Dennis McKenna: My Life with Terence McKenna

23 May 2016 • •

For his first time in the UK, Dennis McKenna discusses his book 'The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna'. He shares his personal experiences of growing up with Terrence, their time in the Amazon and their empirical research into psychedelics. 

A well-respected researcher and thinker, Dr Dennis McKenna explores his lifelong relationship with his older brother Terence, the great raconteur of wide-reaching philosophical and eschatological ideas. This evening is an appreciation not only of the life of both brothers but of their incredible work.

Dennis McKenna


Dennis McKenna has studied psychedelics for over 40 years. His research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon.


His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca used by the UDV, a Brazilian religious group. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Dennis is the younger brother of Terrence McKenna.

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