Microbes & Mushrooms from Outer Space

I really enjoyed the explanation for the extraterrestrial origins of human intelligence put forward by the late Terence McKenna, who hypothesized mushrooms from outer space that took root in our brains and changed the whole ball game.

Certain types of spores- the theory goes- are simple enough to survive such a journey. They could have been sent hurtling through space by the devastating explosion of their home world or for any other reason. But whatever the cause… A species of mushroom spores could have then drifted aimlessly through space until landing on the moist, fetid earth of- well- Earth. Once settled in and growing nicely, these spores may have been ingested by simple humanoids living in small tribal societies- mutating their brains into new forms- creating spontaneous shifts in perception and giving rise to such “human” potentials as art, religion, and psychic ability.

This theme was picked up and pursued through history in much more detail- with a huge number of mindblowing symbolic “coincidences”- by Jan Irvin and Andy Rutajit in “The Pharmacratic Inquisition.” It’s long but I recommend it. You will never look at mushrooms the same way again.

Well, recently it was reported that scientists have discovered a species of microscopic life that indeed could have followed that exact same trajectory here to planet Earth, making the “space mushrooms” theory more feasible than ever. In fact, these microbes do indeed seem to be of extraterrestrial origin. To wit:

Mysterious red cells might be aliens
By Jebediah Reed – Popular Science

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis’s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.

In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples — water taken from the mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across Louis’s home state of Kerala in the summer of 2001 — contain microbes from outer space.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen- CHUBBY RAIN.


~ by theylive on August 12, 2006.

5 Responses to “Microbes & Mushrooms from Outer Space”

  1. That’s definitely an out there theory, both literal and metaphorical. Although I guess if they’ve found physical evidence to suggest the theory, then I guess it could be plausible. Even though that would be an interesting bit in the history books. “And then cromagnon man found a funny looking mushroom and ate it, but it just so happened that particular mushroom grew from a microbe from outer space that mutated his brain into the brains that humans have today.”

    That would be pretty freaky.

  2. Also read: The Hidden Messages in Water

    Comets make excellent frozen delivery vehicles!

  3. I realy don’t believe that but I di believe that aliens have incorperated their genes with ours ovver a period of thousands of years by artificial genetic manipulation. The cromagnon man was the original human life and his genes have been manipulated. Possibly spores could very easily cause changes also along with viruses. Also I believe the German race is a complete trasplant from the Pleiades and were sent here to help but have gotten out of hand at times and they don’t understand their mission.

  4. The problem with this theory is that acquired traits are not inherited. This idea was popularized by Lamark in the early 1800s prior to Darwin’s theories. Consider a pregnant women with a tatoo; no one would expect the baby to have the same tattoo…
    Mushrooms could very well have driven cultural evolution. Considering the profound plasticity of the human brain, cultural evolution could itself by considered literally Lamarkian if inherited patterns of thought correspond to structures of brain that support them.

  5. […] Closer to home the shadow-biosphere includes extremeophiles, life that can live in terrestrial toxic environments (photos) like Mono Lake, CA or the cosmic radiation of the vacuum of space (mushroom spores!). […]

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