Terence McKenna's Stoned Ape Theory Psychedelic Mushroom

The Legend of Terence McKenna is with us even today, living through discussions, messages, videos, podcasts, pictures and all communication within the psychedelic community. His views on psychedelics / hallucinogenic plants, shamanism, consciousness, creation, space time continuum, reality, shamanistic approaches to the UFO phenomena, Eschaton, Novelty, Psilocybin ... have always charmed audiences worldwide. Hearing Terence talk was letting ones imagination drift in the river of mental imagery beautifully created by the words of Terence McKenna !

McKenna theorizes that as the North African jungles receded toward the end of the most recent ice age, giving way to grasslands, a branch of our tree-dwelling primate ancestors left the branches and took up a life out in the open -- following around herds of ungulates, nibbling what they could along the way. Among the new items in their diet were psilocybin-containing mushrooms growing in the dung of these ungulate herds. The changes caused by the introduction of this drug to the primate diet were many -- McKenna theorizes, for instance, that synesthesia (the blurring of boundaries between the senses) 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 the mushroom from the human diet, resulting in a new set of profound changes in our species as we reverted to pre-mushroomed and frankly brutal primate social structures that had been modified and/or repressed by frequent consumption of psilocybin.

From an interview with Terence McKenna in High Times magazine:

High Times : From your writings I have gleaned that you subscribe to the notion that psilocybin mushrooms are a species of high intelligence -- that they arrived on this planet as spores that migrated through outer space, and are attempting to establish a symbiotic relationship with human beings. In a more holistic perspective, how do you see this notion fitting into the context of Francis Crick's theory of directed panspermia, the hypothesis that all life on this planet and its directed evolution has been seeded, or perhaps fertilized, by spores designed by a higher intelligence?

Terence : As I understand the Crick theory of panspermia, it's a theory of how life spread through the universe. What I was suggesting -- and I don't believe it as strongly as you imply -- is that intelligence, not life, but intelligence may have come here in this spore-bearing life form. This is a more radical version of the panspermia theory of Crick and Ponampurama. In fact I think that theory will probably be vindicated. I think in a hundred years if people do biology they will think it quite silly that people once thought that spores could not be blown from one star system to another by cosmic radiation pressure. As far as the role of the psilocybin mushroom, or its relationship to us and to intelligence, this is something that we need to consider. It really isn't important that I claim that it's an extraterrestrial, what we need is a body of people claiming this, or a body of people denying it, because what we're talking about is the experience of the mushroom. Few people are in a position to judge its extraterrestrial potential, because few people in the orthodox sciences have ever experienced the full spectrum of psychedelic effects that are unleashed. One cannot find out whether or not there's an extraterrestrial intelligence inside the mushroom unless one is willing to take the mushroom.

High Times : You have a unique theory about the role that psilocybin mushrooms play in the process of human evolution. Can you tell us about this?

Terence : Whether the mushrooms came from outer space or not, the presence of psychedelic substances in the diet of early human beings created a number of changes in our evolutionary situation. When a person takes small amounts of psilocybin visual acuity improves. They can actually see slightly better, and this means that animals allowing psilocybin into their food chain would have increased hunting success, which means increased food supply, which means increased reproductive success, which is the name of the game in evolution. It is the organism that manages to propagate itself numerically that is successful. The presence of psilocybin in the diet of early pack-hunting primates caused the individuals that were ingesting the psilocybin to have increased visual acuity. At slightly higher doses of psilocybin there is sexual arousal, erection, and everything that goes under the term arousal of the central nervous system. Again, a factor which would increase reproductive success is reinforced.

High Times : Isn't it true that psilocybin inhibits orgasm?

Terence : Not at the doses I'm talking about. At a psychedelic dose it might, but at just slightly above the "you can feel it" dose, it acts as a stimulant. Sexual arousal means paying attention, it means jumpiness, it indicates a certain energy level in the organism. And then, of course, at still higher doses psilocybin triggers this activity in the language-forming capacity of the brain that manifests as song and vision. It is as though it is an enzyme which stimulates eyesight, sexual interest, and imagination. And the three of these going together produce language-using primates. Psilocybin may have synergized the emergence of higher forms of psychic organization out of primitive protohuman animals. It can be seen as a kind of evolutionary enzyme, or evolutionary catalyst.

