Today my boy Schreck alerted me to the blog of one Joe Rogan. In an article from April 2006, Rogan chronicles a trip to the zoo and shares his trite inner-ramblings about humans’ treatment of animals. Among his childish epiphanies, he did reference one tidbit which made me scratch my chin for sec.
Terence McKenna believed that [apes' brain sizes increased] because some of the apes discovered and started eating psilocybin mushrooms. It was his theory that as the climate changed, and the rain forest receded into grasslands, some of the apes started eating these mushrooms as a regular part of their diet, and along the way they developed new ways of thinking.
If you’ve ever done mushrooms, then you probably know some of the logic behind his theory.
What these mushrooms do at high doses is that they give you a completely different way of looking at the world. Like a giant pause button that allows you to step out of a scene, and take a fresh look at it, free from the constraints of normal patterns of thinking, and even your own preconceived notions of yourself.
Now, I’m no scientist, but that sounds like a recipe for evolution to me.
No, you really are no scientist Joe, but you may be onto something here.
Of course, if you’ve ever taken mushrooms and tried to write about what you were thinking, what probably came out on the paper was something resembling a giant, sparkling cat drinking a river’s worth of absynthe from a genie’s lamp. So who knows how productive psychadelics really are to our consciousness?
Drug on, my druggie friends, and steer clear of the horror stories.
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