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Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere

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Are humans unwitting partners in evolution with psychedelic plants? Darwin's Pharmacy shows they are by weaving the evolutionary theory of sexual selection and the study of rhetoric together with the science and literature of psychedelic drugs. Long suppressed as components of the human tool kit, psychedelic plants can be usefully modeled as "eloquence adjuncts" that ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by University of Washington Press
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Taylor Ellwood
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academia
This is is an intriguing book that explores the rhetoric of entheogens and how people discuss the experiences they've had with entheogens. The author interweaves his own narrative and experiences with the analysis he provides about entheogens. If you are interested in entheogens this book will be a good read that provides you some fascinating insights into the subculture around them. The author also bases a lot of his discussion around the works of Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, the McKenna ...more
Travis Hosgood
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fascinating books I've encountered so far. Doyle asks the right questions, and acknowledges the collective works of heavyweights. Are plants playing a much larger role influencing human sexual selection and evolution? Very plausible, and overlooked idea. A reassured message of the deep interconnected nature of all beings known as the noosphere. Let us step back and ask ourselves "who is cultivating who?"
Arielle
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book, while probably very interesting, read like a boring textbook and I couldn't get into it.
Roger Green
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique exploration of the rhetorical aspects of psychedelic experiences.
João
Ever heard of a joke that starts with Philip K Dick, Charles Darwin, William S Burroughs and Terrence McKenna go to a bar and...?

Curious? Then that book is for you.
Mahmoud Awad
Sep 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
"Like any good kan, Dick's thought experiment of sending the reader to a repetitious theater resists interpretation even as it summons our attention. Only by both carrying out the rhetorical recipe, “I am seeing the chariot again,” and letting go of it, “Where was I?,” can one satisfactorily render the magnitude of ecodelic experience."

The rest of the book is just as incoherent. Skip.
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Richard Matthew Doyle
"I compose and teach in the esoteric traditions of rhetoric, science fiction and emerging technoscience–sustainability, space colonization, biotechnology, nanotechnology, psychedelic science, information technologies, biometrics–and the cultural and literary contexts from which they sprout. I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. I was the Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in
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