High Times : There is a lot of current interest in the ancient art of sound technology. In a recent article you said that in certain states of consciousness you're able to create a kind of visual resonance and manipulate a "topological manifold" using sound vibrations. Can you tell us more about this technique, its ethnic origins, and potential applications?

Terence : Yes, it has to do with shamanism that is based on the use of DMT in plants. DMT is a near- or pseudo-neurotransmitter, that when ingested and allowed to come to rest in the synapses of the brain, allows one to see sound, so that one can use the voice to produce, not musical compositions, but pictoral and visual compositions. This, to my mind, indicates that we're on the cusp of some kind of evolutionary transition in the language-forming area, we are going to go from a language that is heard, to a language that is seen, through a shift in interior processing. The language will still be made of sound, but it will be processed as the carrier of the visual impression. This is actually being done by shamans in the Amazon. The songs they sing sound as they do in order to look a certain way. They are not musical compositions as we're used to thinking of them. They are pictoral art created by audio signals.

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Anonymous said...

very interesting, been taking p.cyanescens for yesrs now and i belive there is something to them as long as one does not go overboard. azz.c

Bryan said...

Thats a cool mushroom drawing, I wonder Who could have possibly done it.


oh yeah it was me :)

Cosmic ૐ Oneness said...

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Anonymous said...

You're right. The hallucinations let you see the truth. We must understand it and stop impeading human progress, and fully understand the world around us. The more that science is done, and the more drugs become commonplace, the better we can understand our world and know the purpose in life.

Cosmic ૐ Oneness said...

✿ Psychedelics open up our mind to a new level of consciousness which knows it is a part of an infinite field of consciousness ... like a drop in a big ocean called God ... we are ONE !

The Illusions of the egoic mind which sees the self as a separate entity are transcended allowing the inner light to shine through ... ॐ नमः शिवाय ... Aum Namah Shivaya ... ツ

tim said...

I truly believe that the psychedelic shroom is a gateway to understanding. When someone ingests the fungus they never look at the world the same way and this is why I love showing a new person this world that has showed me so much.

the ursprachist said...

If you are into Stoned Ape Theory,
you MUST hear what Leonard Shlain has to say about human evolution and sexuality.
It's simply the missing piece of the puzzle.

Anonymous said...

Since i oppose the current unethical and counter-productive laws against recreational drug use, i would love Terry's theory to have some substance but it doesn't seem to me to be plausible. In so far as the effects he describes confer reproductive advantage, these would promote erectus but why would they have any bearing on evolution? He fails to propose how mushroom ingestion causes the genetic changes resulting in the evolution of sapiens.

Anonymous said...

Yes, It's all colorful and pretty and I read these websites and remember the days when I had no thought, at all about "how much" and ate them by the bagfulls. These people are speaking in terms of grams. I can't even comprehend a high, much less a trip on "GRAMS". The truth is that it doesn't matter the amount, they are a part of satan's lethal arsenal. I know that a person is completely capable of functioning throughout and afterwards, but it does accompany a spirit, that unless called and trained, one is incapable of overcoming in his or her lifetime! Heed this Warning!!!

Cosmic ૐ Oneness said...

... Certain Plants have been used by mankind since time memorial to heal, gain insight into spiritual truths and derive inspiration in the field of language and creative arts and so on ... It's only our fear, thanks to the disinfo among the consensus reality, which keeps us from awakening to the truth behind the power of these sacred plants !

In Lak'ech ... :)

Daphne said...

Cool blog, thanks for having it. Hey, credit should be given to Jonathan Wynne-Jones for writing the second paragraph of this blog post. He's a wonderful writer.

Unknown said...

i am a farmer at heart but live in the suburbs. growing these would make this inner farmer very happy. cubensis spores

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