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Somehow I landed on this "skeptical debunking" of Terence McKenna's Timewave Zero notion:


Another comment author, Kasvio, provided a richer portrait of Terence and his modus operandi, to which I posted the following response:

Thank you for writing that comment, Kasvio. It amazes me that anybody could garner as much information about the specifics of the Timewave model and yet remain so oblivious to the general themes of Terence’s larger message. To label Terence McKenna as “New Age” requires complete ignorance of the history of what has come to be called the New Age movement, ignorance of Terence’s motivations and intentions, or a willingness to sweep nuance and inconvenient data under the rug. This last describes so many self-styled “skeptics” that Robert Anton Wilson coined a new term, zeteticism, to describe actual skepticism and differentiate it from the irrational rationalism that has camped under the banner of skepticism.

I doubt that any self-identified "skeptic" would take the time to listen to the full "In the Valley of Novelty" series of lectures, but most anyone who does so will soon grok why the "skeptic" who takes the time to "debunk" Timewave Zero is akin to someone who destroys a carp-shaped paper lantern with a shotgun thinking that he's shooting fish in a barrel.



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May. 17th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
I've always thought of the Timewave thing as McKenna's "mulligan", his one idea that I pretty much think is wrong and not all that helpful at all.

Which leaves us with...a whole lot of other really good stuff.
May. 17th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
McKenna's Mulligan
I agree. Unfortunately, it was also among his easiest ideas to understand and propagate, and so it is the thing about his life and work that is most widely known.
May. 19th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
i agree with both comments.

But importantly, if you zoom out enough.. Terence's description of a 'universal energy" (novelty) feels like it's moving in the right direction..

The theory and his ideas that encapsulate it are very interesting. Dismissing the idea isn't really worth it...stimulating stuff !!
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