Envolution at Present

The Globe

Even in the fossil remains of the earliest lifeforms, there is unmistakable evidence of communal living arrangements and mutual cooperation. We humans have been able to design effective cultures that for hundreds of thousands of years have fostered one set of inborn characteristics and discouraged another. From brain anatomy, human behavior, personal introspection, the annals of recorded history, the fossil record, DNA sequencing, and the behavior of our closest relatives, a clear lesson emerges: There is more than one side to human nature. If our greater intelligence is the hallmark of our species, then we should use it as all the other beings use their distinctive advantages--to help ensure that their offspring prosper and their heredity is passed on. It is our business to understand that some predilections we bear as remnants of our evolutionary history, when coupled with our intelligence--especially with intelligence in the subordinate role--might threaten our future. Our intelligence is imperfect, surely, and newly arisen; the ease with which it can be sweet-talked, overwhelmed, or subverted by other hardwired propensities--sometimes themselves disguised as the cool light of reason--is worrisome. But if intelligence is our only edge, we must learn to use it better, to sharpen it, to understand its limitations and deficiencies--to use it as cats use stealth, as walking sticks use camouflage, to make it the tool of our survival. (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors)

It appears that the integration of science and spirituality lies on the horizon of our adventure as a species, and that our future evolution depends on this. Without a transpersonal perspective of interconnection to guide our evolutionary direction, we seem to be firmly set on a path toward inevitable self-destruction. I think that psychedelics can help us get back on track and help us heal the damage that we've done to ourselves and to the earth. This is why I believe so strongly in psychedelic drug research. There isn't much time left before our biosphere starts to unravel, and we may only have a small window of opportunity to save our fragile world. (The Divine Spark



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