reply to post by JayinAR
Good point - and I'm not sure. I think he was suggesting that it came in to Earth's biology much later in the game, but he also has a theory that
our primate ancestors, under increasing pressure on the African grasslands, came across psilocybin mushrooms and incorporated them into their diet.
He has an entire book and thesis on that subject called 'Food of the Gods'. At small doses, the mushrooms increased visual acuity and promoted more
successful hunting abilities, at higher doses it promoted orgiastic sexual activity from the Central Nervous System arousal, and at the highest doses
it promoted linguistic activities and forming new and advanced neural pathways, as well as synergistic religious visions and ideas. That, in a
nutshell, is how human consciousness came into being - according to Terence McKenna.
Notice that our UFOlogical friends often suggest an alien intervention into early human history. That we were cloned etc. Well, if the mushroom is
an anomalous organism that did not evolve here, sculpted the human mind out of more primitive levels of consciousness, and gives visionary glimpses of
alien worlds and speaks to people, saying it came from outer space - then we have an alternative "alien"/shamanic hypothesis. One that is just as
likely and just as worthy as the Zecharia Sitchin varieties of the conspiracy world. In fact, it might make the most sense out of all the theories of
human origins. It's just one needs to be well-read on the various stages of the theory. I cannot lay it all out in a single post on a forum.
The general premise of it, though, is that the mushroom was responsible for birthing humanity into a simple, Nature-worshiping nomadic peoples. A
type of early paradise that included art and storytelling and tools and a balanced relationship between the sexes. According to the theory, this
connection faded as the African continent progressively dried up - which in turn made the rich, watery and psychedelic connection in the now-human
mind dry up. What returned was the male-dominant ego structure found in all primates. It was like a fall in the garden. The subsequent formation of
the ego grew like a tumor, and by then we had discovered the natural cycles of life like sexual consummation and birth, the planting of seeds and the
growth of food plants etc. So a gradual emphasis on "my children", "my woman", "my food", "my property" etc etc is what occurred. Other
relationships to different plants and drugs have evolved over the different lands and cultures over time, promoting entirely different values than the
original psychedelic ideal.
Therefore, Gordon Wasson and the 1960s hippie movement, complete with the Aviary spooks and occult cast of characters, mark a return or re-discovery
of this previous epoch in human history. What happened in Haight Ashbury in the 60s was a definite and marked revolution and a turning on, tuning in
and dropping out. Once the political powerbrokers caught wind of that, they shut it down, and we have been reeling from those consequences ever
since. But once again it is returning. In the form of various studies, such as Rick Strassman's '___' studies, the resurgence of shamanic
anthropological studies, which includes the keen eye of people like John Alexander etc.
If it is true that the original proliferation of mushroom use occurred in our distant past, with a variety of evolutionary results, the same could be
said of it returning again. But then again, it does not necessarily have to be just mushrooms, but the variety of techniques that can lessen the
death-grip of the left-hemisphere dominant ego. Meditation, drumming, chanting, etc. As well as anything that can give people, especially scientists
with political clout, the insights to develop technologies that could get us off the planet. The most revolutionary scientific discoveries occur in
altered states of consciousness.