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About the Author

Terrence McKenna has spent twenty-five years exploring "the ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation" and is a specialist in the ethnomedicine of the Amazon basin. He is coauthor, with his brother Dennis, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching, and the author of Food of the Gods.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062506358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062506351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Ross James Browne on June 2, 2003
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_The Invisible Landscape_ by Terence and Dennis Mckenna is a highly modernized, up-to-date version of Jungian psychotherapy with an emphasis on brain-chemistry at the molecular level. Mckenna has fascinating theories on the nuances and inner workings of the subatomic particles within the DNA molecules in the human brain. According to Mckenna, the behavior of the atoms within our DNA actually determines the very nature of our conscious existence. Specifically, the patterns in which the electrons orbit the atomic nuclei in our DNA atoms form an Analog representation of what we are seeing; the electrons themselves move in such a manner as to create a type of morse-code which translates our sense perceptions into conscious being. This "analog theory of the brain" represents the crowning achievement of this book. The vibrations of the subtomic particles in our brain create reality in the same way in which digital and analog code create images on a computer screen.
But all of this has yet to be proved. Nevertheless, _The Invisible Landscape_ is a modern masterpiece of speculative philosophy/psychology. It represents the outermost reaches of far-seeing speculative theory. It is, therefore, a welcome departure from more conservative forms of thinking. Terence Mckenna also tries his hand at claivoyant soothsaying, providing the reader with his own unique doomsday prophecy loosely based on the hexagrams of the I-Ching. This so-called "timewave zero" graph maps the cycles of cultural and social "novelty" mankind has experienced over history. Suffice it to say that this theory is still open to debate.
Overall, the analog theory of mind, along with the "holographic theory of mind", make this book worth reading.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on October 21, 2002
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a razzle dazzle trip through math, mysticism and madness that will surely make the poet rejoice while the "rational" scientist churns. Among McKenna's work, I find this one to require the greatest stretch or leap of the imagination - which makes it one of my favorites!
To fully enjoy and understand the brilliance of McKenna, one must open up their intuition and greatest capacity for open-mindedness. We are dealing with visionaries musing at the extremes and blissing out with philosophic rapture or torture at almost every turn. These are experiences way beyond the "realities" most will ever know.
Another remarkable capacity of Terence was his ability to spin the words in a way that adventurously captures the essence of the experience while entertaining his readers literally BEYOND BELIEF!
As for the entheogen-cynics that knocked McKenna: He had more insight and made more contribution than all the cynics put together.
Long live his indomitable spirit!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Schuman on April 1, 1999
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Terence McKenna and his brother relate their experience with a South American psychoactive plant, and the mind-blowing (mind-blown?) insights that they gained from it. The I Ching's 'King Wen sequence' of the 64 hexagrams is interpreted as a digital code, and in fractal geometry-like fashion, concatenated onto itself to create a wave function for the entirety of the universe, with its peaks and minima related to rises and falls in the rate of 'novelty' in reality as different dimensional realities interpenetrate in the McKennas' version of 'the end of the world as we know it.'
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. LiPera on April 5, 2003
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The authors have a great hypothesis regarding the relationship between consciousness, neurochemistry, quantum mechanics, and the I Ching, but they get bogged down in a writing style that seems aimed at a very narrow segment. There is no need to write in such a way as to confuse readers. If they had decided to write a book more accessible to the average reader in its style, I believe that their ideas would be more widely known and believed today. As it is, I doubt that more than several hundred people have any idea of the connections that they have made.
Overall, just a shame to lose such a great idea.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Isantis on March 8, 2012
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I am a shaman with great knowledge of metaphysics and such fields of knowledge. This is a tremendous book indeed, as everyone knows. However I am writing this review to warn people, because it is a book that one must have a serious working knowledge in many fields, college level ideally, in order for them to be able to understand the material it contains. I have not gone to college, so I do not have working knowledge of chemistry or many of the things that this book is written assuming the reader has working knowledge of. I am just a simple shaman. Many pages would take me a day or two to read because I had to look up several words per sentence, and then in the defintions themselves I would have to look up other words, because this was college level terminology. I am no stranger to esotericism, I can understand the concepts of this book when I skim it, but trying to actually read it and every one of its precise mechanics was impossible unless I wanted to enroll in a university. It is a phenomenal book yes, but for those without college education it may be extremely frustrating to undertake, and take quite some time to read with full comprehension.
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