Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher

a) 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.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

"The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

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.

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Thanks to TechnOccult for the article

b) Clifford Pickover has more on this:

c) Then there's the Ancient Astronaut theory

d) Then there's the aspects of the Moses story that we find in other earlier religions like King Sargon from Sumeria who was for one also found in a basket along the river.

e) Then there's a fascinating exercise out of Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising (p 282)
"Re-read Moses' encounter with I AM WHO I AM in Deuteronomy. Try the theory that Moses was talking to his own meta-programming circuit. (instead of talking about the LORD :p)" (see 8 Circuit Model)

Explanation of the Metaprogramming circuit (excerpt of Prometheus Rising)
"We are all greater artists than we realize" or "What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves" or "mind and its contents are functionally identical." This computer is much more powerful and scientifically advanced than the rapture-machine in the neurosomatic circuit (5th circuit). It has total access to all the earlier, primitive circuits, and overrules any of them. That is, if you put a meta-programming instruction into this computer; it will relay it downward to the old circuits and cancel contradictory programs left over from the past. For instance, try feeding it on such meta-programming instructions as:
1. I am at cause over my body.
2. I am at cause over my imagination.
3. I am at cause over my future.
4. My mind abounds with beauty and power.
5. I like people, and people like me.
Remember that this computer is only a few decades ahead of present technology, so it cannot "understand" your commands if you harbor any doubts about them. Doubts tell it not to perform. Work always from what you can believe in, extending the area of belief only as results encourage you to try for more dramatic transformations of your past reality-tunnels."

2 Metaprogramming quotes:
"Man is ignorant of the nature of his own being and powers, Even
his idea of his limitations is based on experience of the pad. There
is therefore no reason to assign theoretical limits to what he may
be, or what he may do."
— Aleister Crowley, Magick

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true,
or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience
and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended.
In the province of the mind. There are no limits."
Dr. John C. Lilly
Ideas are toys baby.

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