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A city of northern Puerto Rico on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a commercial and industrial center. Population, 48,779.
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
"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_