Our understanding of what is or isn't "real" is being challenged, thanks to hyper-connectivity, hyper-conductivity, and processor speed. How is our personal sense of "reality" being transformed by new technological highs?
Our natural language is simply too slow a software to carry the complexity, the simultaneity of multiple meanings, and the speed and quantity of cognitive connections among ideas and images that define the psychedelic state. Hence Xenolinguistics: the search for, creation and study of alien languages.
The primary problem with drugs is that they are illegal and/or state-controlled. This counter-evolutionary state control of substances that we ingest for other than nutritional purposes is the root cause of virtually all the problems that people are concerned about in connection with drugs, drug abuse, and drug-related crime.
Let me offer a
few possibilities about the days lie ahead — changes that may occur within
the next twenty or so years, roughly a single human generation, possibilities
that are taken seriously by some of today's best minds, potential
transformations of life on Earth and, perhaps, even what it means to be
The psychedelic philosopher and mushroom advocate Terence McKenna sometimes seriously and sometimes playfully predicted that a transformative event for planetary consciousness would happen on December 21, 2012. In Spring 1999, not long before his untimely passing, McKenna discussed his pathbreaking ideas with Erik Davis for this now-legendary article for Wired.