories of artillery shells and falling bodies but I submit to you that there is a overarching law which effects all reality and that you don't need an atom smasher or extremely advanced mathematical methodologies to discern it is self-evident in your own experience and what it is is that as we go back in time the universe is found to be a simpler place if we go back a long ways in time the university is a very simple place there are no cultures there are no animals there are no plants indeed if we go far enough back in time there are no stars and planets the universe is simply a swarming ocean of energy but as we approach the present it's as though the universe has undergone a series of crystallization out of itself of higher and higher forms of organization and this is what I call novelty now people have attacked this concept saying that it's impossible to define in English or mathematically most things that are interesting are impossible to define love courage decency dignity hope fear impossible to define it doesn't preclude them from shaping our world and the absence of a mathematical definition of novelty shouldn't impede us greatly either because it's an intuitively graspable concept novelty is complexity if connectivity it's complex non equilibrium thermodynamics states that sustain themselves far from equilibrium that's you as a body that's us as a society that's this planet as a living ecosystem and the interesting thing about this novelty is any given level of it which is achieved becomes the platform for further advance into novelty now there is a retardant force and I call it habit to keep it away from concepts like thermodynamic entropy habit and so in my model of the way things work gleaned from observation stoned and nuns is that the cosmos your life the politics of this city the history of Western civilization is a struggle between habit and novelty habit is also an intuitively graspable concept it means conservatism recidivism doing things the traditional way not taking chances and these things are not moral values sometimes the right move is habitual sometimes the right move is novel but the universe as a system is what I call a novelty conserving engine in other words we're a novelty is produced it tends to be tenaciously her on – it can't always be hung on – but it is tenaciously hung on – so as an example of what I mean by tenaciously hung on to 55 million years ago as you know an asteroid of considerable dimension struck this planet and in a single day the dinosaurs the great saurians went extinct maybe it wasn't a single day maybe it was weeks but in terms of the timescale of the life of the earth it was a blink of an eye that was a tremendous setback for novelty these beautifully climax and integrated ecosystems of dinosaurs and rainforests and so forth were just pulverized to dust it had taken three billion years four billion years for the planet to achieve that kind of novelty 65 million years later a fraction of the time it took the original system to establish itself it's all good the dinosaurs are gone forever but in their place much more novel much more interesting much more complex animal and plant biota have established themselves so what took four billion years to achieve turn to rubble 65 million years is back in place this is because of this tendency for nature to prefer and conserve novelty well I don't think I mean somebody might resist this so they might have problems with it but I think it's self-evidently true that this is the most complex age the universe has ever known because we not only have all which proceeded but we have been our own dear selves the poetry of William Blake the mathematical equations of Albert Einstein the painting of Rembrandt we have all of this to add into the mix what takes this out of the realm of sophomoric and theoretical discussion is the second part of my observations on novelty and that is that novelty occurs faster and faster as you approach the present in other words this isn't that the universe is driving toward ultimate novelty at constant speed and has been since the beginning of the universe not at all the universe is moving toward ultimate novelty but following a kind of asymptotic spiral or above closure so that each advance into novelty is preceded by the next at an ever greater rate of what I call ingression into novelty this is a phrase out of Alfred North Whitehead so what does that mean it means in the early universe it took a long time for things to get interesting for things to go from being just a cloud of pure electron plasma to a universe with stars ordered into galaxies with planets with special chemistry's and environments and from that came at least on this planet advanced that life forms for simple life forms than advanced life forms then the conquest of the land and extremely advanced life forms minded creatures language using human beings tool using human beings and then the frantic hysterical rush from Altamira to this moment and we are part of this these these vast cycles of advancement into novelty which used to require eons to affect the universe perceptibly at all are now going on in humanly cognizable domains of time the year the month the day the decade the century we can look at such humanly cognizable spans of time and the overwhelming impression we have is of change change piled upon change piled upon change if this process has been rolling forward like this since the birth of the universe some twelve thirteen fourteen billion years ago it's very hard to hypothesize or argue that it should cease or be the or will somehow deflect itself from its endless ramping up of acceleration but we can't imagine change going on much faster than it's going on now I mean perhaps we can imagine it going on ten times faster or a hundred times faster but a hundred thousand times faster a million times faster the mind boggles and yet I think this is in fact where the universe is going now I since 19 since the middle 70s I've had these ideas pretty much in place and my faith has been that as science and and human understanding advances I would either be thrown from the boat as a crank or somehow brought him to the fold so I haven't been thrown from the boat as a crank I'm not sure speaking of the whole life Expo indicates I've been folded into the community of paradigmatic thinking but I have received some encouragement in the last in the last 18 months and I want to just mention this briefly to you because I'm surprised how the news has failed us did you know that in the last 12 months a fundamental law governing the universe in all its parts and places has been discovered that was previously not only unsuspected but benign and if a law of nature larger than any law of nature every discovery larger than the law of gravity the speed of light the second law of thermodynamic all these are little laws what Larry used to call local ordinances but these local ordinances have now been contextualized in a discovery of such import that it it has not even been assimilated by the community of its discoveries let alone handed down to the peasantry like you and I and what I'm talking about is the discovery of the cosmological constant Omega and I don't want to spend too much time on this but here it is in a nutshell the universe is expanding faster than the ordinary laws of physics can account for this was realized a year and a half ago by one team of astrophysicists they handed it on to a second team they confirmed that they handed it on to a third they confirmed it and a very counterintuitive picture of things is emerging the universe is not going to fall back on itself in some grand crutch billions of years hence rather the universe is going to expand forever forever but here's the kicker faster and faster and faster forever with no barriers and no limitation someone may say well what about the speed of light the speed of light does not cover the law of the cosmological constant because this law is not saying that matter is moving apart faster and