This is a recording of a conversation between Dennis McKenna, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna, and Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now held before a live audience on March 14th, 2013 at the Riverside Church theater in Manhattan.
The event was presented by Evolver NYC, The Disinformation Company and the C-Realm Podcast. Filmmaker and futurist, Jason Silva, introduced the conversation which covered such topics as the way that information technology has changed how we perceive the passage of time and allowed for the forces of Orwellian social control to make one last gasp attempt at repression.
Other topics of conversation include the effects of debt-based money and the transition to clock-based labor, the naive materialism of Richard Dawkins, and the compromised version of the search for truth that modern science has become. Dennis McKenna relates his realization, 40 years after the fact, that the experiment at La Chorrera that he conducted with his brother Terence was their attempt to tear apart time and space to compensate for the death of their mother. In the Q & A, Douglas Rushkoff makes light of Ray Kurzweil and his Singularitarian vision of techno-immortality.
More conversations with Douglas and Dennis: