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Entheogenic plant biologist Dennis McKenna and his adventures with his brother,psychedelic bard Terence McKenna

Listen Now Dr.Future Show Tuesday 6.18.13 Dennis McKenna

Dennis Mckenna visits us in the studio this week to share with us his research and insights into psychedelic plants, and a few tales from his amazing times with brother Terence McKenna,  psychonaut, lecturer, and writer. Terence was noted for his knowledge, and the ability to articulate his knowledge, of the use of psychedelicsmetaphysics, plant-based entheogens, and subjects ranging from shamanism, language, historical and civilizational timelines, the theoretical origins of human consciousness, and his concept of novelty theory.

Of the two brothers, Dennis is the scientist, having received his Master’s degree in botany at the University of Hawaii in 1979. He received his Doctorate in Botanical Sciences in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a dissertation entitled Monoamine oxidase inhibitors in Amazonian hallucinogenic plants: ethnobotanical, phytochemical, and pharmacological investigations.  

His research has included the pharmacologybotany, and chemistry of ayahuasca and oo-koo-hé, the subjects of his master’s thesis. He has also conducted extensive fieldwork in the PeruvianColombian, and Brazilian Amazon.

He has recently finished a memoir entitled “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss,” about his and his brother Terence’s journeys together. 

Listen Now to a reading from his memoir of a major Auyahusca vision that he had experienced.

Listen  to Dennis McKenna’s talk and readings from the Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss at the Capitola Book Cafe on 6.18.13