THURS MAY 20th/BookBook Club: Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna

THURS MAY 20th/BookBook Club: Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna

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THURS MAY 20th / 7p to 8:15p

Every six-ish weeks we read a new memoir, a collection of essays, novel, or anything else we find interesting that somehow, in a big or small way, relates to food. Then we discuss. Read through Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna through APRIL and MAY and join us in our virtual space on APRIL 8TH!

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About the book:

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An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol.

Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of consciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna’s research on man’s ancient relationship with chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from ancient spice, sugar, and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics, and even television—illustrating the human desire for the “food of the gods” and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness.

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