Friday, 16 September 2011

Trialogue: How The Web Looked Back In 1994

Trialogue: How The Web Looked Back In 1994

Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna, and Rupert Sheldrake were thinking about the World Wide Web at a time before it was yet two years old. Recorded in Hawaii sometime in 1994, this was a private trialogue (conversation) between the three of them in the garden at Terence's house on the Big Island of Hawaii. Fortunately for us they had the foresight to turn on a tape recorder that day.

"I believe that the World Wide Web is, as a matter of fact, the noogenesis of the noosphere of the future. This is it!" --Ralph Abraham

"Notice that throughout history the most oppressed group has not been the Jews, the Irish, the blacks, they've taken their hits, but the most consistently oppressed group of people throughout human history have been smart people. And now comes a tool for smart people [the Internet] utterly incomprehensible to dullards, that is essentially the equivalent of the hydrogen bomb." --Terence McKenna

"Chaotic as the Web is, what it is is a controlled psychedelic experience spreading through the populace at the highest levels of intelligentsia." --Terence McKenna

"What it [the Internet] will be in the future will depend on what kind of people with whatever motives would actually go there." --Ralph Abraham

"I think it's [the Internet] built into the evolutionary morphogenetic unfolding of the cosmos in that it could no more be stopped than mitocondria or societal organization." --Terence McKenna

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