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Saint Timothy:

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LSD:  Sacrament or Scourge?

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Timothy Leary, Harvard psychologist and LSD-promoting, hippie guru, was a phenomenon that occurred at a special point in human history. Our species had just discovered the mind-expanding chemical, LSD. Though it has since been denounced as "just a dangerous drug of abuse," the empirical fact is that no one who actually tried psychedelics concluded that the experience was "just" anything!





 

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Can a drug enhance creativity?

Not only did LSD seem to change people, some of those changes were touted as being highly beneficial. Claims of "new insight" and "enhanced vision" began to be commonplace. For example, consider Ken Kesey's claim that LSD enabled him to write his acclaimed novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest:

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Keseystoned Cops
Fueled by royalties from ''One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest,'' Kesey takes the Merry Pranksters farther on ''Further''



STEVE JOBS, co-founder of Apple, "told a reporter that taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life. He said there were things about him that people who had not tried psychedelics — even people who knew him well, including his wife — could never understand." (The New York Times, 10/5/11)

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BTW, Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA,
was on LSD when he discovered the secret of life!



And Dock Ellis was high on LSD
when he pitched a no-hitter!

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Dock Ellis Himself On
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Note on "Mysticism"

In the discussion below, we speak at length about mystical, spiritual experiences. A question many people ask is what this refers to, "What's a mystical experience?" And, "How do we know that such states actually exist and comprise distinct religious experiences?" Indeed, if there are sacred sacraments that can make mystical religious experiences available to most people who would otherwise not know what those words refer to, then in this discussion, most of you who have not tried the sacraments may not know what we are talking about!

This poses a serious problem because it is not OK to just say,

"Well, you haven't had THE experience, so you don't know what we are talking about. You don't know what our evidence is, so you can't question our conclusions."
Such claims are commonly made to insulate true believers of many stripes from any critical thinking about their beliefs.

In response to this problem, we present solid, scientific evidence that profoundly religious experiences can be reliably induced by certain sacraments. And in order to give you some sense of what we mean by "mystical states," we have provided The Yo FAQ and The Word, According to Yo, which explain what is meant by mystical experience and then attempt to ground the concepts (what our "mystical" words are referring to) in modern science.

You may have to struggle to understand what we are saying in The FAQ; the conclusions—which, after all, are "mystical," i.e., they transcend ordinary reality and turn some notions inside out—will challenge your typical views of existence. Ordinary waking reality is just "the tip of the iceberg." The Truth is strange. indeed.


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Former Harvard Professor, Dr. Richard Alpert, later known as
Ram Dass, describes some of the mystical effects of LSD.

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There's More than One Way
to Have a Mystical Experience ;-)

At TED, Jill Bolte Taylor describes her mystical stroke


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One conclusion was forced upon my mind at that time, and my impression of its truth has ever since remained unshaken. It is that our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. How to regard them is the question — for they are so discontinuous with ordinary consciousness. Yet they may determine attitudes though they cannot furnish formulas, and open a region though they fail to give a map. At any rate, they forbid a premature closing of our accounts with reality.
                     (William James The Varieties of Religious Experience, p. 388)


Can LSD ameliorate the most severe suffering?

Arguably, the most terrifying anguish that large numbers of us will have to face is slow death from cancer or disease. The tragic emotional pain of facing the end of one's life can be magnified into hideous horror by intractable physical pain.

What is most remarkable about LSD is that in many people it can eliminate both forms of suffering. The agonizing physical pain that tortures the dying person can become irrelevant as it recedes into the background. Individuals have been known to forgo altogether the pain medication that, before taking LSD, was barely denting their off-the-charts agony. Death can become the natural process that it is, a natural process that is totally acceptable to the dying.

And should that not be the way it is at the end of our lives? When we know we cannot go on much longer and will soon be gone, should we not be able to stop fighting and accept the inevitable? How useless it is to fight after the battle is lost. How futile it is to rail against Reality. How glorious it would be if we could accept the inevitable natural course with equanimity, without horrifying pain.

The late Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) discovered LSD as a research chemist at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals. He developed many drugs at Sandoz (now Novartis) and was involved in the early research establishing the effects of his discoveries. At first he was exhilarated by the promise LSD showed as it was investigated scientifically by professionals in both the lab and clinic. But later he was quite dismayed and troubled by the widespread use of LSD, which he termed an "epidemic."

