Psychedelic Mushrooms from Outter Space!
January 14, 2010 11 Comments
Post compiled by Andrew Rutajit
From Popular Science:
Mysterious red cells might be aliens
By Jebediah Reed – Popular Science
As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis’s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.
In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples — water taken from the mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across Louis’s home state of Kerala in the summer of 2001 — contain microbes from outer space.
(more) From Popular Science
“Stranger still, dozens of his experiments suggest that the particles may lack DNA yet still reproduce plentifully, even in water superheated to nearly 600 degrees Fahrenheit . (The known upper limit for life in water is about 250 degrees Fahrenheit .)”
From High Times:
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 McKenna: 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 McKenna: 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 McKenna: Not at the doses I’m talking about…
From Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness
by Terence McKenna
What the mushroom says about itself is this: that it is an extraterrestrial organism, that spores can survive the conditions of interstellar space. They are deep, deep purple – the color that they would have to be to absorb the deep ultraviolet end of the spectrum. The casing of a spore is one of the hardest organic substances known. The electron density approaches that of a metal.
Is it possible that these mushrooms never evolved on earth? That is what the Stropharia cubensis itself suggests. Global currents may form on the outside of the spore. The spores are very light and by Brownian motion are capable of percolation to the edge if the planet’s atmosphere. Then, through interaction with energetic particles, some small number could actually escape into space. Understand that this is an evolutionary strategy where only one in many billions of spores actually makes the transition between the stars – a biological strategy for radiating throughout the galaxy without a technology.
DMT sits at the root of all of this and a postscript to this theory is that DMT is the chemical link to the fabric of reality. I suggest this further in an article I wrote last fall titled DMT – Nature’s Quest for Consciousness – http://wp.me/pJuvA-8R – Terence McKenna once suggested that if we are going to spend so much time, money, and effort searching the stars for “alien intelligence,” it would be wise to search all plant and fungus life on the earth as well. We expect (I guess because of the media) alien communication to occur by the same means as human communication…via some sort of verbal or even telepathic communication. Could it be possible that somehow, data has been encoded into these mushrooms (and other psychoactive plants)? Could ingesting these mushrooms be the only method to retrieve this data? Consider ants and their pheromone trails. Talk about trippy! Ants can encode information into a scent. Think about that for a second…ants use their sense of smell to communicate and to determine where to go and what to do. Could mushrooms, and other psychoactives be some sort of interspecies pheromones that contain information from somewhere in the cosmos and/or Mother Earth herself?
Amanita mushrooms contain unique substances that are not found anywhere else in nature (see Pharmacotheon, by Ott, pg. 326–328.). Several people reported an alien abduction experience during Dr. Strassman’s DMT studies. Many people who consume psychoactive plants and mushrooms report the presence of spirits. Many cultures have refered to them as watchers” or “the ancestors.”
Here is another something of interest that Terence McKenna once said regarding this topic:
“I’ve mentioned that psilocin, which is what psilocybin quickly becomes as it enters your metabolism, is 4 hydroxy dimethyltryptamine. It is the only 4-substituted indole in all of organic nature. Let this rattle around in your mind for a moment. It is the only 4-substituted indole known to exist on earth. It happens to be this psychedelic substance that occurs in about eighty species of fungi, most of which are native to the New World. Psilocybin has a unique chemical signature that says, “I am artificial; I come from outside.” I was suggesting that it was a gene – an artificial gene – carried perhaps by a spaceborne virus or something brought artificially to this planet, and that this gene has insinuated itself into the genome of these mushrooms.”
~ Terence McKenna
I couldn’t figure out whether the mushroom is the alien or the mushroom is some kind of technological artifact allowing me to hear the alien when the alien is actually light-years aways, using some kind of Bell nonlocality principle to communicate. The mushroom states its own position very clearly. It says, “I require the nervous system of a mammal. Do you have one handy?”
~ Terence McKenna