Natural Entheogens and Cosmic Symbiosis
Solving the Central Enigma of Existential Cosmology
– 21-7-2021 – PDF Genotype 1.0.21
For Maria Sabina and Gordon Wasson
The article, in two parts, resolves the central enigma of existential cosmology – the nature and role of subjective experience – thus providing a direct solution to the "hard problem of consciousness". This solves, in a single coherent cosmological description, the core existential questions surrounding the role of the biota in the universe, the underlying process supporting subjective consciousness and the meaning and purpose of conscious existence. This process has pivotal importance for avoiding humanity causing a mass extinction of biodiversity and possibly our own demise, instead becoming able to fulfil our responsibilities as guardians of the unfolding of sentient consciousness on evolutionary and cosmological time scales, rather than a scorched-Earth apocalypse. Section two discusses the tragic consequences of failing to address this cosmological reality in the Western religious tradition.
Section one overviews cultural traditions and current research into psychedelics and formulates a panpsychic cosmology, in which the mind at large complements the physical universe, resolving the hard problem of consciousness and the central enigmas of existential cosmology, and eschatology, in a symbiotic cosmological model. The symbiotic cosmology is driven by the fractal non-linearities of the symmetry-broken quantum forces of nature, subsequently turned into a massively parallel quantum computer by biological evolution. The excitable cell and then the eucaryote symbiosis create a two-stage process, in which the biota capture a coherent encapsulated form of panpsychism, which is selected for, because it aids survival. This becomes sentient in eucaryotes due to excitable membrane sensitivity to quantum modes and eucaryote adaptive complexity. Founding single-celled eucaryotes already possessed the genetic ingredients of excitable neurodynamics, including G-protein linked receptors and a diverse array of neurotransmitters, as social signalling molecules ensuring survival of the collective organism. The brain conserves these survival modes, so that it becomes an intimately-coupled society of neurons communicating synaptically via the same neurotransmitters, modulating key survival dynamics of the multicellular organism.
This results in consciousness as we know it, shaped by evolution for the genetic survival of the organism. In our brains, this becomes the existential dilemma of ego in a tribally-evolved human society, evoked in core resting state networks, such as the default mode network, also described in the research as "secondary consciousness", in turn precipitating the biodiversity and climate crises. However, because the key neurotransmitters are simple, modified amino acids, the biosphere will (and has in the entheogens) inevitably produce(d) molecules modifying the conscious dynamics in such a way as to decouple the ego and enable existential return to the "primary consciousness" of the mind at large, placing the entheogens as conscious equivalents of the LHC in physics. Thus a biological symbiosis between Homo sapiens and the entheogenic species enables a cosmological symbiosis between the physical universe and the mind at large, resolving the climate and biodiversity crises in both a biological and a psychic symbiosis, ensuring planetary survival.
psychedelic "mind-manifesting" psychē (ψυχή, "soul"), dēloun (δηλοῦν, "to make visible, to reveal"), as opposed to hallucinogenic – inducing hallucinations and psychotomimetic – inducing psychotic alteration of behaviour and personality.
Galen Strawson (2006), who sees panpsychism as the only way to deal with the hard problem, has an insightful and provocative philosophical defence of his philosophy of consciousness in which he states forcefully; “What does physicalism involve? What is it, really, to be a physicalist? What is it to be a realistic physicalist, or, more simply, a real physicalist? Well, one thing is absolutely clear. You’re certainly not a realistic physicalist, you’re not a real physicalist, if you deny the existence of the phenomenon whose existence is more certain than the existence of anything else: experience, ‘consciousness’, conscious experience, ‘phenomenology’, experiential ‘what-it’s-likeness’, feeling, sensation, explicit conscious thought as we have it and know it at almost every waking moment.” I will not depend on his panpsychist perspective explicitly, as I am advancing a complementary description of the existential condition, but it serves to reinforce the primacy of conscious experience against reductionistic materialism.
An entheogen is a psychoactive substance that induces alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, or behaviour for the purposes of engendering spiritual development or otherwise in sacred contexts. (Wikipedia)
ergodic relating to or denoting systems or processes with the property that, given sufficient time, they include or impinge on all points in a given space and can be represented statistically by a reasonably large selection of points.