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Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher
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Posted on 03/04/2008 6:46:14 AM PST by crusty old prospector

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week. Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

"The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.


TOPICS: Judaism
KEYWORDS: crackheadprofessor; judaism; moses; projection; religion
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Dude, pass some more of the crazy toadstools.
1 posted on 03/04/2008 6:46:15 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: crusty old prospector

IBTZ!


2 posted on 03/04/2008 6:46:58 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: crusty old prospector

Weeeellll....he had a pretty steady hand to carve out all those 20...ah, 10 Commandments in stone, considering (according to this story) he was “stoned” himself.


3 posted on 03/04/2008 6:48:10 AM PST by NordP (Obama might be for change....but I want dollar bills!)
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To: crusty old prospector

I wonder what this guy is on?


4 posted on 03/04/2008 6:48:17 AM PST by mountainlyons (confused conservative)
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To: crusty old prospector

It’s nice to see other religions have their nut cases and fringe!


5 posted on 03/04/2008 6:48:30 AM PST by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: caver

Why?


6 posted on 03/04/2008 6:48:36 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: caver

Oh chill out!

There’s no zot here.


7 posted on 03/04/2008 6:49:34 AM PST by Artemis Webb
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To: crusty old prospector

What was he on when he parted the Red Sea?


8 posted on 03/04/2008 6:49:51 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: crusty old prospector

LOL, so all that smoke was not from a burning bush, but just Moses smoking weed. Too funny the levels that ‘researchers’ stoop to.


9 posted on 03/04/2008 6:49:58 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: poobear

LOL - in Islam, “nutcases and fringe” are the norm. Come up with a story like this and he’d be “stoned”, or preferrably, decapitated.


10 posted on 03/04/2008 6:50:05 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: NordP

He must have also given some to Pharaoh so as to help deceive him with his magic tricks, like the plagues.


11 posted on 03/04/2008 6:50:05 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

No surprise there ...

12 posted on 03/04/2008 6:50:06 AM PST by tx_eggman ("they want to be judged on their intentions, not their results" - libtards official motto)
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"The Bible says people see sounds"

Chapter/verse, please.

13 posted on 03/04/2008 6:50:36 AM PST by Enosh ()
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To: crusty old prospector

Pharoah, and all his subjects. That’s a lot of weed.


14 posted on 03/04/2008 6:51:01 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: tx_eggman
Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology...

No surprise there.

15 posted on 03/04/2008 6:51:55 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: crusty old prospector

That’s right: The Easter is just around the corner... Passover a bit further on. But it’s never too early to denigrate religious observances.


16 posted on 03/04/2008 6:52:00 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: NordP

Carved in stone? That is a fairy tale. Maybe later, but not at the time they were declared.


17 posted on 03/04/2008 6:52:12 AM PST by LetsRok
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Yes and Moses only thought he saw the water part and the tripping people really walked across on top of the water. /sarcasm
18 posted on 03/04/2008 6:52:31 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am the watchman on the tower sounding the alarm.)
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To: LetsRok
I KNEW I should have put "/sarc" after my post...thought I didn't need to. Teach me to think.
19 posted on 03/04/2008 6:53:29 AM PST by NordP (Obama might be for change....but I want dollar bills!)
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To: crusty old prospector
Sure. He was there. He saw it in person. He knows FOR SURE EXACTLY what was going on. Right. Just like all these so called experts on everything back in history. They ALL KNOW now what happened back then. They are THE EXPERTS, in their own mines that is. /sarcasm still on very heavy
20 posted on 03/04/2008 6:53:49 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Obama: NOT the next JFK. He is the NEXT STALIN!!!! Wake up America!!!)
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