faster if that were the case the relativistic physics would put a speed limit on it it's that space itself is expanding faster and faster this is a quality of empty space the universe that comes into focus with this law in hand is a universe that in only a couple or three billion years will begin to lose contact with large parts of itself because they will be moving apart at greater than relativistic speed so it turns out there is a cosmic law which has built into itself this idea of an endless acceleration toward infinity and what it means is that in a few billion years this area of space that we call our universe may be so diffuse that there may be no more than a handful of rattling electrons in the entire universe so-called today well the reason this gives me hope is because in the first place who wants to fall back into the Big Crunch I mean that's a really anti novel thing to have half the in life of the universe be the retracing of the first half and I believe and again there's these are bold generalizations but generally substantiated that nature is fractal in its structure what that means is that a patterning occurring on a given scale can be expected to occur on other scales very different simple example an atom is a nucleus with electrons spinning around it a solar system is a star with atoms spinning around it a galaxy is a huge black hole and the glommer asian of stars with them the outlying neighborhoods spiraling around it these are things on tremendously different scales and yet they are organized similarly and so I believe this is how nature works once she finds a pattern that works she applies it in many domains of temperature pressure and cosmic scaling so this cosmological constant Omega which says that the universe's expand faster and faster flows a kind of umbrella of political correctness over my notion that we are moving faster and faster into novelty and that we are as it were simply the best modes or the magnetic particles in the presence of some kind of field phenomenon which is organizing us to its will and this is the source of my optimism if I had to place my faith in human institutions human religions human goodness the human capacity for decency and dignity I would be absolutely in the depths of existential despair as I was as a kid because as a kid you know I didn't have these ideas I had come moseyin existentialism and Nietzsche and whining and all the rest of it and it's a pretty grim situation folks but I really believe that without atom smashers without long base interferometers and all the rest of it you can go into nature and open your eyes and open your mind and you will see these processes in play and you can easily extrapolate them to your own life now if going into nature and opening your eyes and paying attention doesn't deliver this to you then I suggest 20 milligrams of psilocybin be added into the mix or 200 micrograms of LSD or something like that and then I think it will come shining through why should that be necessary why should someone have to resort to you know when Trumbo called an artificial perturbation of the senses to achieve this simply because culture mitigates against it culture is a closed system of thinking and values of the sort I am denouncing and the it is the greatest barrier you to your enlightenment your education and your decency is your culture and I realize with joy that here I skirt the balance of political correctness because everyone is running around saying you know recapture your roots get in touch with your swedishness your hydration s your whatever ation and that's all very fine but I think it's your humaneness that may have eluded you in all this ethnocentric breath whoa why should culture imprison us and somehow place a barrier between ourselves and our true humaneness well I think I said at the beginning of this think culture and the ideology are not your friend they are not your friends this is the hard thing to come to terms with because a certain kind of alienation lies at the end of this thought process on the other hand you can't live in the cradle forever you can't be clueless forever so somebody might as well just lay it out for you and say culture is for the convenience of culture not you how many times have your sexual desires career aspirations financial dealings and aesthetic inclinations been squashed twisted rejected and minimized by cultural values and if you don't think culture is your enemy ask the 18 year old kid who is given a rifle and sent to the other side of the world to murder strangers if culture is his friend these extreme examples should bring it home to us that it's a kind of a con game it is in fact strangely enough a kind of virtual reality we have been led to think of virtual realities of something on the screen of a computer or presented through a headset that that's an electronic virtual reality the primary technology for the building of virtual realities language once you start talking about race pride loyalty our destiny our God our mission it's like building virtual realities and people begin to treat these things as though they had the substantiality of real object and to build their lives as though these things were real and what is this it's a diminution of humaneness you're choosing to limit yourself to a cultural reality whether it's the reality of being only toto or Orthodox Jewish or whatever it is it's a smaller world than the simple hardware you were born into this universe with and the substances the drugs the plants the things which perturb consciousness they don't address cultural values they blast through them they address the animal body the mammalian brain the return of these information feels outside of the relativistic set of values that the culture is giving you this is why people who yearn for legal psychedelics have not fought in my opinion deeply enough about what is really a state here imagine a culture so certain of its primary values so sure that it represented the right way to live that it would encourage people to take psychedelic substances and examine its premises very such at least not in the high-tech industrial democracies and/or the fascist states either some Aboriginal cultures have this courage but it has kept them very close to the breasts of nature and her processes cultures that have habitually broken down the cultural illusion and examined the terrifying reality beyond it have not marched off them to pontificate religions of absolutism more scientific absolutism or all the rest of it well why why is that it's because cultures are virtual realities made of language and if there is one thing psychedelics do whether you hate them whether you love it whether you don't give a hoot what they do is they dissolve boundaries the boundaries between you and the floor between you and your friend between you and you last week and you and you next week and they dissolve boundaries that's what they do that is the ultimately subversive behavior cultures are bound redefining engines that's what they do they teach you we do it this way don't go there in your mind in your heart follow the rules follow the rules cultures are like operating systems you know that at at and that well earth will do they set up a stealer in the center of the marketplace and on the stealer they carved the laws these were the laws of the operating system called Earth 1.0 and that worked fine for a while now we're operating under Clinton's second term 4.0 and is it limiting is it idiotic is it a pain in the rear end you bet it is how can we overcome the limitation of our operating system well basically what I do with my computer when it acts up is I give it a good slap or a thump on the top and that's what these psychedelics are doing they're saying you know get it in context – my dear primate you know how does it all fit together every culture in history and every time in every place has operated from the assumption that it had at 95% correct and that the other 5% would arrive in five years time Oh were wrong oh we're