Reviving The Archaic: A New View Of Evolution with Terence McKenna

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A staggering array of topics is covered in this classic meeting with a remarkable thinker—from integrating spirit with science to the role of psychoactive plants in human evolution, from the current rainforest situation to music and language as color and image. The late Terence McKenna boldly retells early human history, describing the role of “psychedelic shamanism” in early partnership societies, in the development of language and imagination, and in the past and future evolution of humanity. This is a mind-bending hour that ends too soon! (hosted by Michael Toms)


Terence McKenna was an American psychonaut, lecturer, and writer. He spoke on a variety of topics, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, hallucination, metaphysics, shamanism, language, historical and civilizational timelines, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was the creator of what he called novelty theory.

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Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 7/10/1991       Program Number: 2268

Music Included

From Album: Swans in July (re-release)
Artist: Bluemair
ITI Records #ITI 703CD
Track - Lagoon

From Album: Dreamtime Return
Artist: Steve Roach
1989 Fortuna Records #2CD 18055-2

From Album: Lagoon
Artist: Nik Tyndall
1990 Hearts of Space #HS11018-2