Why Do Humans Get ‘High’?
Altering consciousness has been part of the human-experience since early man ingested his first hallucinogenic plant, or bumped his head hard enough to make himself dizzy. Ultimately the world looked and seemed different afterwards. Why have we humans been drawn to altering our consciousness? Is there an evolutionary advantage?
“By simulating the effects of religious transcendence, they mimic states of mind that played an evolutionarily valuable role in making human cooperation possible – and with it, greater numbers of surviving descendants. This does not mean that humans evolved to take psychedelic drugs. But it does mean that psychedelic drug use can be explained in evolutionary terms as a “hack” that enables transcendent states to be reached quickly.”
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