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    DescriptionTerence 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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    Title
    Food of the Gods (Library Edition)
    Subtitle
    The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Terence McKenna, Narrator Jeffrey Kafer
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452640037
    ISBN 10: 1452640033
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Z99.9
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    BISAC V2.8: SEL026000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, SOC002000
    LC classification: GN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57400
    DC22: 362.29
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000, OCC000000
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    08 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Terence McKenna (1946-2000), a philosopher, psychonaut, researcher, teacher, and lecturer, 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 over one hundred books spanning all genres and won the 2008 Voicey Award for Best New Voice.
    Review quote
    "Deserves to be a modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens." ---The Washington Post