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article imageIsraeli Professor Says Moses Was 'High on Drugs' When He Heard Voice of God

By Pamela Jean     Mar 4, 2008 in World
Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem published the claim recently in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy. He says he knows this from his own personal experiences with psychedelic drugs.
Shanon made his outrageous claims on Israeli public radio Tuesday. Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, according to Shanon.
He went on to state that Moses was hallucinating when he heard the voice of God deliver the 10 commandments, as well as when he heard God speak from the "burning bush". "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 went on the share with the listeners his own experiences with psychotropic substances. He indicated that when he was in Brazil in 1991 he participated in a religious ceremony. He ingested
ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, and claims to have had his own religious experience.
"I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations."
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. "The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic phenomenon," he said citing the example of the religious ceremonies he participated in in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."
I think the doctor needs to step away from the psychedelics himself, as he obviously is concocting theories based on nothing other than his own hallucinations.
I'm sure he believes that Satan is a manifestation of drug induced hallucinations as well. Wonder what he'll say when he meets him face to face and realizes that he is on a drug trip that will never end?
I'm guessing there is a special pitchfork in Hell with his name on it.
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