Sunday, June 8, 2008

Symbiotic relationship between animal intelligence and botanical life

From blogger Sourmonkey who hails from Austin, TX (current hotbed of intellectual wildfire) comes RATTLE THE CAGE, a pulpit of sorts for the monkey's controversial views and flow-of-consciousness poetry.

Here's an interesting and stimulating excerpt from Sourmonkey's musings on "Consciousness Explained" that I feel is worth the read, if you're so inclined (hope you are):

"Why does Cannabis sativa produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and why does mammalian physiology also produce endogenous cannabinoids like anandamide? Why do Psychotria viridis, Acacia, Mimosa, and Pomegranite trees produce DMT, and why is this hallucinogenic molecule also produced in the human pineal gland? Why does caffeine mimic endogenous adenosine? Why do nicotine, atropine, and scopolamine mimic endogenous acetycholine? Why do psylocibine, LSA, LSD, and Ibogaine mimic endogenous serotonine? Why do mescaline and cocaine mimic endogenous dopamine? Why do opiates mimic endorphins? Why do secondary botanical metabolites mimic neurotransmitters in the animal central nervous system?"

Check it out: Consciousness Explained.

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