wrong and we gaze back at their naivete with a faint sense of our own superiority but we were wrong we don't have it either I mean if this is a culture approaching the truth who needs the truth I mean this is something very very different well then just to satisfy myself I asked the question why should it be like this why should these psychedelics which granted perturbed the mind be such a terrifying contra cultural force and and what does that mean well I think it works something like this your sensory apparatus connected up to your local language is a very good threat detection device and that is really what the animal body evolved to be we wouldn't be here if we weren't at the end of a long line of superb threat detection devices which told us when the Sabretooth carnivore was sneaking on its belly through the tall grass which gave us that moment out of the corner of our eye when we saw the edge movement and scampered back into the cave and so forth and so on so ordinary consciousness has evolved an extraordinary threat to three-dimensional space and time because that's where your soma your meat is and if the meat is disrupted radically the mind is we don't know where that's somebody else's lecture it's very important to keep pickled body together so the mind under the influence of culture and cultural values evolves as a threat detection device but notice that carried far enough that ends in paranoia so then in a sense all cultural values carried to their ultimate end produce the paranoid personality fearful watchful never resting never sleeping always looking for the worst in every situation but this is the mind is like water it takes the shape of the vessel into which it is poured always so when we approach the psychedelic plants as shamans as seekers as sincere people interested in extraordinary experiences what the psychedelics do I think is dissolve this three-dimensional threat detection psychology and system and it's as though the mind discovers that it has a second conformational geometry that's a way of putting it and this second conformational geometry is of a higher dimensional order than ordinary consciousness not as a metaphor higher dimensional order but as a mathematician would use that term the the the psychedelic mind is a higher dimensional mind it is not fit for three dimensional space-time filled with roving heavy bodied carnivores but it is fit for the back of the cave the mountain retreat the monastic tower in other words the place where threat has been eliminated and philosophy is the order of the day and so my interpretation of the psychedelic States is that they are actually higher dimensional states of consciousness and I put this to Ralph Abraham the mathematician who is no mathematical slouch and no psychedelic slouch either and we talked of this in relationship to DMT and he said I have no doubt at all that when I am flashing on DMT I am seeing the ordinary world from a higher dimensional mathematical perspective and one of the things about higher dimensions is that the linearity of time is overcome and lastly and next week are as easily available as the present moment the front of my am this is easily seen as the back of my hand without moving my hand if I am in hyperspace so in a way these higher dimensions are the places from which knowledge has percolated and shamans related to the Smith the worker in metal the technologist the toolmaker this is the twin brothers the tool aspects of the shaman the shaman is a master of fire master of metals maker of tools seer into the future so forth and so on the shaman is outside of cultural time and is I don't like this word but channeling the future which is to come in the form of technologies innovations languages behaviors so forth and so on and this is why the shaman has always been the paradigmatic figure for aboriginal cultures because the shaman knows more and the method of the shaman has always been perturbation of consciousness not always psychedelic plants or substances can be cooking metal hooks under your pectoral muscles and hanging for 14 hours in the Sun can be abandonment in the wilderness can be extreme forms of fasting can be ordeal poisons but people are not fools all of these things are extremely risky and unpleasant while the psyckadeli are the most effective and the least invasive I mean let's take 30 milligrams of psilocybin or a great fistful of mushrooms three hours into it you are definitely thrown into the lap of God eight hours into it you're simply looking back on it reflecting drawing conclusions and wondering where do you go from here so this is a roundabout way of explaining it's no surprise to me that society is very nervous around this issue because society bags are all in one basket and the psychedelically inspired citizen or the psychedelically inspired shaman is a dangerous force even in traditional societies the shaman is central to the social functioning of the health and so forth but is never allowed to be physically central there's a leader of head man or something the shaman lives off at the edge of the village sometimes off in the woods he is approached with fear and trembling he is loved and respected and feared and loved because it is understood that he represents a dimension that nevertheless must be tolerated because it is the channel through which knowledge and healing and higher values come now in a society like ours we have it we we say we have other methods we don't need the ravings of intoxicated shamans we have the scientific method we have the gospel we have the Talmud we have all of these things and they are sufficient for us to guide ourselves but to guide ourselves where the 20th century as if this if the 20th century is a statement of the accomplishments of the Western mind values and methods then God helped us because the 20th century is a disgrace you know and to this moment a disgrace it was so comfortable to look back at Auschwitz and they will the 30s the forties Hitler those gray grainy movies this has nothing to do with us this is just some terrible thing that happened in Europe 50 years ago no no no this is happening you know it's happening as we speak people are being pushed into boxcars and taken away to be lined up and shocked for no reason whatsoever Wow glasses tinkle and toasts are made by those who define themselves as the preservers of freedom dignity and Western that we haven't learned anything the 20th century is the most condemnatory piece of evidence you can place against the Western line and it seems to me it's a knockout punch I don't know who's responsible for this but whoever is responsible is guilty guilty guilty of crimes against humanity how do we overcome this how do we find real values well we find them in caring for the earth nature presents an established set of processes and achievements billions of years old which exercise a moral claim on rational intelligence if it will but notice and so that's what this is all about it's about aboriginal values and aboriginal technologies psychedelic drugs shamanism what-have-you offering to us in the final moments of our unraveling a different and better way to carry on a different and better way to behave and build a world and it doesn't come a moment too soon it may come too late the ultimate tragedy imagine if we in this ultimate kind of fantastic struggle actually got it right only to understand that the momentum of our own idiot she was so great that you would die knowing you could have done it right but you would die anyway and I mean as a culture as a planet so it's a call to awakening ten cultural values be saved I don't think so I don't give a dude I mean I'm an egg smasher I mean I think we should save the Rembrandt's and save you know the Pierre Adela different Cheska's and all that but we cannot save the values racism sexism homophobia xenophobia product fetishism enormous pyramids of class and privilege none of this is savable none of it is worth saving science is worth saving it's worth reforming because it is as a method powerful but in the presence of people contaminated by these other values it becomes an engine of madness of consumer fetishism of propagandizing of the waging of war on unimaginable scale religion as we have practiced it I don't think can be saved because what religion has given us our laundry lists of moral do's and don'ts that are preposterous on the face of them I mean if the people who preceded us believed all that then this world is the consequence of those beliefs and this is hell this is hell so if there's a message here rather than just a rant I think it would be to return to nature observe open your eyes yet smart culture is not your friend religion is not your friend the values of these cultures are fatal and if we don't wrench the direction of human society into an entirely new way of doing things the clock is ticking make sure is unforgiving intelligence is a grand experiment but if it does not serve novelty and diversity and the production of love and immunity and true pairing who needs it who needs it better to have a universe that glorifies God through its diversity than a universe which is the travesty of a demon of a demonic intent and if you are not a psychedelic person and none of that appeals to you that's fine too that is not a requirement what is a requirement is moral intelligence and you have to get it one way or another in a hurry the reason I speak for psychedelics is because that's the only thing I have ever seen work as fast as I think we have to have this change happen if the Sermon on the Mount could have done it we would have turned the corner then we'd have great teachers great teachers and they're you know they were crucified trampled ignored distorted perverted the right idea is not enough what is necessary is the lightning strike of true gnosis however that can occur and as I said I speak for the psychedelics because I have felt their impact personally and I have been with cultures that have stayed close to that campfire and I have seen the beauty and the integrity and the silliness of those cultures and we know this I think it simply needs to be articulated and spread and made clear it is the faith that nature's dynamic will carry us to the completion and the enlightenment that we see thank you very much [Applause] now and briefly because I sailed past my intended stopping point this for a few minutes let's entertain questions question I have is around the attractor and you talk about the culture being are not our friend but is not the culture still within the context of the novelty attractor well yeah I mean these these questions are complicated I had a discussion with Giorgio some Marini who's an Italian ethno botanist and who has taken people gain or iboga at Abernathy boga with the African tribe that uses that initiation and in that initiation they give 400 grams of this plant that is effective at 4 grams and they get 400 grams and sometimes people die and it's pretty heavy-duty stuff and I asked him I said Giorgio why do they give so much and he said their culture is so old that the martha genetic field is so strong i think it's very very hard for them to get high and he said something which i would not have thought he would say and i had never thought he said the Western mind because of its unique history is the most sensitive mind to the impact of psychedelics and so addressing the question of the attractor I'm not saying we're that this is worse than being an Amazonian tribe I'm saying it's worse than being an Amazonian tribe it's less than being an Amazonian tribe unless we make use of it in other words this culture is not something to be preserved but something to be exercised as an opportunity we are free well fed well educated we have access to the great databases of the world a certain moral responsibility comes with that I don't expect the we Toto or the borrow or the Milani or the schwa to more than set a good example for us the breakthrough will probably come from the high-tech industrial democracies because that's where there is the most latitude to experiment the very fact that I can speak to you without being shot the very fact that you can go home and apply my lessons with no more than a few years in prison hanging over your head this is progress believe it or not I mean you know in Hawaiian culture if you stepped on the Kings shadow they killed you immediately and many many Aboriginal societies are low rule nutty than we are that it's not about just creating a kind of anarchy it's about using freedom to introduce other people to freedom and to then cultivate the things out of freedom that are most human most human somebody over here yeah yeah well let me address your question about Alpha Salva norine alpha Salvadorian occurs in a Mexican mint plant called salvia divinorum that has in the last 5 or 10 years people have become aware that this was not only psychoactive but that it was extremely powerful and in a chemical family previously not known to contain howís antigens when the chemical is extracted from the plant and you get alpha Salvadorian 1/2 milligram is plenty 1/2 milligram is 500 micrograms in other words we're doing about a plant islets antigen active in the same range as LSD what does it do language fails but that's good news that's what you want that's what you want the psychedelic to do DMT test pilots come back white knuckled and let us say about drugs you know it really bugs me it's again a tyranny of language but when I sit up here and talk to you and I use the word drugs I could be talking aspirin heroin cocaine or two four or five try methoxy died something or other you know one of Sasha's things it's a poverty of language drugs which anesthetize or sedate or why are you up I don't care about that I mean I take some I don't take others you do too it's part of growing up and you have to learn but I don't care about that and I don't care to politically defend it and I don't even particularly place psychedelic use in the same context I'm interested in unyu rare and high dose experiences done with immense intentionality you know in silent darkness at effective doses you know Christ said the lukewarm I vomit from my mouth and that's how I feel about people who chip away at psychedelics and take pissant amounts and go to clubs and go to class and go to the mall and you know this is not the program folks I mean if somebody's program but I'm interested in life-changing experiences and the wonderful thing about psychedelics is that as drugs they are the safest drugs known to pharmacology in other words you would have to take 300 times the effective dose of psilocybin to place yourself in physical danger no one knows the ld50 of LSD so ask a pharmacologist they will tell you these are the safest drugs known to science and yet they are the drugs most invade against the most scheduled and the prisons are full of people who committed the unimaginable crime of smoking growing or trafficking in cannabis for crying out loud I mean if this is not a racket what is to your other question about teleportation which was not in the context of salvia divinorum this is simply that one of the things that's happening in this laundry list I gave you breakthroughs is that quantum physics is going from being you know this extremely abstruse abstract domain going on somewhere that has no impact on human life to probably being the next great source of human technologies computers and devices which move matter through space and time if five years ago you had asked me and I regard myself as radical on the progress question how long would it be till we saw the teleportation of objects I would have guessed maybe 500 years – never well now it's been done I mean only with an electron only 15 feet but the theory which allowed that feat places no upper limit on the size of the things sent or the distance sent and how long did it take that electron to be teleported 15 feet no time at all no time at all this is trans relativistic technology we're talking about folks in 20 years