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

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There is very little substantive basis for determining which specific drugs are dangerous and should be outlawed, and which are harmless or even beneficial in certain conditions.

McKenna traces the evolution of humanity's relationship with drugs, according to his own historical understanding, from our early 'archaic' roots, where he posits a polyamorous, tribal, cattle-rearing psychedelic culture, which was supplanted by a more patriarchal, horse-riding, dominator society.among the things really enjoyed about this book would be the authors mentioning of lesser thought of drugs like coffee, chocolate, sugar, and television. The texts seem to imply that the juice was purified by being poured through a woolen filter and then in some cases was mixed with milk. So far as McKenna's claims for am increase in the sex drive, another reproductive advantage, go, I have no opinion. 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.

And yet, for someone who almost literally worships psychedelics, he actually is actually highly judgmental of the use of drugs other than marijuana and psychedelics. But I think McKenna makes too strict an association between the use of drugs and visionary experience. In Food of the Gods, McKenna takes a historical look at the relationship between plants and human beings. Especially parts about drugs which are not considered so hard core in today's society, or aren't considered drugs at all: tea, coffee, tobacco, sugar, TV. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.She eats and shares the fruits of the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge, fruits which are “pleasing to the eye and pleasing to contemplate.

Terence McKenna definitely puts forth interesting and thought-provoking ideas, and I didn’t disagree with all of them.If we're using drugs as an escape rather than a spiritual exploration, then we're not using them for the right reasons, in his view.

The premise that spoke to me most was how our society has gone from a partnership model with nature to an abusive one. small amounts of Psilocybin, consumed with no awareness of its psychoactivity while in the general act of browsing for food, and perhaps later consumed consciously, impart a noticeable increase in visual acuity, especially edge detection. 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. I have attempted here to examine our biological history and our more recent cultural history with an eye to something that may have been missed.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.

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