Terence McKenna

1946 - 2000

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Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist and mystic who advocated for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, environmentalism, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was called the "Timothy Leary of the '90s", "one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism", and the "intellectual voice of rave culture".McKenna formulated a "novelty theory" regarding the nature of time based on fractal patterns, which he claimed to discover in the I Ching, and predicting a transition of consciousness in the year 2012. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terence McKenna has received more than 3,981,504 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Terence McKenna is the 2,457th most popular writer (up from 2,766th in 2019), the 3,139th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,373rd in 2019) and the 290th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Terence McKenna ranks 2,457 out of 5,794Before him are Violette Leduc, Maria Skobtsova, John Brunner, Avetik Isahakyan, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, and Péter Esterházy. After him are Alessandro Baricco, Leonard Woolf, Oscar Cullmann, Salvador de Madariaga, Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, and Consort Ban.

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Among people born in 1946, Terence McKenna ranks 187Before him are Grigory Margulis, Shlomo Sand, Michael Radford, Héctor Lavoe, Issa Hayatou, and Jesualdo Ferreira. After him are Maria Bethânia, Robert Fisk, Alison Steadman, Rita Marley, Petre Roman, and Minoru Kobata. Among people deceased in 2000, Terence McKenna ranks 100Before him are Kalle Svensson, Charles Gray, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Bernhard Wicki, Elek Schwartz, and Claude Autant-Lara. After him are Basil Bernstein, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Rabah Bitat, Leonidas Pyrgos, Domingos da Guia, and Bruno Zevi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Terence McKenna ranks 3,139 out of 15,968Before him are Michael V. Gazzo (1923), Chad Smith (1961), John D. Rockefeller III (1906), Sylvia Miles (1924), Randy Quaid (1950), and Doris Hart (1925). After him are Ethel Kennedy (1928), Richard Hamming (1915), H. Robert Horvitz (1947), Alan Guth (1947), Jim Hall (1930), and Alan Dershowitz (1938).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Terence McKenna ranks 290Before him are Lawrence Block (1938), Budd Schulberg (1914), Mary Baker Eddy (1821), Jack Williamson (1908), Richard Wright (1908), and Richard Ford (1944). After him are Booker T. Washington (1856), Adrienne Rich (1929), Erica Jong (1942), Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892), Horace McCoy (1897), and Herman Wouk (1915).