Counterculture icon and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna (1946-2000) talks about the meaning of life, psilocybin and shamanism.
The combination of McKenna’s academic approach (having a BS from the University of California at Berkeley with a distributed degree in ecology, resource conservation and shamanism) his huge travel experiences, and unique visionary perspective, all worked together to make him a highly sought-after speaker and author during his active years. His books including Food of the Gods (Bantam) and The Archaic Revival (Harper/San Francisco) go into more literary detail if you feel inclined to read more – alternatively he has a vast array of clips and lectures online that are freely available for all to listen.
Terence is a fantastic person to listen to regarding being an artist or any free thinker and using your own difference as a way to feed into your personal growth and creativity. Its also important to note that you really don’t need to like everything he says or follow his methods but just the energy of his voice and his ability to convey complex things in a simplistic understanding make him a hugely inspiring personality.
This audio clip featuring his full Esalen workshop from 1989.