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Bobby Campbell (CC BY 2.0)

I find the series of Trialogues conducted between Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, and Ralph Abraham endlessly fascinating. I have listened with inflamed imagination to their discussions ad infinitum, finding them thus far inexhaustibly thought provoking.

For the most complete collection (42+ hours) of their discussions I refer you to The Psychedelic Salon’s Trialogues Archive. (It includes numerous recordings of their private discussions donated by Ralph Abraham.)

Though before I try to sell you on the deep cuts, let’s parade out the hits:



As perhaps one of the world’s biggest fans of this material, I dreamed the dream of getting to actively participate in the discussion, and in my own silly way, via e-mail, got to do just that.

from: Bobby Campbell
to: Ralph Abraham, Rupert Sheldrake
date: Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 1:47 PM
subject: Hello again, Ralph & Rupert!

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Harmon’s Head: Community & The 8 Circuit Model of Consciousness

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This is a model of the Dan Harmon created sitcom Community based on The Eight-Circuit Model of Consciousness, a metaphysiological construct developed by Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson.

It is most certainly an imperfect mapping of the show, based on an imperfect psychological model, which cherry picks certain characteristics, and ignores others, but I found that it ends up fitting far better than I expected it to, and since the show is known for its impeccable story structure, it’s interesting to find something resembling character structure as well. For the sake of simplicity this is based on the original “Greendale Seven Study Group” incarnation of the cast.

  1. Shirley Bennett – The Oral Biosurvival Circuit

This circuit is concerned with nourishment, physical safety, comfort and survival. This circuit is imprinted early in infancy. The imprint will normally last for life, unless it is re-imprinted by a powerful experience.Read the rest

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James Joyce — Modern Psychonaut

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“I am convinced personally that Mr. Joyce is a genius all the world will have to recognize.”
– Aleister Crowley, The Genius of Mr. James Joyce

“Joyce’s prose prepared me to enter psychedelic space.”
– Timothy Leary, FLASHBACKS

“(Finnegans Wake is) about as close to LSD on the page as you can get…”
– Terence McKenna, Surfing on Finnegans Wake

“If you’ve never had a psychedelic, reading Joyce is the next best equivalent.”
– Robert Anton Wilson, RAW Explains Everything

“I have read Finnegans Wake aloud at a time when takers of LSD said, ‘that is JUST LIKE LSD.’ So I have begun to feel that LSD may just be the lazy man’s form of Finnegans Wake.” 
– Marshall McLuhan, Q & A

“Someday I’m going to get my article published; I’m going to prove that Finnegans Wake is an information pool based on computer memory systems that didn’t exist until centuries after James Joyce’s era; that Joyce was plugged into a cosmic consciousness from which he derived the inspiration for his entire corpus of work.Read the rest

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Rocket Men: Pynchon & Leary

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A great moment in ultra-modern history: Timothy Leary reading Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow while in solitary confinement.

As reported by Tom Jackson on

A dynamic duo tackle Pynchon

Michael Johnson and Peter Quadrino have jointly released two blog posts that focus on Thomas Pynchon’s epic novel Gravity’s Rainbow.

Both discuss Timothy Leary’s fascination with the novel; Michael focuses more on Leary, while PQ offers more of an overview. Do read both pieces.

The Allure of Gravity’s Rainbow and Its Mysterious Author
by Peter Quadrino

Fugitive Thoughts: Timothy Leary’s Reading of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow
by Michael Johnson

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Eris’ New Dress

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A wonderfully Discordian media virus recently ran its course through the simultaneous resonance of our social networks, a meme so efficient and contentious that it became ubiquitous almost immediately, and can be invoked simply by saying “The Dress.”

Like the mythic Apple of Discord, thrown by Eris’ to instigate a fight amongst the gods, the ambiguously hued picture sparked immediate conflict amongst its viewers, who vigorously argued about its contents.

A media virus, as defined by Douglas Rushkoff, consists of a protective & sticky outer shell, and a hidden payload of memetic code. (A Trogan Horse for ideas.) The outer shell is the surface issue/face value of a meme, in this case, the question: “What color is this dress?”

The adhesive shell becomes attached to a host medium and thence its memetic programming gets injected therein. This meme was particularly sticky because people could not understand how anyone could possibly disagree with, what was presumed to be, their objective observation.… Read the rest

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Grant Morrison – Perdurabo

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The ruthlessly eloquent condemnation of Grant Morrison, unleashed by Alan Moore earlier this year, still seems to be ringing through the mediasphere. Dangerous Minds sums it all up quite succinctly with “Alan Moore really hates Grant Morrison’s guts.”

One of the more enchanting rhetorical spells Moore casts against his fellow scribe, taken from Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s interview, is when he refers to Morrison’s “herpes-like persistence.” Which he intends as an insult, one would assume, but unfolds as an illuminating insight into what makes Morrison’s work resonate.

Persistence! Through all manner of obstacle and difficulty. It reminds me very much of Aleister Crowley’s magical motto: “Perdurabo” a latin word which is generally translated as “I will endure to the end.”

I for one would like to express my sincere gratitude for Grant Morrison’s herpes-like persistence, long may it endure!

Alan Moore, of course, still totally rules, and I very much look forward to his participation in Daisy Eris Campbell’s dramatic adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger.Read the rest

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