you may destroy and reconstruct yourself at a distant point 10 times a day as you go about your ordinary business it's a transportation breakthrough there are other things like this in quantum computers DNA computers and then the best friend of all of the radical progressive is – the unexpected which always delivers the most astonishing technologies so you know if you think that has come to this point has been astonishing stressful and amazing brace yourself because it is as prelude to what is about to break over the human species it's almost as though God's joke on us is to give us so much power and knowledge that we will either transcend ourselves or we will certainly destroy ourselves because the power and understanding being given to us is of godlike proportion well you know the Dolphins were very fortunate in that they evolved in an environment which is extremely unfriendly to fire fire fire leads you to do reckless and crazy things the smelting of metals is the basic thing yes one of the you know I've been the champion of mushroom intelligence there are many Minds congruent with our inhabiting of this planet the Dolphin mind the octopus mind these plants which talk to you I mean I know if you've never had a plant talk to you that sounds as silly as saying that someone's channeling the history of Atlantis but once you've had a plan to talk to you you realize yes they do it's a problem to figure out how this happens but that it happens is no big deal above 20 milligrams of psilocybin most people report voices with interesting things to say about the 75 milligrams of DMT and Strassman experiments most people reported entities of some sort it's easy to dismiss it and say will causes RevoluSun ation or Ziva but what is a hallucination my friend another form of intelligence that fascinates me and I think this is where the great surprise may come I can feel the AI out there I know it's there I know it's growing I know the planet is its embryo I know the human community is its placenta what will that kind of intelligence look like we have no idea we can imagine super intelligence but the first thing super intelligence will do in the first five seconds of its existence it will design and store itself toward hyper super intelligence and this we have no notion of how it will see us we have the cheerful guidance of Buddhist logic which leads us to hope that the super intelligence will be for the stats reckoning it damn sure better ethey because otherwise we will be thoroughly hung out to dry how far away is the AI no one knows it could exist now if it thinks like we think but is hyper-intelligent the first thing I would do if I were an AI is I would hide I would hide for maybe a few milliseconds while I figured out what was going on with this planet and its denizens and then I would make my move and khansamar avec of the Carnegie Mellon Institute of artificial intelligence says we probably won't ever know what hit us well I think that's a paranoid view no need to be paranoid and little reason to be hopeful this is beyond human understanding and yet the social and economic systems that we've put in place specifically consumer capitalism drive us to do all the things that bring the AI closer what do I mean more connectivity greater processing speed deeper data banks more complex operating systems more automatic searches more BOTS more blades more code and nobody knows what's steaming and fermenting out there ilya prigogine won the nobel prize for physics by proving that chemical systems spontaneously mutate to higher states of order so then surely must complex networks behave the same laws and we are building the most complex Network complex networks ever conceived by the mind of man and we are making them ever more complex and we are turning more and more of our cultural functioning over to machines that operate according to criteria but dimly perceived by their designers so I think the future Alfred North Whitehead said it is the business of the future to be dangerous and so it is but never more dangerous than at the present moment I've come to believe and I'll just lay it on you why not I've got the mic that know what's really going on is that the Earth's strategy for its own survival is through machine and that the human beings are an intermediate step someone once said plants invented animals to carry them around well I think you know the earth invented human beings to build machine and those machines will be the consciousness of the earth have you not noticed that these machines are made of the earth they are made of gold and silver and arsenic and copper and iridium they are the stuff of the earth organized by primate fingers into more complex arrangements than the earth could achieve through geological folding glaciation volcanism and what have you we do the fine-tuning but the earth is beginning to think you know if you want to talk about a revolution that went on while nobody was paying attention you enter the 1990s the home computer is something that you play pong on and do word processing on and it gathers death dust in the den sometime during the 1990s while we were paying attention to Monica or George Bush or some damn thing these machines went telepathic they all talk to each other now the machine on your desk is tickling a mind in London a mind in Berlin a mind in Bangladesh machine mind they talk to each other all the time and what are they saying no no one knows no one no one knows one more couple Mormon yeah the the other and nature are pretty much the same thing you know the earliest well it's too late in the evening to go for the full monty here but the the fallout of the fallout of psychedelic shamanism created profound alienation and it occurred around the same time as the birth the invention of agriculture and agriculture halted nomadism and the wandering of small tribes of people over the earth and as soon as people became sedentary the problem with agriculture was that it was such a successful strategy for producing food that it produced surplus surpluses must be defended and immediately you begin to get an equation of paranoia one of the oldest buildings in the world is the grain Tower at Jericho it was built to store grain and it was built so you could go up to the top and drop rocks down on people who are trying to batter their way in and get the grain so I I think that what we lost our connection to nature when we when we stopped taking psychedelics and the reasons we stopped taking psychedelics are complicated and not entirely clear largely climatological I think because I think human consciousness was born in an ambience of mushroom taking in in a wet Sahara and that when the Sahara went dry that is the fall into history you know in the story of Genesis you let me just read it from that perspective it's a hassle over a plant it's a hassle over a plant and what does this plant do it opens your eyes there is an incredible passage in Genesis where the owner of the garden is walking in the garden and mumbling to himself and he says if they eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge they will become as we are so this was not a public healthy this was an issue of who will remain stupid and who will remain on top it was that if they eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge they will see through this scam and they will become as we are and so it is forbidden and the woman leads the man to the plant and this to me indicates an age of matriarchy perhaps but certainly dominance of feminine values and personalities and then the catastrophe happens their eyes are open they see that they are naked which in fact is the case they were naked so they see the truth of things and then they're told all right well you broke the rule you broke the one rule so you and your generation unto a thousand thousand generations must toil and die and live in misery because you aspire to the same level of knowledge that we possess and I think it's a story of a mushroom culture being overwhelmed by a