At Powell's about to listen to a scholar discuss psychedelic spirituality in Robert Anton Wilson, Terence McKenna, and PKD. Fun fact: I'm eternally grateful to have devoured every single book Wilson ever wrote from the ages of 13 to 17. Even if I now agree with very little of what he posited, it was a perfect antidote to the center-right DC-area liberalism I was brought up on. In many ways he taught me to think, up until I thought enough to leave him behind!
Author posits that while DMT has been part of counterculture for as long as lsd, DMT didn't really enter the broad counterculture discourse until the 90s and electronic music culture because it resonated with the public's sense of digital media and "cyberspace" broadly.
My take is, maybe cyberpunk primed the public to enjoy DMT trips more than the 60s generation ever enjoyed them
"Really, all of this comes down to the question: what IS imagination?"
@darius As a huge fan of Erik Davis' work (you should check out his podcast and techgnosis.com) I'm glad you've discovered this well known guy, it's super weird that you didn't mention his name. It's a great book, and I've a little jealous I missed that talk.
@wschenk I assumed people would click the link! I've never heard of him, I assumed he was some random academic, the reading wasn't particularly well attended (or poorly attended)
@darius he's scholarly in his writings but he's certainly not an ivory tower type, which is what was jarring in that description to me. But have fun getting deeper into his work, I've really enjoyed it (esp the podcast for those road trance type car trips) and I hope you enjoy it also
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