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Was Moses high on Mount Sinai?

By DanLM ·

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Writing in the British philosophy journal Time and Mind, Benny Shanon of Jerusalem?s Hebrew University said two plants in the Sinai desert contain the same psychoactive molecules as those found in plants from which the powerful Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca is prepared.

The thunder, lightning and blaring of a trumpet which the Book of Exodus says emanated from Mount Sinai could just have been the imaginings of a people in an ?altered state of awareness,? Shanon hypothesized.

Don't get me wrong, I am a firm believer in god but I still think this is funny. So, now we know the holy rollers were all stoned?

roflmao, sorry... Just too easy.

Hey, how many religions incorporate drugs(hallucinogenic) for visions. Indians, mushrooms... Chuckle.... no comment...

Nothing like religious blasphemy(I'm kidding) for good reading.

Chuckle, I thought it was more fun reading then.
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This has also been explained by "The Bi-cameral Mind"

by seanferd In reply to Was Moses high on Mount S ...

among other things.

Ever notice how hooked into religious or mystical experience schizophrenics are?

Or could it be that it was a good idea backed up by a really good story to get an idea across?


I love the way people try to explain a personal experience someone had thousands of years ago. I mean, if the was some sort of actual semi-conclusive evidence...

Many religions have used altered states of consciousness in their practices, induced in many different ways.

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by DanLM In reply to This has also been explai ...

Did you notice that the author had indulged in the drug himself roughly 161 times? Chuckle, wonder if that is where he got the inspiration for the story.

Drug tales are always good stories.. Cheech and Chong.


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Ha ha! :^0

by seanferd In reply to agreed...

Reminds me of a variety of authors and researchers who were either "experimenters" or became such due to their research into possible altered states of historical figures or cultures. Let's just hope that people interested in the oracle at Delphi don't start inhaling ethane or other petrochemical / volcanic gases for their studies!

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This wouldn't be the first time...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Was Moses high on Mount S ...

that a Biblical character was accused of being stoned to the bone. It has been proposed that St. John spent most of his time on Patmos high as a kite due to some hallucinogenic substance native to Patmos.


minor pun not intended but there and kinda cool all the same...

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John Patmos? No way!

by seanferd In reply to This wouldn't be the firs ...

1500 years from now, all works of fiction which are vaguely fantastic will be suspect of being drug-induced.

"It is theorized that Gene Roddenberry was a prophet who used a drug called "dilithium", the nature of which is no longer known, to inspire his visions of the future."

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Could he have been as high as a kite?

by Neil Higgins In reply to John Patmos? No way!

you only have to hear the narration:

"To boldly go where no man has gone before..."

As a fan,I just think of warp factor 1.What a rush.

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