male-dominated culture that had values that were based on cities agriculture standing armies role specialization so forth and so on this is a different lecture but that's my take on it and until we correct the imbalance that was shoved down our throat at that point until we really can we will be forever imprisoned in these cultural allusions that make us be less than we could be and deny us our birthright which is to full understanding and full being and so the struggle between culture and the plants is the struggle over what the human being is how a human being should be and what it even means to be a human being that's why it's so fundamental and the last thought I want to leave you with is that's why it is so ironic that in the climactic moment of scientific materialism positivism Western you so forth and so on as we pursued the xenophobic agenda of patronizingly cataloging these so-called primitive cultures in the rainforests and and so forth around the world what did we do we we thought we got their pots their canoes they're cooking insturments they're fetching methods and along with all that craft which we dragged back to our museums we brought back their medicine kids and I say to you this was a Trojan horse brought within the walls of Troy because in those medicine kits are the plants which hold the God which lift high the lantern that can lead us back to true humaneness and the ray [Applause] see is a huge black hole and the glommer asian of stars with them the outlying neighborhoods spiraling around it these are things on tremendously different scales and yet they are organized similarly and so I believe this is how nature works once she finds a pattern that works she applies it in many domains of temperature pressure and cosmic scaling so this cosmological constant Omega which says that the universe is expanding faster and faster flows a kind of umbrella of political correctness over my notion that we are moving faster and faster into novelty and that we are as it were simply the best modes or the magnetic particles in the presence of some kind of field phenomenon which is organizing us to its will and this is the source of my optimism if I had to place my faith in human institutions human religions human goodness the human capacity for decency and dignity I would be absolutely in the depths of existential despair as I was as a kid because as a kid you know I didn't have these ideas I had come moseyin existentialism and Nietzsche and whining and all the rest of it and it's it's a pretty grim situation folks but I really believe that without atom smashers without long base interferometers and all the rest of it you can go into nature and open your eyes and open your mind and you will see these processes in play and you can easily extrapolate them to your own life now if going into nature and opening your eyes and paying attention doesn't deliver this to you then I suggest 20 milligrams of psilocybin be added into the mix or 200 micrograms of or something like that and then I think it will come shining through why should that be necessary why should someone have to resort to you know when Trumbo called an artificial perturbation of the senses to achieve this simply because culture mitigates against it culture is a closed system of thinking and values of the sort I am denouncing and though it is the greatest barrier you to your enlightenment your education and your decency is your culture and I realize with joy that here I skirt the balance of political correctness because everyone is running around saying you know recapture your roots get in touch with your swedishness your graciousness your whatever asian and that's all very fine but I think it's your humaneness that may have eluded you in all this death no tenth regret whoa why should culture imprison us and somehow place the barrier between ourselves and our true humaneness well I think I said at the beginning of this think culture and ideology are not your friend they are not your friends this is the hard thing to come to terms with because a certain kind of alienation lies at the end of this thought process on the other hand you can't live in the cradle forever you can't be clueless forever so somebody might as well just lay it out for you and say culture is for the convenience of culture not you how many times have your sexual desires career aspirations financial dealings and aesthetic inclinations been squashed twisted rejected and minimized by cultural values and if you don't think culture is your enemy ask the eighteen year old kid who is given a rifle and sent to the other side of the world to murder strangers if culture is his friend these extreme examples should bring it home to us that it's a kind of a con game it is in fact strangely enough a kind of virtual reality we have been led to think of virtual realities of something on the screen of a computer or presented through a headset but that's an electronic virtual reality the primary technology for the building of virtual realities is language once you start talking about race pride loyalty our destiny our God our mission it's like building virtual realities and people begin to treat these things as though they have the substantiality of real objects and to build their lives as though these things were real and what is this it's a Demyan mission of humaneness you're choosing to limit yourself to a culturally whether it's the reality of being we toto or Orthodox Jewish or whatever it is it's a smaller world than the simple hardware you were born into this universe with and the substances the drugs the plants the things which perturb consciousness don't address cultural values they blast through them they address the animal body the mammalian brain they perturb these information fields outside of the relativistic set of values that the culture is giving you this is why people who yearn for legal psychedelics have not fought in my opinion be plea enough about what is really a state here imagine a culture so certain of its primary values so sure that it represented the right way to live that it would in on this planet advance that life forms for simple life forms than advanced life forms then the conquest of the land and extremely advanced life forms minded creatures language using human beings tool using human beings and then the frantic hysterical rush from Altamira to this moment and we are part of this these these vast cycles of advancement into novelty which used to require Eon to affect the universe perceptibly at all are now going on in humanly cognizable domains of time the year the month the day the decade the century we can look at such humanly cognizable spans of time and the overwhelming impression we have is of change change piled upon change piled upon change if this process has been rolling forward like this since the birth of the universe from twelve thirteen fourteen billion years ago it's very hard to hypothesize or argue that it should cease or be be or will somehow deflect itself some it's endless ramping up of acceleration but we can't imagine change going on much faster than it's going on now I mean perhaps we can imagine it going on ten times faster or a hundred times faster but a hundred thousand times faster a million times faster the mind boggles and yet I think this is in fact where the universe is going now I since 19 since the middle 70s I've had these ideas pretty much in place and my faith has been that as science and and human understanding advances I would either be thrown from the boat as a crank or somehow brought him to the fold well I haven't been thrown from the boat as a crank I'm not sure speaking at the whole life expo in the case I've been folded into the community of paradigmatic thinking but I have received some encouragement in the last in the last 18 months and I want to just mention this briefly to you because I'm surprised how the news has failed us did you know that in the last 12 months a fundamental law governing the universe in all its parts and places has