Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

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Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

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When you don't know what the hell you're talking about, but you want to sound like modern biology is on your side, and you want to develop a transcendent philosophy, it's tempting to assume that evolution means progress. Like sexuality, altered states of consciousness are taboo because they are consciously or unconsciously sensed to be entwined with the mysteries of our origin—with where we came from and how we got to be the way we are.

To those who find themselves asking lifes more philosophical questions, think for themselves, have an interest within psychoactive substances, wonder where we come from and challenge the norm then this is a book for you. What could genetic engineering make possible, like combining the positive or mind-altering aspects in one single plant? Alternative ideas of how something might have developed are always interesting and in this case, two interesting questions come to mind.This was often combined with climbing very high mountains, which gives extra weakening to the brain by a lack of oxygen so that the sh** can kick in like hell. What surprising results may the interdisciplinary field of ethnobiology find in the future both about our past development and the coming influences of what we are consuming right now, looking at you, eating or high reader. When thinking about drugs, we tend to focus on episodes of intoxication, but many drugs are normally used in sub threshold or maintenance doses; coffee and tobacco are obvious examples in our culture.

Nonostante la mole di testimonianze sia architettoniche, sia chimiche che biologiche apportate da quel matto assoluto di McKenna, le argomentazioni restano tuttavia fallaci, insufficienti, e l'ipotesi di McKenna resta più un'affascinante favola piuttosto che una teoria scientificamente valida. Again and again, and in various ways, we find Soma intimately connected with the symbolism and rituals related to cattle and pastoralism.It may be true, as he asserts, that in small doses they help with visual acuity, while in large doses they help dissolve one’s ego and foster a sense of community. It is important to use only those compounds that do not insult the physical brain; regardless of what the physical brain does or doesn’t have to do with the mind, it certainly has much to do with the metabolism of hallucinogens. For a start, these things are naturally occurring in plants and in our bodies, plus, current and archaic societies have been using them for a long time.

Since reading that and Food of the Gods I've enjoyed many hours of listening to recordings of McKenna's lectures. The psilocybin mushroom religion, born at the birth of cognition in the grasslands of Africa, may actually be the generic religion of human beings.This book was my choice and it seems to be the best choice for a beginner of Terence McKenna, as the book 'Food Of The Gods' explains a lot of Terence's theories and ideas. This definition denies that sugar can act as a highly addictive drug, yet the evidence is all around us.

He further asserts that humans should be free to use mind-expanding substances, like those of our ancestors, and for many of the same reasons, if only we could break free from the power structures that prevent us from living our lives to the fullest. Could it not be that we are willing to pay the terrible toll that alcohol extracts because it is allowing us to continue the repressive dominator style that keeps us all infantile and irresponsible participants in a dominator world characterized by the marketing of ungratified sexual fantasy?This would suggest that there is a structure that is pre-given, but the meaning attributed to that structure would presumably be constructed through an interactive process between the perceiver and the perceived. The only religions that are more than the traditionally sanctioned moral codes are trance, dance ecstasy, and intoxication by hallucinogens. Most people are addicted to some substance and, more important, all people are addicted to patterns of behavior. The fact that these plants are strictly prohibited and culturally discouraged without any serious reasons related to health tells me that these things have the potential/ability to destroy/transform the assumptions upon which our culture is based. Ibogaine, the indole hallucinogen responsible for the pharmacological activity of the Bwiti plant, is widely recognized both as a factor holding married couples together in the face of Fang institutions like easy divorce and as an aphrodisiac.

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