So if many other species such as ‘ death caps ‘ etc, produce proper poison capable of killing a human, than by comparison psilocybin is not much of a poison.

Cubensis have been on this planet for around 5 million years...you’d think that would be enough time to evolve its highest functioning?

I find cubensis growing wild that have been eaten by insects, mammals, and even by the cattle that are the important link in their reproductive cycle.

Couldn’t this suggest that psilocybin is actually an attractor?

I find cubensis regularly that have had insects tunnelling from the base of the stem and have exited at the cap. I never find dead insects in these specimens and in fact need to check the more mature ones aren’t infested with fruit flies ( they usually always are).

Why does science seem to want to persist with this hypothesis?

The opposite seems more likely , from my observation of how cubensis grow in the wild, I see insects and animals seem to actually prefer cubensis than the other species here which include many ‘ edible ‘ boletus, macrolepiota species.

I assume that this attraction would be a biological advantage in terms of wider spore distribution.

Certainly is working out well for the various psychedelic species to produce these compounds, their future biological success is guaranteed.

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wow, really cool science and ecology

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The first couple questions make it clear that the toxin theory is in hypothesis stage, but he still seems convinced of it to dismiss the stoned ape theory outright on the grounds that it contradicts the toxin theory...

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I think Terence Mckenna dealt with the theory of psychedelic as toxin. There's not really any evidence of that and also other toxins are far more potent that have evolved in the plant and fungal universe. Psilocybin really seems quite benign and potentially even beneficial to higher organisms (see stoned ape theory).

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