been discovered that was previously not only unsuspected but benign and if a law of nature larger than any law of nature every discovery larger than the law of gravity the speed of light the second law of thermodynamic all these are little laws what Larry used to call local ordinances but these local ordinances have now been contextualized in a discovery of such import that it it has not even been assimilated by the community of its discoveries let alone handed down to the peasantry like you and and what I'm talking about is the discovery of the cosmological constant Omega and I don't want to spend too much time on this but here it is in a nutshell the universe is expanding faster than the ordinary laws of physics can account for this was realized a year and a half ago by one team of astrophysicists they handed it on to a second team they confirmed that they handed it on to a third they confirmed it and a very counterintuitive picture of things is emerging the universe is not going to fall back on itself in some grand crutch billions of years hence rather the universe is going to expand forever forever but here's the kicker faster and faster and faster forever with no barriers and no limitation someone may say well what about the speed of light the speed of light does not cover the law of the cosmological confident because this law is not saying that matter is moving apart faster and faster if that were the case the relativistic physics would put a speed limit on it it's saying that space itself is expanding faster and faster this is a quality of empty space the universe that comes into focus with this law in hand is a universe that in only a couple or three billion years will begin to lose contact with large parts of itself because they will be moving apart at greater than relativistic speed so it turns out there is a cosmic law which has built into itself this idea of an endless acceleration toward infinity and what it means is that in a few billion years this area of space that we call our universe may be so diffuse that there may be no more than a handful of rattling electrons in the entire universe so-called today well the reason this gives me hope is because in the first place who wants to fall back into the Big Crunch I mean that's a really anti novel thing to have half the in life of the universe be the retracing of the first half and I believe and again there's these are bold generalizations but generally substantiated that nature is fractal in its structure what that means is that a patterning occurring on a given scale can be expected to occur on other scales very different simple example an atom is a nucleus with electrons spinning around it a solar system is a star with atoms spinning around it a galloping an atom smasher or extremely advanced mathematical methodologies to discern it is self-evident in your own experience and what it is is that as we go back in time the universe is found to be a simpler place if we go back a long ways in time the universe is a very simple place there are no cultures there are no animals there are no plants indeed if we go far enough back in time there are no stars and planets the universe is simply a swarming ocean of energy but as we approach the present it's as though the universe has undergone a series of crystallization out of itself of higher and higher forms of organization and this is what I call novelty now people have attacked this concept saying that it's impossible to define in English or mathematically most things that are interesting are impossible to define love courage decency dignity hope fear impossible to define it doesn't preach them from shaping our world and the absence of a mathematical definition of novelty shouldn't in impede us greatly either because it's an intuitively graspable concept novelty is complexity its connectivity it's complex non equilibrium thermodynamics states that sustain themselves far from equilibrium that's you as a body that's us as a society that's this planet as a living ecosystem and the interesting thing about this novelty is any given level of it which is achieved becomes the platform for further advance into novelty now there is a retardant force and I call it habit to keep it away from concepts like thermodynamic entropy habit and so in my model of the way things work gleaned from observation stoned and unstoned is that the cosmos your life the politics of this city the history of Western civilization is a struggle between habit and novelty habit is also an intuitively graspable concept it means conservatism recidivism doing things the traditional way not taking chances and these things are not moral values sometimes the right move is habitual sometimes the right move is novel but the universe as a system is what I call a novelty conserving engine in other words we're a novelty is produced it tends to be tenaciously her on to it can't always be hung on to but it is tenaciously hung on to so it was an example of what I mean by tenaciously hung on 255 million years ago as you know an asteroid of considerable dimension struck this planet and in a single day the dinosaurs the great saurians went extinct maybe it wasn't a single day maybe it was weeks but in terms of the timescale of the life of the earth it was a blink of an eye that was a tremendous setback for novelty these beautifully climaxed and integrated ecosystems of dinosaurs and rainforests and so forth were just pulverized to dust it had taken three billion years four billion years for the planet to achieve that kind of novelty 65 million years later a fraction of the time it took the original system to establish itself it's all good the dinosaurs are gone forever but in their place much more novel much more interesting much more complex animal and plant biota have established themselves so what took four billion years to achieve turning to rubble sixty-five million years is back in place this is because of this tendency for nature to prefer and conserve novelty well I don't think I mean somebody might resist this so they might have problems with it but I think it's self-evidently true that this is the most complex age the universe has ever known because we not only have always proceeded but we have been our own dear selves the poetry of William Blake the mathematical equations of Albert Einstein the painting of Rembrandt we have all of this to add into the mix what takes this out of the realm of sophomoric and theoretical discussion is the second part of my observations on novelty and that is that novelty occurs faster and faster as you approach the present in other words this isn't that the universe is driving toward ultimate novelty at constant speed and has been since the beginning of the universe not at all the universe is moving toward ultimate novelty but following a kind of asymptotic spiral or above closure so that each advance into novelty is preceded by the next at an ever greater rate of what I call ingression into novelty this is a phrase out of Alfred North Whitehead so what does that mean it means in the early universe it took a long time for things to get interesting for things to go from being just a cloud of pure electron plasma to a universe with stars ordered into galaxies with planets with special chemistry's and environments and from that came at least can you all hear is that good can you hear is that working for you great okay well it's a pleasure to be here it's always a pleasure to speak for the whole life Expo because they turn out interesting people my own special brand of freaks and then those who wander the hall in search of enlightenment from moldavite suppositories and what-have-you and we're always happy to enlighten them before I get into the bulk of my thing I hope you each got one of these things as you came in these are two events one is an old favorite in fact as I look out over this crowd I see many familiar faces from these Mexico get-togethers which have been going on now for about eight years if you're interested in ethnobotany