I wonder, have you ever heard the theory that our ability to speak intelligible words & phrases evolved as the direct result of our domestication of
dogs, perhaps up to 30,000 years ago..? Fascinating theory, and quite plausible I believe.
When considering that theory recently, I got to wondering about the development of sentience in Homo Sapiens, and came to the conclusion that there
must have been a wave of a somewhat singular transitory incidents being repeated among the members of a few particular clans, which, as a result of
'whatever', then went on to cross the boundary divide from animal consciousness, to full-on "I think therefore I am" sentient consciousness.
Now, cards on the table, I'm a Christian, and I believe in God, I believe He directs the course of our evolution in myriad ways. But as part of my
ruminations on the grand tapestry of nature & our deep connections to it, in terms of plants which are de facto 'designer drugs' - those which heal
maladies in the human & animal body as though they were tailor-made for the job - I also got to thinking about the role of entheogenic plant
substances in prehistoric times, in terms of their effects on our primitive consciousness. Knowing the way that such substances can unlock aspects of
mind, alter our perspective on the external & internal world, and so on, I wonder whether perhaps a particular clan (or several) went through a phase
of consuming entheogenic substances as a result of the suggestions of one of their number who had accidentally unlocked his mind by eating something
perhaps he wouldn't have eaten if he'd known what it was, etc.. And then this experimental usage had the effect of unlocking sentience for larger
numbers of the clans, where before had been only advanced animal consciousness.
Would that be so hard to believe? I mean, the dawn of consciousness probably wasn't a thunderbolt to the brain from on high - it was, however, the
crossing of a liminal-type boundary in our conscious experience, a matter of degrees from animal to sentient - could the use of entheogens have had
the effect of tipping the scales at the perfect moment, altering their outlook & capacity to reflect on self, in context of being a part of a bigger
whole? Knowing how our DNA can be rewritten based on a number of external & internal factors, in terms of 'epigenetics' - genetic alterations
during the course of an organism's lifetime - then perhaps the transcendence of animal consciousness by ingestion of entheogens had the effect of
switching on or off a number of genes which then ensured that their newfound sentience was passed on naturally to the next generation..? I posit that
'out of Africa' & similar dawn-of-the-species migrations, only occurred after this seminal transitiion from animal consciousness to sentience
occurred, when 'their eyes were opened', so to speak, and they collectively thought "What's out there, I wonder?" - and so began the great
Anyway, that's my theory, and although I oppose reckless recreational drug use, I think that to study & understand the incredibly vast potential of
consciousness, there are anthropological justifications for exploring the use of such substances in certain circumstances.