Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness
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Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness

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An Italian ethnobotanist explores the remarkable propensity of wild animals to seek out and use psychoactive substances. • Throws out behaviorist theories that claim animals have no consciousness.

• Offers a completely new understanding of the role psychedelics play in the development of consciousness in all species.

• Reveals drug use to be a natural instinct.

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Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Park Street Press (first published 2000)
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Max Renn
this is one of those many instances i wish for a half-star rating capability on GR, for in actuality this book is a slender delight whose only fault lies in being much to light on the ground to really put some heft into its intriguing thesis.

filled primarily with little-known and highly poetic anecdotes of animal intoxication, one finds oneself ready to jump on board with the whole idea, only to discover the science in an embryonic state. more a statement of intent than an actual document.

but t...more
Alissa Thorne
This book--almost more of a pamphlet at a mere 112 pages--is an easy and amusing read. It tells of naturally occurring intentional use of mind altering substances by animals. It is light reading that can open your eyes to a different perspective on how psychoactive chemicals fit into the world. But be warned--it has an agenda, which is laid on pretty heavily. Personally, I find this to be a bit of a turn off, even when I agree with the agenda.

Still, drunk-elephant stories are great to tell at pa...more
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