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Dennis McKenna – Plants Fueled Neural Evolution

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‘Plants have an incredibly symbiotic relationship with insects to complete their life cycle….There was a very specific symbiosis with us, and whatever other animals that ate these fruits. We did them a favor by disseminating the seeds. They did us a favor by providing us with this neurochemical rich environment that contributed to the complexification of the human neural structure.’ – DM

Here Dennis McKenna outlines some elements of consciousness researcher Tony Wright’s theory of symbiotic neural evolution (and degeneration), as outlined in his book Left in the Dark (recently republished as Return to the Brain of Eden).

Symbiosis and cooperation within nature is arguably a feature more prevalent than even competition…something Darwin himself seemed to understand. In recent times our perception of nature’s true interwoven depth has become distorted, retreating to the mere surfaces of things, whereas this symbiotic environment often operates within the invisible landscape of molecular communication.… Read the rest

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Why Did Our Brains Stop Expanding?

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Tony Wright will be joining host Dennis McKenna for the live, interactive video course, “What Plants Can Teach You: Consciousness and Intelligence in Nature.” A new paradigm is emerging that recasts how we relate to and understand nature, supported by new scientific evidence. Plants instruct us through their behavior, through their interdependence with the environment, and through direct transmissions conveyed by spirit.  Along with Tony and Dennis, the course gathers  some of the leading experts in the emerging field of plant intelligence, including: Chris Kilham, Stephen Harrod Buhner, Dayna Baumeister, and Simon G. Powell. This 5-part Evolver webinar starts on June 17. Click here to learn more.

The following is excerpted from Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection between Neurochemistry and Consciousness by Tony Wright and Graham Gynn, recently published by Inner Traditions. 

In the forest the human brain was expanding and expanding at a phenomenal rate.… Read the rest

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Dennis McKenna and Company Hold An Online Salon On Plant Magic

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From the beginning of time, plants have played a crucial role in human affairs, influencing the evolution of civilizations and cultures, human migration, medicine and health care, wars, art, mythology and religion. Starting on May 6th, a three part video webinar hosted by plant teacher, Morgan Maher and featuring author and ethnopharmacologist, Dennis McKenna and philosopher, Richard Doyle, will guide participants through Amazonian plants: their uses, benefits, traditions, research, stories and magic.

While there’s been a lot of attention given to Ayahuasca recently, the Amazon is one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth with plenty of other powerful plants that one can “work with”.  In this course, designed for plant people, by plant people, a variety of Amazonian medicines will be explored, such as Cat’s Claw, Camu Camu, Wayusa and Guarana, with an emphasis on increasing an individual’s “energy, clarity and immunity.” Participants can connect live from around the world via their laptops, or else watch the recording, to learn recipes for Morgan’s post-modern remix of ancient brews and elixirs that they can use as a compliment to their work with ayahuasca and other plant medicines.… Read the rest

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Present Shock and The Psychedelic Legacy of Terence McKenna

In this not-to-miss Evolver event, cultural icons and visionary thinkers Douglas Rushkoff and Dennis McKenna will discuss "Time Waves, Present Shock, DMT, & The Psychedelic Legacy of Terence McKenna in NYC, March 14.  They will look back on Terence McKenna's life's work -- including his theory of increasing novelty -- and explore what Rushkoff calls "presentism," the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time, updating live. Dennis McKenna is author of "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna." Douglas Rushkoff's new book is "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now." Presented by Evolver & The C-Realm Podcast...
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