The Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants available for free online

I have this book in my library, and was glad to have been able to buy it before it became near impossible to find. But now it’s available for free online. It’s not an especially good book, but it has great art, in the Golden Guide tradition, and is quickly read and enjoyable. If you like this kind of thing you will like this.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/77046680/Hallucinogenic-Plants-A-Golden-Guide

The Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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