WE'VE BEEN GETTING STONED SINCE FOREVER

We've Been Getting Stoned Since Forever
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WE'VE BEEN GETTING STONED SINCE FOREVER



Written by Aisha Nozari
15 Monday 15th July 2013

Alternet have published a paper by an international research team that basically details the fact we've liked to get utterly fucked up since the stone-age. A bunch of clever guys have studied geometric patters in palaeolithic paintings and argue that these patterns show we've always been partial to a cheeky hallucinogenic drug now and again.

Paintings across continents, which date back up to 40,000 years, sport many similarities. Previously these have been depicted as the early artists attempt to document the world around them. Actually, according to this paper, the similarities can be pinned down to everyone being wasted all the time and our biological pre-disposition to see certain patterns when we're under the influence of hallucinogens. (One time my buddy and I were 100% certain we saw her dog puke a rainbow.)

The researchers hypothesis goes as follows: 'The prevalence of certain geometric patterns in the symbolic material culture of many prehistoric cultures, starting shortly after the emergence of our biological species and continuing in some indigenous cultures until today, is explained in terms of the characteristic contents of biologically determined hallucinatory experience.' Erm, OK.

I mean personally I've always thought some of those cave drawings looked a little whacked out. I mean is that a bison or a weird looking vagina?

If you're feeling brave check out the paper here.

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