"It's a nice argument for the promotion of taking mushrooms of course, hahaha." You touch a solid point j-sy, perhaps gingerly. Close look at stoned apes 'theory' shows: theory schmeory. In sharp focus, good lighting -- it proves to be a sermon in disguise.
And as such, a religious message: "Be grateful, give thanks for psilocybin. We owe our evolutionary origins, and thus our very humanity -- to the mushrooms. It wasn't a monolith (like in 2001) that catalyzed our evolution, nor some Divinity (who, "In the Beginning" etc ...)."
And with the inspirational blessing comes, a conversionary mission to go forth and spread - a call to action: "Our planet is now in peril (sky falling down type) - we face a crisis of overwhelming urgency. And there's only one hope: we need to get people tripping, so they'll wake up and smart up (like us)..."
Seems we are witnessing, for better or worse -- a sort of proto-cult emerging, based on veneration of the icon, and complete with preferred communion-like sacrament (but you don't have to trip, as long as you 'get it' and affirm, join the chorus). As in church services, the meat and potatoes are choir practices, repetitive reiteration of particular teachings or tenets. As with the 'message of Christ' (as its called) -- insistent affirming and re-affirmation. Not of salvation, but of the brilliance and genius, and how inspiring and amazing and .. etc.
Likewise - parallel flipside of the coin: an intensifying hostility in McKenna-veneration is increasingly evident. It resembles, unpleasantly, the fanaticism typical of fundies and cultists toward 'outsiders' -- infidels, 'haters and doubters' i.e., the unimpressed, the critically-informed. Aggression has really become front and center, sometimes overtly expressed out-front, otherwise back-behind 'trickster' ploys -- subversion, subterfuge, duplicity etc -- pattern visibly verifiable, all around. Doesn't take much to see it, you don't have to go far.
Being emphatic is big part of the style - "Obviously" and "most certainly" and "undoubtedly" and etc. No doubts, and no doubting. Between the lines, clear message audible in a whisper, approximately thus: T. McKenna's 'genius' (or whatever) is undeniably self-evident, and thus - its not up for debate. Its not like a matter of some question - its established fact ("the fact is" - often used phrase). Its beyond 'reasonable doubt.' Jury has spoken, the verdict is in. We're passed deliberation, conclusion is final, we've gotten a ruling. Case closed.
A 'subliminal teaching' or 'suggestion' (to borrow from hypno-speak) of this strange rhetoric is: permission denied. Questioning is bad manners, nothing to accept or tolerate. And to do so can only express bad intent, ill purpose. Questioning is disallowed by social control measures of reward and punishment, taboo and sanction -- that's how questioning is effectively excluded; except on, theatrical purposes (permitted), to quickly dismiss the very idea of any question. Among a thousand ironies, the mantra repeated monotonously: "Terence told us to question everything."
What meets the eye resembles Jesus services, in most ways. Since 1970's, we've had them exploiting (or "borrowing") from science selectively, too, like stoned apes etc -- the general idea of evolution and whatever concepts, vocab. They've done same and did it first - crafted their own patented pretend evolutionary 'theory' (ID, Sci Crea etc) too. And theory schmeory, its promotional hype to fool and beguile -- in order to spread the message. Grabbing after 'science-like' authority, to elicit gasps of awe from the gullible 'wows' and credulous interest that its "possible" ... (you don't have to believe it, only "consider it" as a "serious possibility" etc).
Religious rites aren't about questioning or 'considering' or theorizing. They're about conviction, being blessed and inspired, swept away by it all. Whether "Lord" or "genius;" "Jesus" or "Terence" - the cultish or fanatic-like aspects of TMism appear to be deepening, hardening and narrowing, taking shape more and more. It harbors an anti-social hostility that only gets worse over years, more people remarking on it (I notice).
Nice 'raw data' display case: http://www.realitysandwich.com/terence_mckennas_stoned_apes -- this article tests McKennism's waters, by putting no penny in the collection plate, while methodically dissecting stoned apes. To comment on McKenna's writings ('ideas') without a single word of tribute or praise -- is the ultimate sacrilege. And sure enough, it triggers rage, furious 'counter-attack' ---instructive, and darkly revealing. Gale-force ad hominem rage rushes in to try and provoke, troll, instigate flame war -- tryin to crash and burn such discussion, incinerate it (in vain). Drag it down to petty personals.
Raises another criminal question -- how 'inspiring'? And, what kind of inspiration exactly (if it must be called such)? But such observations, and questions they raise -- is verboten. Its not a discussion that can be held or joined. Its excluded, preemptively disqualified.
The purpose of church services is not specifically to doubt or critically question its teachings. Its not to doubt whether Jesus is Lord - but to say I believe, I believe. And give testimonials. Of course there are places one can question Jesus veneration - religious studies in college, or neighborhood pub (it could be done here, its permitted). But not in the blessed circle though - and may the circle be unbroken (i.e., better 'respect' it or else ...).
The hardening and narrowing of the TM following is visible, not only in ever-angrier Jeering 'doubters' (clique's preferred term for 'critical inquirers'). Cheers and testimonials increasingly sound identical to televangelist 'moment of broken-ness, followed by seeing the light ... (and coming to Jesus).' To a ridiculous extent. Reading chronologically the 'about Terence' discussions -- reviews of his books for example (amazon) -- hard not to notice. FOOD OF THE GODS, most recent at amazon ("LIfe Changing" - title) recapitulates the exact line, almost verbatim, that we've heard over and over -- on 700 CLUB. The testimonials are sounding more and more identical, to a remarkable extent they didn't use to:
"Before I found out about Terence Mckenna I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life... I was very very anti-drug. A complete rationalist who disregarded anything that couldn't be proven ... Enter my first Psilocybin experience and Terence Mckenna. This was the first book of his I read and it completely changed my life..." (April 14, 2012).
Reviewer was Lost, but now he's Found. Was Blind, but now can See ... hallelujah?