True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise

Terence McKenna, Author, Terrance K. McKenna, Author HarperOne $22 (237p) ISBN 978-0-06-250545-3
In 1971 ethnobotanist McKenna ( The Archaic Revival ), his brother Dennis and three friends boated to a town in Amazonian Colombia, seeking a hallucinogenic plant that enables the Witoto tribe to talk to elf-like ``little men.'' In psychedelicized ravings interspersed with diary excerpts, McKenna records their experiences after ingesting mind-altering mushrooms and other psychoactive plants. A flying saucer slowly flew over McKenna's head; he calls it a ``holographic mirage'' of a future technology. Dennis had a revelation about a ``psychofluid'' that pervades the universe. McKenna flashes forward to Hawaii in 1975 where mantis-like creatures from hyperspace attack his lover, and flashes back to his tantric lovemaking in Tibet and to Indonesia where unrepentant Nazi scientists tried to recruit him in 1970. He posits the existence of a particle of time, the chronon , which conditions matter. A bizarre book. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 04/01/1993
Genre: Religion
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-06-250652-8
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