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Originally posted by cambrian77
I guess McKenna's open to interpretation. The way I understood it was that some of the hominids consumed mushrooms, opening up new avenues of thought and imagination -- thinking that is not restricted to fight-or-flight responses. Those stoned apes then used the information gained from their trips to design tools, strategies, etc.; techniques which could then be taught to others without recourse to psilocybin.
It'd be interesting to know when hallucinogens actually do show up in the ancient poo, if at all. Any idea?
Originally posted by NGC2736
Byrd, you must admit that the genetic markers show that the early hominids that evolved into modern humans were a rather small group.
Now we need to realize that at this point there were many groups, roughly equal in ability, yet only one group took the leap towards modern man. Logic says that something out of the ordinary happened to that one group, and not to other groups.
Increased mutational changes are possible, but climatic ones less likely. The only other viably logical idea would be diet.
Let us take a mental time machine back to early Africa.
So, while you make a valid argument against the theory of the "stoned ape", it is by no means a settled point.
Originally posted by Fett Pinkus
Please also bear in mind that your not supposed to really talk about drugs in such a context here on ATS as you have done, we dont want the thread to get closed.