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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The historical and health impacts of our seemingly harmless drugs of choice like caffeine and sugar cannot be overstated. There were a few parts I did like, including a wealth of historical information about the use of psychedelics in various cultures throughout history, and some interesting theories about their role in the development of both ancient and modern religions. 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.

This relationship between human beings and mushrooms had to have also included cattle, the creators of the only source of the mushrooms.Again and again, and in various ways, we find Soma intimately connected with the symbolism and rituals related to cattle and pastoralism. Taking us on a journey through humankind's conscious and cultural evolution from pre-history to present day issues and finishing with a look to the future there is something here for anyone with intellect and imagination.

Thus, at this second level of usage, by increasing instances copulation, the mushrooms directly favored human reproduction. I am very health conscious so I’m a fervent believer of the power of the plants have on the body and mind, and that yes, in fact it’s usually the legal drugs that kill us more. His referaces to existing material is very well referanced and the overall book is presented superbly. 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. A book that promotes a different perspective on personal growth and the change of our society for the better.

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). This is fine if you’re just looking for an interesting read with lots of anecdotal evidence, but it’s definitely not what you should pick up if you want more academic/scientific knowledge on the topics. I sincerely hope, that every reader will understand it correctly, yet i understand that this is impossible.

Anche in questo caso, oltre per quel che riguarda il suggestivo stimolo all'assunzione di allucinogeni, McKenna si smarrisce continuamente in pensieri fatti e stereotipi: l'ho trovato molto più interessante nelle vesti di scrittore puro, non di saggista. Because psilocybin is a stimulant of the central nervous system, when taken in slightly larger doses, it tends to trigger restlessness and sexual arousal. Ma ciò che ho maggiormente detestato è il pressappochismo con cui McKenna tratta qualsiasi altra prospettiva di vita e sociale che non sia la propria: la seconda parte del saggio è incentrato sulla decadenza e la scomparsa della società sciamanica, e di come l'utilizzo originario di allucinogeni sia stato sostituito dall'utilizzo di sostanze fortemente assuefattive e dannose, diretta conseguenza dell'avvento di una civiltà del dominio incentrata sul controllo della popolazione attraverso suddette sostanze. And once you realize that Terence can't even provide interesting accounts of drug trips, you start to think very hard about your life and why you're 200 pages deep in hell. He lives in Occidental, California, and is co-manager of a botanical garden in Hawaii for endangered tropical plants.

Could it not be that we are willing to pay the terrible toll that alcohol extracts because it is allowing us to continue the repressive dominator style that keeps us all infantile and irresponsible participants in a dominator world characterized by the marketing of ungratified sexual fantasy?

His other books include Food of the Gods, The Archaic Revival and, with Dennis McKenna, The Invisible Landscape.That gets more interesting with bigger mammals and very exciting with primates, because a few hundred or thousands of years of consuming, especially during pregnancy, might have some impact. The options for pimping epigenetics and brain development are the bigger topic, because they may lead to different brain evolutions, depending on what a culture, nation or government prefers to feed to its citizens. This book is a highly speculative, yet plausible, account of how human evolution may have been influenced by psychoactive mushrooms. Attempting to distinguish between habits and addictions does damage to the insoluble confluence of mental and physical energies that shape the behavior of each of us. Founders of sects could find many inspirations by getting high and getting in contact with whatever their already damaged, possibly already mentally ill and sober voice-hearing and vision seeing, minds wanted to imagine.

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