Terence Mckenna Biography
Born in 1946, author and explorer Terence McKenna has
spent the last twenty-five years in the study of the ontological foundations of
shamanism and the ethno-pharmacology of spiritual transformation. McKenna, the
founder of Novelty Theory, graduated from the University of California at
Berkeley with a distributed major in Ecology, Resource Conservation and
Shamanism. After graduation he traveled extensively in the Asian and New World
Tropics, becoming specialized in the shamanism and ethno-medicine of the Amazon
Basin. With his brother Dennis, he is the author of The Invisible
Landscape and Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Growers'
Guide. A study of the impact of psychotropic plants on human culture
and evolution Food of the Gods has recently been published by
Bantam, and a book of essays and conversations, The Archaic
Revival quickly followed from Harper San Francisco. Most recently a
group of discursive chats, Trialogues at the Edge of the West,
with mathematician Ralph
Abraham and British biologist Rupert Sheldrake, has been published in
English, German, French and Spanish editions. His latest book is, True
Hallucinations, a narrative of spiritual adventure in the jungles of
the Colombian Amazon. He recently appeared on a number of CDs and live
performances with musical groups such as The Shamen and Zuvuya in England and
Space/Time in San Francisco. Other titles and CD releases are also being
planned. McKenna is the father of two children, a girl fourteen and a boy
seventeen. Currently he lives in Hawaii, where he divides his time between
writing and lecturing. His most recent interests include web site building and
multimedia modeling of historical processes using Novelty Theory, a branch of
fractal dynamics invented by McKenna.
McKenna's publicist is Leslie Rossman and her phone/ fax contact is
510-658-7520. She can be reached by e-mail, too.
Terence Mckenna can also be reached by e-mail.
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