Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

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by Terence McKenna, Jeffrey Kafer
     
 

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Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the

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Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms growing near dung of ungulate herds occupying the savannas and grasslands. Referencing the research of Roland L. Fisher, McKenna claims the enhancement of visual acuity was an effect of psilocybin at low doses and suggests this would confer adaptive advantage. He argues that the effects of slightly larger doses, including sexual arousal, and in larger doses, ecstatic hallucinations & glossolalia-gave selective evolutionary advantages to members of those tribes who partook of it. There were many changes caused by the introduction of this psychoactive to primate diets. He hypothesizes, for instance, that synesthesia (the blurring of sensory boundaries) caused by psilocybin led to the development of spoken language: the ability to form pictures in another person's mind through the use of vocal sounds. About 12,000 years ago, further climate changes removed psilocybin-containing mushrooms from human diets. He argues that this event resulted in a new set of profound changes in our species as we reverted to the previous brutal primate social structures that had been modified and/or repressed by frequent consumption of psilocybin.

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"Deserves to be a modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens." —-The Washington Post

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ISBN-13:
9781452640037
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Terence McKenna (1946-2000) was a philosopher, psychonaut, researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer on many subjects, such as human consciousness, language, psychedelic drugs, the evolution of civilizations, the origin and end of the universe, alchemy, and extraterrestrial beings. He authored or coauthored several books, including The Invisible Landscape, The Archaic Revival, True Hallucinations, and Sacred Mushroom Seeker. Ever since his first play at thirteen (his mother still has the bellhop costume), Jeffrey Kafer has been an avid performer on the stage and in voice-overs. He has narrated nearly one hundred books spanning all genres and won the 2008 Voicey Award for Best New Voice. He currently lives in Seattle with his family.

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Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
great history lesson.
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Teiko1 More than 1 year ago
good
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone looking to tie in the beginnings of religious dogma with the expanding primate mind. This book dives head first into the questions of evolution, and mans fascination with altered states of consciousness. Are we truely the loaded ancestors of archiac primates?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very bad book!