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True Hallucinations [Hardcover]

Terence McKenna
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April 1993
This mesmerizing, surreal account of the bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, is a wild ride of exotic experience and scientific inquiry. Exploring the Amazon Basin in search of mythical shamanic hallucinogens, they encounter a host of unusual characters -- including a mushroom, a flying saucer, pirate Mantids from outer space, an appearance by James and Nora Joyce in the guise of poultry, and translinguistic matter -- and discover the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language.
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  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1 edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062505459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062505453
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Journey upriver into a mind 25 Jan 2007
This is a remarkable account of a journey to the Amazon, where a local variety of psilocybin mushrooms were taken, as well as ayahuasca, the shamanic brew, over a period of weeks. This was no aimless hippytrip just to get high, but an attempt to penetrate the mysteries of time and space. Since Mckenna, and his brother afterwards came up with the notion of the 'TimeWave' and had a computer programme developed from it, their findings are worth tapping into. Though a serious account, there are comic moments, and the author often resorts to his journal of the time, regarding his younger self with a raised eyebrow. If you have ever been in the space he describes, you will understand it all clearly, if you haven't you'll be perturbed and puzzled.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Quest for the Secret 10 Jun 2010
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Terence McKenna has produced a very personal account of his Quest for the Secret deep in the Amazon basin. Slightly in the style of Carlos Castaneda his jungle epic is full of personal observations, speculations and theorising.

Mostly enjoyable, sometimes rambling, this beautifully bound hardback book is an interesting voyage through the world of the Seeker After Truth.

There must be hundreds of Westerners down in South America now that conflicts have made the Hippy Trail of the 60's a bit dangerous. This could be the story of any of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Found Some Mushrooms........... 19 Dec 2012
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Terrence Mckenna, The name says all you need to know if you are aware of his body of work. As much as his books have covered all of his Epistemology i think the internet via people uploading his numerous Video lectures on youtube has greatly expanded our understanding of his ideas but i think you have to read his books too and this in my opinion is his best. I wont cover the story as others have beat me to it, but this is more than a book about the experiences with entheogenic substances (although they do it a lot and to the limit !!) its also a great adventure story and in parts is similar to The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (which apparently was an inspiration for there trip). The crux of the story which i found hilarious is that as much as they were in search of the holy grail of shamanic entheogens ayahuasca they stumbled upon Psilocybin mushrooms which were the main antagonist for most of there most enlightening experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 26 Mar 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening experience 28 Jun 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny and Provocative 21 May 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest misterys come in stranges ways 28 April 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better as an Audio Book! 29 Aug 2007
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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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