In his book, LSD: My Problem Child, Hofmann described the first ten years of research that documented LSD's effects. Much of his subsequent dismay was due to the fact that LSD's important therapeutic potential was obscured by the reactive hysteria that dominated the official view of LSD after its use became widespread and indiscriminate. Hofmann, the scientist, noted that one important use of LSD that had been documented in the research and was being lost was its potentially invaluable use in end-of-life situations:

"One medicinal use of LSD that touches on fundamental ethical questions is its administration to the dying. This practice arose from observations in American clinics that especially severe painful conditions of cancer patients, which no longer respond to conventional pain-relieving medication, could be alleviated or completely abolished by LSD. Of course, this does not involve an analgesic effect in the true sense. The diminution of pain sensitivity may rather occur because patients under the influence of LSD are psychologically so dissociated from their bodies that physical pain no longer penetrates their consciousness. In order for LSD to be effective in such cases, it is especially crucial that patients be prepared and instructed about the kind of experiences and transformations that await them. In many cases it has proved beneficial for either a member of the clergy or a psychotherapist to guide the patient's thoughts in a religious direction. Numerous case histories tell of patients who gained meaningful insights about life and death on their deathbeds as, freed from pain in LSD ecstasy and reconciled to their fate, they faced their earthly demise fearlessly and in peace." (LSD: My Problem Child, Chapter 4)

[A recent study demonstrating similar results
using Magic Mushrooms is described here.]

After the thorough indoctrination our society has undergone about LSD and the other sacred entheogens, most people would not dare to utilize such salves. Furthermore, based on ideological hysteria about "drugs," misinformation, and downright falsehoods, our supposed "leaders" have made it illegal to use such sacraments at such a crucial time. In their so-called Drug War—that even such a level-headed figure as Walter Cronkite realized is a complete, misery-creating boondogle—they lock up in prison for life (!) those who would bring such potential relief into existence and deliver it to those in agony. Thus, the authorities deny dying people—many of whom cannot otherwise find relief from the greatest horror that many of us must face—the only agony amelioration that is available.

This is not just wrong. It is sick. It is criminal.

2014 Update: Finally, more than half a century after LSD was shown to alleviate such suffering, years after this page was first written, and after countless millions who could have benefited from relief from tragic, unnecessary horror have passed away, governments are allowing a tiny trickle of research to reappear. And surprise, surprise! They are finding the same thing: It works! See this New York Times report.


Reefer Madness: The Propaganda Movie
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Reefer Madness: Part 2 of 2.

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God Smokes Pot.

When greedy destruction of our planet merits a slap on the wrist while using mild entheogens is treated like a major felony, justice is a joke.  Only it's not funny.

Milton Friedman speaks out against the absurd drug war.  But his right wing, Republican followers ignore his down to earth belief in freedom when it doesn't suit their wallets.




Opening the Doors of Perception:

Can a drug facilitate the experience
of genuine mystical, religious states?

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But, could genuine mystical experiences and truly profound spiritual insights be the uncommon exception, occurring when the extraordinarily gifted, like Aldous Huxley, ingest such drugs? While some would make such an exclusionary claim, the fact is that reports of mystical insights were commonplace during LSD's heyday. There is abundant empirical evidence that psychedelics do, in fact, facilitate profound, mystical religious experiences, even among more "ordinary" folks.

In addition to the evidence presented on these pages, take a look at Harvard University's archive of the the work of R. Gordon Wasson, the ethnomycologist whose research showed that "entheogenic" (a word that Wasson coined) mushrooms played an important role in the history of human religion. Wasson "discovered" (for Western science, that is) magic mushrooms back around 1953, when early reports weren't automatically enshrouded in drug war propaganda.

Drugs and God?


The Marsh Chapel Experiment

More evidence that a drug can reliably facilitate the experience of mystical religious states.

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What about the other participants in the experiment? Reverend Randall Laakko's experience was apparently the norm, as can be gleaned from this article about Reverend Mike Young's and other participants' experiences.

25 years later: A follow-up study

From the 2006 study of psilocybin that replicated the positive findings from the Good Friday Experiment, we are starting to see some longer term follow up data: the positive results continue to last more than a year later. But this just corroborates the findings from the earlier the Marsh Chapel experience: 25 years later, a comprehensive follow-up study was carried out to determine the nature of any lasting long term effects (Doblin, R. 1991. Pahnke's "Good Friday Experiment": A Long-Term Follow-Up and Methodological Critique. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 23, No.1.) The author noted:

Each of the psilocybin subjects had vivid memories of portions of their Good Friday experience . . . The experimental subjects unanimously described their Good Friday psilocybin experience as having had elements of a genuinely mystical nature and characterized it as one of the highpoints of their spiritual life. Some subjects reported that the content of their experience was specifically involved with the life of Christ and related directly to the Christian message while others had experiences of a more universal, non-specific nature. Most of the control subjects could barely remember even a few details of the service . . .

