Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Mind expanding tool

"LSD wanted to tell me something," [Albert] Hofmann told the gathering Friday. "It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation."

From this Wired report.

Albert Hoffmann, who discovered in 1938 lysergic acid diethylamide (aka LSD), turned 100 recently. In a conference held in his honour, this is what one of the participants had to say:

"When I'm on LSD and hearing something that's pure rhythm [such as the drum solos by the Grateful Dead], it takes me to another world and into anther brain state where I've stopped thinking and started knowing,"

Later, the report quotes Steve Jobs as describing his LSD experience as "one of the two or three most important things he has done in his life." There is also a link to a website that hosts a library of "modern-day spiritual LSD experiences", providing "access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues".

Just in case you are wondering, the report also has a short summary of recent research into the therapeutic use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs.