By Alex Vikoulov
"What history is, is a 25,000 year transition zone. Before you enter the zone, you're an animal. After you leave the zone, you're a "god" - Terence McKenna
Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, environmentalism, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.
Terence McKenna spoke of the Omega Point, the concept of "divine" evolutionary unification introduced by the French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, as the "Transcendental Object at the end of time", universal attractor. Evolution, according to McKenna, is not being pushed from behind by the force of causal necessity, we humans, like the rest of nature, are being pulled toward this universal attractor, this temporal vortex, reacting to the siren song of the Transcendental Object. "It beckons across the dimensions, it throws an enormous shadow over the enterprise of human history... The presence of creatures such as ourselves on this planet is an indication of the nearness of the Transcendental Object at the end of time; it is an attractor, an energy sink in the epigenetic landscape... We are going to shed the monkey; the linguistic being that is symbiotic with these monkeys is about to disentangle itself from matter and realize some kind of angelic transformation very difficult for us to anticipate or understand."
The Universe you and I live in is by far more complicated place than the early universe was. As Terence McKenna once said: "I see the cosmos as a kind of novelty-producing engine, a kind of machine that produces complexity in all realms - physical, chemical, social - and then uses that achieved level of complexity as a platform for further complexity." The amount of complexity at any given moment is in direct correlation to the temporal distance from that event to the Omega Point. Say, primordial mitochondria are much farther from the Omega Point than the humans of the early 21st century. Think of the Omega Point as a star radiating energy, universal attractor - things are not being pushed from behind on the evolutionary timeline but being pulled toward the Omega Point, a point of maximum complexity and connectivity. As McKenna eloquently puts it: “With the emergence of the global Internet, a human population of several billion, and an electronic noosphere, we are now within the shadow of this Transcendental Object at the end of time."
In his book Food of the Gods: the Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution, Terence McKenna crafts his carefully thought out theory proposing that our pre-human primate ancestors consumed psilocybin mushrooms for thousands of years, and this is the primary reason humanity’s evolution rapidly accelerated — launching us forward in the animal kingdom. Terence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory is more plausible than it sounds -- especially in context of the emergence of human mind and language development.
The "Linguistic Singularity" made us human. McKenna wrote that, with the invention of language, human biological evolution basically seized and cultural evolution, an epigenetic phenomenon, has taken over, ever since. McKenna's theory remains one of the most controversial, but fascinating and what it actually boils down to is that a new psychoactive chemical was introduced to a species, and over millennia, this chemical, that functions as a neurotransmitter, had a drastic effect on the evolutionary trajectory of that species. One thing is for sure, we would not be who we are today if Earth had not prepared us for the next evolutionary leap and given us a chance to eat our way to higher consciousness, according to McKenna.
Video Credit: Agape Satori - The Evolution of Reality w/Terence McKenna
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About the Author:
Alex Vikoulov is a neo-transcendentalist, cosmist, singularitarian, evolutionary extrapolist, digital philosopher, futurist, founder of Ecstadelic Media, painter and media artist, author of the coming book "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution". Graduated from Armstrong University, Berkeley, CA. Lives in Burlingame, California (San Francisco Bay Area).