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on 25 January 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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on 18 September 2014
I'm halfway through this book - a pdf version I found for free online. Just bought it from Amazon because it's so good I know I'll read it again, and like having "real" copies of the books I really enjoy. (also means I can lend it to friends).
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on 10 June 2010
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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on 21 October 2014
Awesome. I love this well worth every penny
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on 20 December 2015
another book for the master of the mind...
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on 19 December 2012
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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on 25 April 2015
great book
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