Re[2]: Terence McKenna

Guru George (
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 23:18:17 +0100

On Thu, 17 Jul 1997 14:25:07 +0100 (BST)
Mark Grant <> wrote:

>Guru George ( wrote:
>>Check it out. He's a good writer, and he is coherent - he doesn't
>>babble, and he really makes an effort to be clear and precise. If he's
>>mad he's mad in a really interesting way, not a boring way like the
>>usual flake.
>I spent some time on his mailing list last year; he seems like a loon to
>me, or at least to loudly ignore any evidence against his theories (the
>few people who openly questioned the theories on the list soon gave up and
>left). In fact the general list philosophy seemed to be taking 'intution'
>over evidence and ranting against scientists.
That's a shame. Still, I think his ideas will probably have a life of
their own, and lead on to other, better ones. Another point I forgot to
mention, which was the main reason I read Food of the Gods at the time,
was how his theory ties in so neatly with Riane Eisler's (Chalice and
the Blade), about how early human civilisations (round about early
Jericho, Mohenjo Daro, etc.) were kind of 'nice', with equality between
the sexes and stuff, but unfortunately got invaded by several successive
waves of hard bastards from tougher climes, who introduced all the
unfortunate trappings of what she calls 'dominator' culture - IOW
'patriarchy', heirarchy, etc.

That's another theory which, in its raw state is probably too neat to be
true (I've read some interesting criticisms of Eisler/Gimbutas by
Marxist feminist critics), but has a certain degree of plausibility.

Guru George