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E-Book [EN] Dennis McKenna – The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss

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From the Foreword of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss:

When Dennis asked me to write a foreword for this book, I was surprised and delighted. It had never occurred to me that such a book would require any foreword at all. Dennis is a well-respected researcher and thinker, and many of us have read his scientific papers or listened with pleasure to his interdisciplinary lectures, which combine ethnobotany, psychopharmacology, history, and philosophical reflections. But this is not an academic book. It is the long-awaited account of his lifelong relationship with his older brother Terence, the great raconteur of wide-reaching philosophical and eschatological ideas. In other words, what we have here is the privilege of going behind the curtains and peering into the private lives of these two extraordinary brothers, the poet and the scientist, the public figure and the more retiring originator of ideas, one who haunts us from the invisible yet pervasive World Wide Web (his words still fresh and even more relevant twelve years after his death), the other still with us, wise, and with an acute sense of humor. Like his brother, Dennis is a teacher from whom we still have much to learn.

Luis Eduardo Luna
Florianópolis, Brazil
August 3, 2012

About the Author

Dennis McKenna currently teaches in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia and has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 30 years. He is a founding board member of the Heer Research Institute, a non-prot organization that supports research on therapeutic applications of psychedelics. Dennis was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the rst biomedical investigation of a psychedelic sacrament used in Brazil.

A review from psypressuk.com

In the autumn of 2012, ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna’s “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss – My Life with Terence McKenna” was published to an audience of dedicated fans of the late writer, lecturer and “psychedelic bard”. Twelve years after his death and close to the much discussed end date of the Mayan calendar on 21 December 2012 – which he was strongly associated with through his Timewave Zero theory – it was time to take a deep look at Terence’s life and legacy.

The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
is a comprehensive work divided into three parts: Beginnings, Into the Abyss and Invisible Landscapes. Told in a chronological manner, the book consists of 50 short chapters. It’s a pleasant touch that makes for a smooth reading experience, which is further alleviated by Dennis’ surprisingly accessible and well-written prose. The book also contains 37 images. One of the most notable is a photo aptly used on the cover. Shot circa 1957, it shows “Terry” – the poet – gazing dreamily into the distance, while younger brother “Denny” – the scientist – is holding a pair of binoculars. It’s as if the picture was destined for the cover of a biography.

The book is obviously aimed towards those who are fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the McKenna brothers’ shared experiences, especially what took place during their journey to Colombia in 1971, which in McKenna lore is commonly known as “the experiment at La Chorrera”, the purpose of which was, in Dennis’ words, “nothing less than to trigger an end to history” (McKenna 285). Fascinating and disturbing at the same time, the experiment nearly pushed Dennis over the edge: “I was acutely aware of how close I had come to losing it completely” (McKenna 278). http://psypressuk.com/2013/06/11/li...ood-of-the-screaming-abyss-by-dennis-mckenna/

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