An Israeli professor of cognitive philosophy has claimed that Moses was probably tripping on hallucinogenic drugs when he received the Ten Commandments from God. Writing in the British journal “Time and Mind,” professor Benny Shanon explained that two naturally-occuring plants on the Sinai Peninsula have the same mind-altering effects as the currently trendy psychotropic plant ayahuasca which grows in the Amazon jungle. "I have no direct proof of this interpretation," he says. However, "it seems logical that something was altered in people's consciousness. There are other stories in the Bible that mention the use of plants.” Specifically, he believes that the Israelites used two plants in their rituals: wild rue, which is still used as a hallucinogen by the Bedoin to this day; and the acacia tree, which also has psychedelic properties and is mentioned in the Bible as being the type of wood out of which the Ark of the Covenant was built. (ABC News)

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