Terence McKenna

Philosopher, Author

1946 – 2000

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Who was Terence McKenna?

Terence Kemp McKenna was an American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, and author. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.

He was called the "Timothy Leary of the 90's", "one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism" and the "intellectual voice of Rave culture". He also formulated a concept about the nature of time based on fractal patterns he claimed to have discovered in the I Ching, which he called novelty theory, proposing this predicted the end of time in the year 2012. His promotion of novelty theory and its connection to the Mayan calendar is credited as one of the factors leading to the widespread beliefs about 2012 eschatology. Novelty theory is considered pseudoscience.

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Born
Nov 16, 1946
Paonia
Also known as
  • McKenna, Terence
  • Terence K. McKenna
  • Terence Kemp McKenna
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
Died
Apr 3, 2000
San Rafael

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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