JERUSALEM (AFP) - High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.
Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.
He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.
Is it all fevered imagination or did it really happen?
Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
Quoting Kay (Reply 8): Quoting Oly720man (Thread starter):
Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times
This may very well be the final answer to the subject of religion altogether..
Or then again there is Geriniol:
"The Dangers Of Gerin Oil
Richard Dawkins writes about a dangerous drug: Opiate of the masses.
Gerin oil (or Geriniol to give it its scientific name) is a powerful drug which acts directly on the central nervous system to produce a range of characteristic symptoms, often of an antisocial or self- damaging nature. If administered chronically in childhood, Gerin oil can permanently modify the brain to produce adult disorders, including dangerous delusions which have proved very hard to treat.
The four doomed flights of 11th September were, in a very real sense, Gerin oil trips: all 19 of the hijackers were high on the drug at the time. Historically, Geriniol intoxication was responsible for atrocities such as the Salem witch hunts and the massacres of native South Americans by conquistadores. Gerin oil fuelled most of the wars of the European middle ages and, in more recent times, the carnage that attended the partitioning of the Indian subcontinent and, on a smaller scale, Ireland.
If you're not familiar with Gerin Oil, read more about it here."
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1886 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1789 times:
Quoting Bagpiper (Reply 12): Oh, so all the effects I have personally seen of God working in my life or other people's lives is just all of us being high together, eh?
I respect your opinion, many of my close ones have exactly the same. Since I am sceptical, yes I have strong suspiscions sometimes that what was written so many years ago is not entirely true and distorted with time.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11866 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1732 times:
Did we really need a professor to tell us that they were all absolutely off their faces when this religion thing was dreamt up? Perhaps now The Life of Brian should be re-written with a few added mind altering scenes
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
Interesting, though some are going to say that if it's true then God created it so that we could "see the light".
The "drug" that got me closest to "finding God" was Sub-atomic Physics. It just got so weird that, from time to time, I'd put the books down and decide that if I just believed "God did it" I wouldn't have to hurt my brain so much. Ultimately, however, it didn't prove to be as strong as Geriniol, which I haven't taken since I was about 12.
Thanks...for the answer, and the vague tinge of sarcasm in the reply.
There is of course an argument that the Sept 11 lot were not in fact on Geriniol but a cheap and dangerous synthetic substitute. That is a matter for concern and debate. On the link posted, the last word in the quotation given "here" is a link to more on the topic.