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The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna
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Jul 13, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy, sci-fi, psychology, science, liberty, heresy, 1990s
Read from June 11 to 13, 2011 — I own a copy

Im tempted to give this book 5 stars because it was just so entertaining. McKenna goes off the deep end in numerous parts, but he is also surprisingly lucid and rational when discussing seemingly bizarre subjects such as the "stoned ape" theory of evolution. The number of topics in this book is astounding, so anyone interested in scifi, fantasy, ethnobotany, travels in south america, aliens, Lovecraft, pantheism, 2012, and a lot of others.

Even though McKenna was dead wrong about numerous things, the way he writes is very precise and easy to understand. Unlike many "mystics" it is easy to see where he is wrong because he states his viewpoint clearly without a fog of mystical sounding "eastern" language. This makes sense, as he is more of a Huxely psychonaut than a Tim Leary type. He claims to have come to his conclusions from a materialist, physicalist and even *gasp* reductionist premises.

Anyway, hes right more often than he is wrong, and his approach is totally solid. After reading this book I actually have a decent amount of respect for the guy whereas before I kind of giggled at him.

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