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 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 concept about the nature of time based on fractal patterns he claimed to have discovered in the I Ching, which he called novelty theory, proposing that this predicted the end of time, and 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 4,388,714 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Terence McKenna is the 2,284th most popular writer (up from 2,455th in 2019), the 2,926th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,138th in 2019) and the 264th most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Terence McKenna ranks 2,284 out of 5,755Before him are Paschasius Radbertus, Rebecca West, William Beckford, Johann Karl August Musäus, Audre Lorde, and Rifa'a al-Tahtawi. After him are Wieland Wagner, Richard Wurmbrand, Jean-Baptiste Dubos, Theodore Prodromos, Marthe Bibesco, and Günter Wallraff.

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Among people born in 1946, Terence McKenna ranks 198Before him are Cheech Marin, Tyne Daly, John Watson, Udo Lindenberg, Lesley Gore, and Antony Beevor. After him are Nicole Garcia, Jean-Luc Marion, Ahmad Zahir, Jim Hines, Toquinho, and Irena Szewińska. Among people deceased in 2000, Terence McKenna ranks 90Before him are Richard Farnsworth, Charles Gray, Pierre Pflimlin, Rabah Bitat, Andy Hug, and Baden Powell. After him are Claude Autant-Lara, Yehuda Amichai, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ahmad Shamlou, Claire Trevor, and Ursula Kuczynski.

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Among people born in United States, Terence McKenna ranks 2,926 out of 18,182Before him are George Huntington (1850), Clarence Brown (1890), Judith Resnik (1949), Carol W. Greider (1961), Audre Lorde (1934), and Stephen Smale (1930). After him are J. P. Guilford (1897), Don Norman (1935), Kurtwood Smith (1943), Jonathan Franzen (1959), Joel Asaph Allen (1838), and Jerry Brudos (1939).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Terence McKenna ranks 264Before him are Ben Hecht (1893), Ivy Lee (1877), Margaret Fuller (1810), Richard Ford (1944), John Kennedy Toole (1937), and Audre Lorde (1934). After him are Jonathan Franzen (1959), S. S. Van Dine (1888), Terry Goodkind (1948), Neil Postman (1931), Alexandra Ripley (1934), and Edward Bunker (1933).