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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As an odyssey of mind, body and spirit, Food of the Gods is one of the most fascinating and surprising histories of consciousness ever written. The Tassili-n-Ajjer of 12,000 BC may well have been the partnership paradise whose loss has created one of the most persistent and poignant of our mythological motifs—the nostalgia for paradise, the idea of a lost golden age of plenty, partnership, and social balance. The name evolution might sound like it implies a kind of biological progress, but that's not what it is. McKenna does deserve applause for his positive vision and affirmation of the value of expansion of consciousness.

This relationship between human beings and mushrooms had to have also included cattle, the creators of the only source of the mushrooms. The effect of these compounds is largely psychological and is only partially culturally conditioned; in fact, the compounds act to dissolve cultural conditioning of any sort. Once Heroin, invented as a cure for Morphine addiction, was introduced, it quickly replaced morphine as the synthetic [[Opiates]] of choice among addicts.The historical and health impacts of our seemingly harmless drugs of choice like caffeine and sugar cannot be overstated. a field watch on the easting habits of 'stoned' apes and chimpanzees - these adventures are all a part of ethnobotanis t Terence McKenna's extraordinary quest to discover the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. I sincerely hope, that every reader will understand it correctly, yet i understand that this is impossible.

Anyhow so his thing is like, mushroom trips break down the ego and through mushroom tripping and orgies society was more equal and women were shamans and decision makers and everyone got along and made telepathic decisions about what the group should do, which is why he thinks we need everyone to trip on mushrooms or smoke raw DMT and communicate with entities I guess. What we see, how we interpret what we see, and then how we present what we see, are three different things (and tricky, if not impossible, to tease apart the three). Terence McKenna (1946–2000) was an American ethnobotanist, psychonaut and author noted for his knowledge of psychedelics, metaphysics and subjects ranging from shamanism to the origins of language and civilization. Some of the points are spot on, he includes television as one of the drugs invented in the 20th century.

He was noted for his knowledge of the use of psychedelic, plant-based entheogens, and subjects ranging from shamanism, the theoretical origins of human consciousness, and his concept of novelty theory. This seems to suggest that Greek wines were more akin to extracts and tinctures of other plant essences than they were to wine as we know it today.

In fact, part of his argument for the stoned ape theory is based on misrepresentation of one particular study. Thus, at this second level of usage, by increasing instances copulation, the mushrooms directly favored human reproduction. Some of the things he asserts are interesting and engaging to think about and entertain, but most of what he says seems to be fueled by his own adventures as a psychonaut and not concepts that are based in any measurable reality. This divide, which McKenna also represents as being entirely black and white, is yet more baseless idealism, and a clear example of the "noble savage" trope. This book goes from primate-substance relationships, through the VERY first recorded religious-substance relationships (they were mushroom worshippers), to modern-day substance relationships.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.

It does seem like we can learn something about human psychology and physiology by understanding drugs better, their effects, and their actual dangers. 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. The ideas contained in his book reflect on every aspect of who we beleive ourselves to be as a species in every aspect of humanity. It must be a temptation though, to project experiences of post-modern psychedelic culture and aspirations, onto a pre-modern template.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.

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