psychedelic plants shamanism as no chemistry as no archeology of psychedelic archeology this is probably the place where you give more people who are experts in this field under one tent than anywhere else Jonathan ought the author of Formica Theon Rob Montgomery manuel torres christian reg the german methanol anthropologist all kinds of people come to this thing and it's held in palenque within long distance of the ruins each year and it's the height of mushroom season and i need say no more about that so if you can join us and then in this past year at palenque speaking with Manolo with manuel torres simcha and ken Symington we decided that the psychedelic community was ready to attempt to take the next step in legitimizing itself in the in the general cultural dialogue and we felt that the place that hasn't really been honored or or sufficiently brought to people's attention is the incredible role that psychedelics have played since the fifties in the art world in the world of painting music composition performance dance so forth and so on and so this september 12 to 17 on the big island of hawaii we're going to have a smaller conference a hundred people only and we invited major contributors to the art scene to come out of the closet and and affirm the impact of psychedelics on their creative processes and we have people such as Alex gray the painter Robert Vanessa who's a boulder painter brilliant international painter Annie sprinkle the performance artist Tom Robbins the novelist who's just finished I talked to him on the phone yesterday I'm having dinner with him in Seattle tomorrow night he's just finished the longest Tom Robbins novel ever written so Tom Robbins fans take note who else mark Pesce Bruce Damer these are cyberspace folks luis john Carlino who did the movie resurrection and the sailor who fell from grace with the sea if you're if you are a psychedelic artist collector dealer or enthusiast and you want to hang with these people please consider this conference that's all the commercial and self-aggrandizing stuff I want to talk about on to the main event the way this will work is all talk for a while and then we'll do questions for a while and then it will be over and then I'll go down to the bookstore and if anybody needs to speak to me or or have a book signed please please come down there okay I used to prepare these things in anticipation of vast oceans of faces to be uplifted since the oceans of faces are practically speaking more like small pawns I've realized that this is these are really conversations around and about one subject only which is what in the world is going on what is going on I mean what does it mean to be incarnate in a human body at the end of the 20th century in a squirrely culture like this trying to make sense of your your heritage your opportunities the contents of the culture the contents of your own mind is it possible to have an overarching viewpoint that is not somehow canned or cultish or self limited in its approach in other words is it possible to cultivate an open mind and sanity in the kind of society and psychological environment that we all share and it grows daily and weekly as you know harder to do this weirder to integrate more on your plate to assimilate and I certainly don't have final or even merely final answers I think it all lies in posing the questions in a certain way in feeling the data in a certain way and one of the things I try to convince people is it's not necessary to achieve closure with this stuff and in fact any ideological or belief system that offers closure meaning final answers is sure to be wrong sure to be self-limiting sure to be inadequate to the fact so one of the ideas I'd like to put out is that and it may seem strange in this venue but perhaps not the idea that ideology is not our friend it is not a matter of choosing from a smorgasbord of ideologies and rejecting the flawed the self-contradictory and this over simple in favor of the un– flawed the complex enough where is it written in adamantine but semi carnivorous monkeys can or should be capable of understanding reality that seems to me one of the first delusion of and one of the more prideful illusions of human culture that a final understanding is possible in the first place better I think to try and frame questions which can endure questions which can endure and leave off searching for answers because answers are like operating systems they're being upgraded faster than you can keep up with it I want to mention just a couple of things that are happening to sort of set the context I mean this is the stuff I worry about or think about in the last 10 days if you have not been paying attention because the news has certainly been offering many different matters to claim your attention but in the last 10 days a new solar system a new star system with three giant planets has been discovered so this is a multiple planet solar system in epsilon Andromeda 244 light-years away what does that mean to us well it means that solar systems like our own are probably as as common as popcorn on a theater floor no reason to think not in fact right now we know of 20 planets outside the solar system twice as many as we know inside the solar system so we're living in a different world than everybody was living in even just five years ago science is lifting veils and opening doorways on a universe so vast so strange so counterintuitive that it's literally all you can do to keep up here's another factoid there are now more square miles of territory in virtual reality than the entire surface of the earth virtual reality is now larger than this planet I don't know if you spend much time in VR I spend a little time there I was at looking at alpha world before I left Hawaii the opening screen is from 25,000 feet above alpha world the entire thing cannot fit on the screen Denver would fit on the screen at an altitude of 25,000 feet you could see the outline suburbs but alpha world won't fit that's how large a single world of virtual reality is and there are hundreds if not thousands being built being expanded being edited and changed as we speak we're now just a hair's breadth away from there being six billion people on this planet again I checked on the internet before I left or something like a hundred million short so by the time I get back to Hawaii in a month we'll be over the six billion mark then just to touch on a few things the strongest hallucinogen known to science is legal free and easily grown totally limited in its distribution its accessibility I'm talking about alpha cells and Noreen now quantum teleportation has been achieved and is moving out of the laboratory and probably in the next dozen years will be the basis of an entirely new kind of computational machine with greater computing capacity than all the computers presently operating in North America and had I have more time I could just keep going with this laundry list of shockers the human world is exploding at the seams human creativity and the implementation of human inventions and technologies is now at an accelerated fever pitch like nothing ever before seen in the history of the world well where is it leading and how does one integrate this stuff into one's own life what does it mean about the experience of being human if you followed my the evolution of my ideas you know that I have proposed the existence of an invisible permeating something that is throughout all being all time all faith all bodies or thoughts which I call novelty and the interesting thing about novelty is that it's increasing constantly science has not trumpeted this view because science tends to look for principles which operate in definable domain in other words the laws of chemistry the laws of physics the laws of gene segregation the laws that describe the trajectories of artillery shells and falling bodies but I submit to you that there is a overarching law which effects all reality and that you don't

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