From a dialogue between
Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna
MP3 of this dialogue is now available for download.
It was featured in programs
19 & 20 of the Psychedelic Salon.
I mentioned in the dedication, this book was inspired by a
dialogue that took place on the evening of August 1, 1998
at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. That evening, Ralph
Abraham and Terence McKenna, who were both conducting weekend
workshops at the Institute, hosted a forum titled "The
World Wide Web and the Millennium." The following excerpts
from that discourse are not meant to be all-inclusive, but
are offered only to provide the flavor of their conversation
The World Wide Web is part of a quantum leap greater than
There is a spiritual side to the Web.
It's a brand new world out there folks. It's as profound
a shift in cultural values as the introduction of the phonetic
alphabet, or urbanization, or something like that.
The World Wide Web is a spawning ground for spiritual
wisdom. A natural process of accelerated evolution.
Information is primary. More primary than gravity, or
light, or matter. Information somehow precedes all of that.
In these special times when a big leap is happening, we
have enormous power. We have leverage. As Archimedes said,
"Give me a lever big enough and I'll move the world."
We really have the power to move the world through small deeds
It doesn't matter what you do during the 1,000 year periods.
Then we might as well go get rich. But between these periods
we can and must do great things through small deeds. It is
important to know when we're in a big leap.
The World Wide Web may be a landing zone for a creature
made of pure information. Perhaps all advanced intelligences
exist solely as information. You may catch an alien intelligence
in the Web-an intelligence which may not be able to rest in
the human mind or any environment other than digital.
The real issue with alien intelligence is knowing when you
have it in front of you because it is alien!
Suppose it actually mattered what we thought and what
we did and what we created. That the socks we bought, and
the detergent we bought, and that every single thing we did
mattered a thousand-fold more than at any other time. Then
it is important that we not predict the future but that we
work to create the future. This is our responsibility in a
millennial moment more than at other moments. So don't ask
about 2012, build it! That's what we say.