Yesterday I posted about chimpanzees in Guinea who may be displaying certain worship behaviors involving ritualistic rock throwing and building little cairns out of stone all next to one particular tree. If you haven’t seen the post check it out and watch the video. The chimps might be in the throes of some mystical ecstasy, but the odd behaviors make them seem kind of stoned. Of course, readers of this illuminated tablet will know that Terence McKenna’s so-called “Stoned-Ape” theory suggests that our early ancestors experimented with psychedelic mushrooms which improved visual acuity, increased sexual drive and encouraged communal social structures which made our stoned descendants better hunters, more successful at mating and more successful at organizing at a high level, and, ultimately, more likely to survive, thrive and evolve.
Some would say McKenna spins fun yarns, but they’re not science. I say who needs science when you have a fun yarn? What about some cool visuals to go along with it? Here’s a rad little film that collects from lots of audio and visual sources to explore the events that McKenna related in his book True Hallucinations.