Rational Scientific American readers surely scoff at claims—based on ancient Mayan calendars and other esoterica—that life as we know it will end this December, especially now that NASA experts have "crushed" the prophecy. But many folks out there are reportedly worried. Perhaps I can allay their anxieties by relating my encounter with a prominent popularizer of the doomsday meme, psychedelic guru Terence McKenna. In his books and lectures, McKenna extolled psychedelic drugs as a spiritual path superior to that of any mainstream religion. His book The Food of the Gods Bantam was a rigorous argument—complete with footnotes and bibliography—that mind-expanding plants and fungi catalyzed the transformation of our brutish ancestors into cultured modern humans. The visions inspired in our ancestors by these substances—and particularly by plants containing psilocybin, dimethytryptamine DMT and other psychedelics--were the seeds from which language sprung, followed by the arts, religion, philosophy, science and all of human culture, McKenna asserted.
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He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs , plant-based entheogens , shamanism , metaphysics , alchemy , language , philosophy , culture , technology , environmentalism , and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was called the " Timothy Leary of the '90s",   "one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism",  and the "intellectual voice of rave culture ". McKenna 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, and a transition of consciousness in the year Terence McKenna was born and raised in Paonia, Colorado ,    with Irish ancestry on his father's side of the family. McKenna developed a hobby of fossil-hunting in his youth and from this he acquired a deep scientific appreciation of nature. He finished high school in Lancaster, California. McKenna said that one of his early psychedelic experiences with morning glory seeds showed him "that there was something there worth pursuing",  and in interviews he claimed to have smoked cannabis daily since his teens. In , McKenna traveled to Nepal led by his interest in Tibetan painting and hallucinogenic shamanism. They hypothesised this would give them access to the collective memory of the human species , and would manifest the alchemists ' Philosopher's Stone which they viewed as a "hyperdimensional union of spirit and matter".