I have recently become a little re-enchanted about the idea of alien life while listening to some of our community's dialog about episode #150 of the Psychedelic Salon
[DIRECT Mp3 Download
], specifically on the C-Realm
and the Cleaver
I'm also thinking of the recent comments made by NASA moon walkers Dr Edgar Mitchell
and even Buzz Aldrin
. Top all of this off with the Vatican's chief astronomer publicly stating that "...the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones and that this belief doesn't contradict the Catholic faith because aliens would still be God's creatures!"
All this brought back the fascination I experienced back in 1994 when first reading True Hallucinations
. Terence McKenna did such a phenomenal job speaking at this conference, maybe because he was not speaking to his usual audience.
At any rate, I wanted to share some of this rekindled enthusiasm on my blog. So please take a listen
for yourself when time permits. I will leave you with the following message from the good bard:
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 of 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. Of course this happens over very long periods of time. But if you think that the galaxy is roughly 100,000 light-years from edge to edge, if something were moving only one one-hundredth the speed of light - now that's not a tremendous speed that presents problems to any advanced technology - it could cross the galaxy in one hundred million years. There's life on this planet 1.8 billion years old; that's eighteen times longer than one hundred million years. So, looking at the galaxy on those time scales, one sees that the percolation of spores between the stars is a perfectly viable strategy for biology. It might take millions of years, but it's the same principle by which plants migrate into a desert or across an ocean.
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 non-locality 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?"
From: Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness by Terence McKenna