TERENCE MCKENNA (1946—2000) was one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism and a fixture of popular counterculture. An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, McKenna emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement and the emergent societal tendency he called The Archaic Revival.
He conducted lecture tours and workshops promoting natural psychedelics (psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, cannabis, and DMT) as a way to explore universal mysteries, stimulate the imagination and re-establish a harmonious relationship with nature.
In addition to psychedelic drugs, McKenna spoke on a wide array of subjects including; shamanism; metaphysics; alchemy; language; culture; self-empowerment; techno-paganism; artificial intelligence; evolution; extraterrestrials; science and scientism; the web; virtual reality (which he saw as a way to artistically communicate the experience of psychedelics); and aesthetic theory, specifically about art/visual experience as information representing the significance of hallucinatory visions experienced under the influence of psychedelics.
He is the author of: The Invisable Landscape; Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide; The Archaic Revival; Food of the Gods; and True Hallucinations.