The return of the 'stoned ape' theory

A long-ridiculed theory about humankind's early leap of consciousness is revived.

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  • Terence McKenna first proposed psychedelic mushrooms as the trigger for our rapid cognitive evolution.
  • McKenna's theory was called the "Stoned Ape Hypothesis."
  • The hypothesis is being revisited as a possible answer to a vexxing evolutionary riddle.
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Science: Magic Mushrooms Found to Help Depression

A first study of its kind finds that psilocybin-containing "magic" mushrooms can be effective in treating depression.

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