Thursday, January 13, 2011

Food of the Gods By Terence McKenna

"Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of  consciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about  our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist  Terence McKenna's research on man's ancient relationship with  chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for  saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look  at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from the ancient  spice, sugar, and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics, and  even television --illustrating the human desire for the "food of the gods"  and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a  shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature,  and increased self-awareness."

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