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Terence McKenna Communication Via Fungi?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008 08:53:39 -0400
Archived: Fri, 02 May 2008 08:53:39 -0400
Subject: Terence McKenna Communication Via Fungi?

Source: The SETI Blog


Tuesday, April 29 2008

Terence McKenna: Communication Via Fungi?
by Mac Tonnies

The late psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna isn't typically
associated with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence; he
mostly concerned himself with the actualization of intelligence
here on Earth, taking a welcome cosmic perspective that revealed
our species' failings and latent potential.  But he introduced
at least one new idea to the SETI controversy that deserves
consideration, especially in light of recent discoveries.

McKenna suggested that the surreal hallucinatory states
experienced by "trippers" might constitute a form of
extraterrestrial contact, vastly more intimate than the radio
signals anticipated by his mainstream counterparts.

Ludicrous?  Perhaps not.  Hallucinogenic mushrooms are dispersed
as hardy spores capable of traveling incredible distances.
 McKenna wondered if such spores could have been deliberately
wafted to Earth in the remote past, inviting the proposition
that many planets conducive to life might have been likewise

Boldly venturing away from conventional evolutionary narratives,
McKenna speculated that homo sapiens might owe its unique
cognitive abilities to exposure to psilocybin, a mushroom-
derived substance with pronounced neurochemical effects.  In
McKenna's scenario, the medium is the message: the bizarre
worlds encountered by people under the influence of psilocybin
are components of an "invisible landscape" with which we share a
profound and unacknowledged symbiosis.  (McKenna credited the
advent of language, among other phenomena, to chemically altered

That our brains harbor receptor sites to specific botanical
chemicals indicates a relationship of some complexity,
regardless whether the originating organisms are indigenous to
Earth or hail from space.  If our planet was indeed seeded with
fungi, psychedelic experiences might comprise an authentic
message, albeit one we have yet to decipher.  (Alternatively,
McKenna offered the fascinating possibility that hallucinogenic
mushrooms themselves could be intelligent in an unrecognized
sense, challenging our very definition of the word.)

Recent experiments demonstrate that spores are surprisingly
well-suited to the rigors of the interstellar vacuum,
vindicating at least a portion of McKenna's proposition.  If he
was right, then the "aliens" could have already arrived -- a
revolutionary notion that pales only when one considers the role
they may have played in the development of human consciousness.

[Lead from Stuart Miller @ http://www.alienworldsmag.com]

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