Each of the psilocybin subjects felt that the experience had significantly affected his life in a positive way and expressed appreciation for having participated in the experiment. Most of the effects discussed in the long-term follow-up interviews centered around enhanced appreciation of life and of nature, deepened sense of joy, deepened commitment to the Christian ministry or to whatever other vocations the subjects chose, enhanced appreciation of unusual experiences and emotions, increased tolerance of other religious systems, deepened equanimity in the face of difficult life crises, and greater solidarity and identification with foreign peoples, minorities, women and nature.

While the author criticized Walter Pahnke for downplaying the frightening experiences and emotional struggles that were experienced by some of the experimental subjects (one of whom was administered a tranquilizer to help him calm down) Doblin also noted that:

Despite the difficult moments several of the psilocybin subjects passed through, the subjects who participated in the long-term follow-up reported a substantial amount of persisting positive effects and no significant long-term negative effects. Even the subject who was tranquilized in the original experiment reported only "slightly harmful" negative persisting effects at the six-month follow-up . . .
All psilocybin subjects participating in the long-term follow-up, but none of the controls, still considered their original experience to have had genuinely mystical elements and to have made a uniquely valuable contribution to their spiritual lives. The positive changes described by the psilocybin subjects at six months, which in some cases involved basic vocational and value choices and spiritual understandings, had persisted over time and in some cases had deepened. The overwhelmingly positive nature of the reports of the psilocybin subjects are even more remarkable because this long-term follow-up took place during a period of time in the United States when drug abuse was becoming the public's number one social concern, with all the attendant social pressure to deny the value of drug-induced experiences. The long-term follow-up interviews cast considerable doubt on the assertion that mystical experiences catalyzed by drugs are in any way inferior to non-drug mystical experiences in both their immediate content and long-term positive effects . . .

Thus, despite having an experience that was "unanimously described as having had elements of a genuinely mystical nature and characteriz[ing] it as one of the highpoints of their spiritual life . . . [that] had significantly affected [their lives] in a positive way" the experimental subjects who had received psilocybin had little opportunity to ever have such experiences again.

For most this was their life's only psychedelic experience, in part because there have been no legal opportunities for such experiences for the last twenty-five years in the United States (or in any of the roughly 90 countries who are party to the international drug control treaties coordinated by the United Nation's World Health Organization).

How sad.



July 11, 2006:
A New Scientific Study of Magic Mushrooms

Click here to read major media reports of the 2006 scientific study of magic mushrooms. 24 hours in the life of some Psilocybe cubensis:  Click here to read major media reports of the 2006 scientific study of magic mushrooms.
How will they spin this one?



June 13, 2014:
The New York Times on Ayahuasca:
The Entheogen Known as DMT

Brewing Ayahuasca.  Click the image (and then enlarge it) to read The New York Times article on the Ayahuasca spiritual journey.
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MAPS International Conferences:
Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century
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Saint Albert II (1906 - 2008)

Hofmann's Potion
A sane view of LSD



Truth versus Politics
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Though the reactions to taking LSD ranged from mystical religious experience, psychotherapeutic breakthroughs, terrifying psychotic breaks, and functional breakdowns (that did occur and that the military tried to exploit through the weaponization of psychedelics), nobody took LSD and remained unchanged. It clearly provides one of the most intense, life-altering experiences available to humanity.

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Given the abundance of data documenting positive experiences and the relative rarity of tragic outcomes—especially when compared with drugs that are readily dispensed and, often, even forced on people—the relegation of this phenomenon to "just a drug experience" is a rather strange reaction coming from the same folks that are bringing you Prozac World. The American designation of LSD as a Schedule I Controlled Substance (essentially meaning it is worthless and dangerous) is terribly sad. Especially when it and related entheogens are the only substances that can dramatically mitigate the horror and pain (both physical and emotional) experienced by those facing imminent death, e.g., from terminal cancer. As already noted above, depriving the terminally ill of the opportunity to experience profound meaning and solace as they face death is . . . criminal.

''Don't Do Drugs!'' This message is sponsored by the makers of Prozac:  With Prozac,''Distress Melts in Your Mouth, Not by Your Hand.''

Stephen Colbert on the Canadian
LSD Fiend, Andrew Feldmar

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But this shouldn't surprise us. The legal drugs that we are told "are good for us" (for example, the so-called "antidepressants" and "antipsychotics")—despite the fact that they are terribly dangerous and destroy far more lives than LSD ever could—do help people "to adjust," i.e., to accommodate their selves to the status quo. