The McKenna Connection
I discovered the McKennas’ work some months after the Glide download in 1998. The realization that ‘the visual language thing’ was not just my own private psychedelic Idaho opened the door to considering the interaction of psychedelics and language as a broader question. To my surprise, there were at least two other human beings similarly possessed by ideas of evolutionary language, playing with a novel symbolic system, trying to express their findings in words and software, and stating a connection to the I Ching as a visual language, divinatory system, and mathematical object.
I felt I was living in an adjacent psychedelic mythology.
Digesting the McKenna worldview added fuel to the fire in three ways.