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

By Giorgio Samorini

An Italian ethnobotanist explores the outstanding propensity of untamed animals to search out and use psychoactive elements.

• Throws out behaviorist theories that declare animals haven't any cognizance.

• bargains a very new realizing of the position psychedelics play within the improvement of attention in all species.

• unearths drug use to be a traditional intuition.

From caffeine-dependent goats to nectar addicted ants, the animal nation bargains outstanding examples of untamed animals and bugs searching out and eating the psychoactive elements of their environments. writer Giorgio Samorini explores this little-known phenomenon and means that, faraway from being limited to people, the need to adventure altered states of realization is a average force shared via all residing beings and that animals interact in those behaviors intentionally. Rejecting the Western cultural assumption that utilizing medications is a damaging motion or the results of an sickness, Samorini opens our eyes to the chance that beings who eat psychedelics--whether people or animals--contribute to the evolution in their species by means of developing totally new styles of habit that at last could be followed by means of different individuals of that species. The author's interesting money owed of mushroom-loving reindeer, intoxicated birds, and drunken elephants make sure that readers won't ever view the animal global in relatively a similar approach back.

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