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A city of northern Puerto Rico on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a commercial and industrial center. Population, 48,779.
Arecibo Observatory, radio-astronomy
facility (completed 1963) located at Arecibo, Puerto Rico; it is operated
by Cornell Univ. under contract with the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Its fixed antenna
of spherical section, 1,000 ft (305 m) in diameter, is the largest radio-telescope
antenna in the world.
The other thing to notice is that, and this is
true of all fungi, they're what is known as primary decomposers.They exist
only on dead matter. That's the only karmaless place in the food chain. Vegetarianism
compared to that is an orgy of mass slaughter. I guess I have a slight
Buddhist bias here. But it seems to me that we've only known about DNA
since about 1950, and we're already talking about completely redesigning
ourselves based on reprogramming the human genome. So it may be that this
is a stage that any intelligent being, species, organism, anywhere in the
universe passes through, a phase where it takes control of its own design process.
And Stropharia Cubensis looks to me like it's been designed for immortality, information
storage, low-speed space flight, an ability to adapt to an incredible variety
of environments. So I'm willing to at least entertain the possibility,
based on the fact that it talks to you and fills you with alien information,
that it may in fact be an artefact of extra-terrestrial origin.
This is how real aliens
would do it. They don't arrive in the middle of the night with an interest
in your asshole like the stories we're given, that's preposterous. Still
less do they have an interest in the electrical
grid, or the Gross National Product, or any of that. The problem with an
extraterrestrial is to know when you're looking at one. I once visited
the world's largest radio telescope in Aracibo, Puerto Rico, and they search
for extra- terrestrial life with this thing. It's so large a telescope
it's basically a dish suspended in round valley. And underneath the dish
there's pasture land, and white cattle, and Stropharia Cubensis... It's
like this amazing image of this instrument studying the centre of NGC-3622?,
and yet a hundred feet from the main control booth is probably what they're
looking for. [laughter]
"The world's largest radio
telescope is at Arecibo in Puerto Rico, and within the shadow of that installation, psychedelicmushrooms
grow in the fields and the cows graze quietly in the sunshine.
It's a marvelous interpenetration of the near and the faraway. I believe
that the place to search for extraterrestrials is in the psychic dimension,
and there the problem is not the absence of communication but an abundance of
signals that must be sifted through, because the fact of the matter is that shamans
and mystics and seers have been hearing voices and talking to gods and demons
since Paleolithic times and probably before. We shouldn't rule out this
approach to communication. It seems to me far more likely that an advanced
civilization would communicate interdimensionally and telepathically, and the
amounts of time available for an intelligent species to haveevolved
these kinds of communication are vast."
- Terence McKenna - _Archaic Revival_