By Giorgio Samorini

An Italian ethnobotanist explores the extraordinary propensity of untamed animals to search out and use psychoactive components.

• Throws out behaviorist theories that declare animals haven't any cognizance.

• bargains a very new realizing of the function psychedelics play within the improvement of realization in all species.

• finds drug use to be a usual intuition.

From caffeine-dependent goats to nectar addicted ants, the animal country bargains awesome examples of untamed animals and bugs searching out and eating the psychoactive ingredients of their environments. writer Giorgio Samorini explores this little-known phenomenon and means that, faraway from being restricted to people, the need to adventure altered states of awareness is a traditional force shared by means of all dwelling beings and that animals interact in those behaviors intentionally. Rejecting the Western cultural assumption that utilizing medications is a damaging motion or the results of an sickness, Samorini opens our eyes to the prospect that beings who eat psychedelics--whether people or animals--contribute to the evolution in their species via developing completely new styles of habit that finally should be followed by way of different participants of that species. The author's interesting bills of mushroom-loving reindeer, intoxicated birds, and drunken elephants make sure that readers won't ever view the animal global in rather an analogous manner back.

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