- Paperback: 229 pages
- Publisher: Bravo Ltd; Reprinted edition edition (21 Jun. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062506358
- ISBN-13: 978-0062506351
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the i Ching Paperback – 21 Jun 1994
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About the Author
Terrence McKenna has spent twenty-five years exploring "the ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation" and is a specialist in the ethnomedicine of the Amazon basin. He is coauthor, with his brother Dennis, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching, and the author of Food of the Gods.
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Top Customer Reviews
At this time the young, adventurous, scientific minded Mckenna brothers recalled their voyage of discovery. Through the use of hallucinogens they experienced thoughtful insights into shamanism, schizophrenia, the holographic nature of nature, and finally and maybe most memorably - they formulated a mathematical principle using the I-Ching that maps the history of 'Novelty'.
A great read, that will lead the reader on a voyage of their own.
An amazing book filled with mind-blowing theories and frequent genius insights... the authors are incredibly intelligent whether you take their inspirational thoughts at face value or not.
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 smoke DMT understands 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 is there now, with the elves. Rest in peace Terence!
The mind / drug section serves to create an air of scientific validity for the later I Ching manipulations. The lay reader is overwhelmed by "scientific" terminology, but whether a chemist would accept the speculations is doubtful.
The particular mathematical manipulations of the hexagrams are entirely spurious and have no connection with the I Ching itself. If there are no limits, any sequence of numbers can be played with to derive some sort of pattern. The McKennas could have used a book of random numbers to arrive at similar results. As a consequence all their neat diagrams and text are a pointless fantasy leading to their expected apocalypse.
It is in the same style as Eric von Daniken's books, and should be put on the bad science-fiction shelves.
The McKennas should have read "Straight and Crooked Thinking" by Robert Thouless before they put pen to paper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do we really know more about Nature, life and ourselves than most plants and flowers? These books about DMT and ayahuesca teach us otherwise.Published 24 months ago by Raymond
VERY INTRESTING BOOK , SLOWLY MAKING MY WAY THROUGH THE WISDOMPublished on 19 Feb. 2015 by A. C. Sarson
There are better McKenna books, at best this is an interesting perspective on how confusing psychedelics can be for an immature (albeit powerful) mind.Published on 19 Feb. 2015 by Tomé
Oh I love me a bit of TMcK. He's the hyper-gnome sitting in a DMT higher dimension, giggling at us all. Just don't *believe* a word of it! Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by sissyphus
WOW what a mind **** this is one weird book, I just wish I could understand more of it as it really is fascinating. Read is and feel your mind melt.Published on 5 Feb. 2011 by Anon
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