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In 1971 ethnobotanist McKenna ( The Archaic Revival ), his brother Dennis and three friends boated to a town in Amazonian Colombia, seeking a hallucinogenic plant that enables the Witoto tribe to talk to elf-like "little men." In psychedelicized ravings interspersed with diary excerpts, McKenna records their experiences after ingesting mind-altering mushrooms and other psychoactive plants. A flying saucer slowly flew over McKenna's head; he calls it a "holographic mirage" of a future technology. Dennis had a revelation about a "psychofluid" that pervades the universe. McKenna flashes forward to Hawaii in 1975 where mantis-like creatures from hyperspace attack his lover, and flashes back to his tantric lovemaking in Tibet and to Indonesia where unrepentant Nazi scientists tried to recruit him in 1970. He posits the existence of a particle of time, the chronon , which conditions matter. A bizarre book.
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Unlike McKenna's last book, the preposterous Food of the Gods ( LJ 2/15/92), this work is more an adventure story than an anthropological treatise. It is the chronicle of the author's 1971 trip to the Amazon jungle in search of secret tribal hallucinogens. While his band of hippie adventurers never do find the fabled hallucinogen "oo-koo-he," they do manage to ingest an incredible amount of native psilocybin mushrooms, which trigger mystical and psychic experiences. It is hard to accept McKenna's conclusion that something unexplainable really did happen in the Amazon. Instead, his book reads like an account of an especially chaotic drug experience. Pseudoscientific ramblings concerning the nature of time serve only to move this book farther out toward the fringes. McKenna's story will be of interest to certain subcultures, but the appeal will not extend to most general readers. An optional purchase for public libraries.
- Eric Hinsdale, Trinity Univ. Lib., San Antonio
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062506528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062506528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an adventurer's tale; a gripping account of the harrowing experiences of a group of hippie thrill-seekers. This book is a real page-turner. It reads like a good novel, and there is never a dull moment. It is simply a blow-by-blow account of the author's drug-induced experiences in the Amazon jungle, a cross between an episode of National Geographic Explorer and an article out of High Times. Some Terence Mckenna enthusiasts might be somewhat dissapointed, however, because _True Hallucinations_ is not a potent philosophical work like his other books. It is not an attempt to root out the meaning of existence or discover the origins of the universe, but is instead just an entertaining romp through the jungle. Also an update: Dennis McKenna is alive and well and has been actively researching ethnopharmacology for 40 years. His writings have been published in scientific journals and his latest ideas are available on youtube and other internet sites and blogs. This is to correct and retract my earlier assertion that he somehow experienced bad side effects as a result of his research.
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Even if Mckenna didn't have the remarkable theories (whether you believe them or not) to go along with his adventures, this would remain a great read. Mckenna has an exemplary control of the language and his wit is untouchable. Of the three books by him I have read, this remains my favorite, and I think it is the one most suited for the non-specialist. One of my favorite books.
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This book was a spiritual eye-opener. I now look at society, mushrooms, and the world from a completely different perspective. I read the book aloud to my wife, and Terence McKenna's prose filled the room with as much weight as the little voices in your head. A remarkable read from a remarkable man. We actually passed this book on to a friend who was interested, and are moving on to another of McKenna's books as well as a spoken-word/music CD. Highly recommended to anyone with an open mind and the ability to question ones own reality (just remember that you create your own reality).
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Hands down--Terence McKenna is the best storyteller that I've ever encountered, and True Hallucinations is one of my very favorite books of all-time. Terence's masterfully-crafted language simply holds me spellbound. A lot of people aren't aware that the book True Hallucinations is actually based upon a nine CD audio set of Terence telling the tale of his extraordinary adventures in the Amazon. As incredible as this book is, it simply pales by comparison next to the original "talking book." Terence was a master of language, and hearing him tell this story in his own voice is an incomparable experience. The True Hallucinations Talking Book was published by Sound Photosynthesis in Mill Valley, California.
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This is another great book from the McKenna's. I wouldn't listen to the people giving this book bad reviews based on things like McKenna's death from brain cancer. Brain cancer is more likely to be caused by food additives like aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG. The U.S.'s oppressive government has been trying a long time to find legitimate reason to say psychedelics are bad for and the best things that they can come up with are rumors they start that LSD makes your brain bleed on your spine and if you do it seven times your legally insane. Both are completely ridiculous.

They also make the argument that you can go to a Dead show and see all the burnouts and that's all caused by psychedelics. At dead shows however they are burnouts they are not taking mushrooms and ayhuasca in religious shamanic ways. They spending days at a time strung out on psychedelics, uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers. More like Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing. Not nearly the type of use McKenna tries to promote.

As for the book, I'd say read it. It will help you understand why running around with a swollen ego and worried about your material possessions is not a good way to live your life.
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I have experienced similar things like McKenna, but i am just in the begining of my personal experience. Read this book is like wake and understand that the experience whit the mushroom is deeper than any religion because it explores your own subconscience and your own spirit. McKenna is being the voice to the people who don't fall in the material hoax that this century have. Is good to see a book that can involve you in a new world full whit lots of posibilities, and is good to see a man who can dig without fear.
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Terence McKenna used to tell a story of giving a huge dose of DMT to a very old Tibetan monk whilst travelling through Asia. The monk was "Not one of those alcoholic fund-raiser Lamas, but the real thing" (McKenna). Terence said the monk told him that the DMT experience was the lesser lights and that you cannot go further than this and return to your body. "I believed him, McKenna said," the guy took it like a man, I mean; he must have been over 90 years old". In the presence of this spirit, all the capability of human conception sinks exhausted, with nothing to hold onto but a fall into a place outside of metaphysics; a palace of radiant light.

But we still believe that death is it!

This isn't how Terence McKenna saw the world. McKenna was the man who's seen, who's shot up from the world, like zooming out on Google Earth to see the planet from a higher vantage point, the man who is high, like Galileo with his telescope, will see the blind people as the Buddha saw people them. The high man will pay no heed to normal life, or even technology, because he is high and he knows that the world is illusion and so is death. After all, our fascination with technology and progress is a tranquilliser from the fear of death. But Terence McKenna used to say that the only reason we fear death is because we haven't been high enough, to peak over the singularity of biology. One who's smoked DMT knows that death is just the body dying.

Terence McKenna said that he glimpsed the after-death state on DMT. This is what Terence McKenna hinted at in many of his talks and this is the fascination with these magical pathways to the ecology of souls.

Terence McKenna is there now, with the elves. Rest in peace Terence!
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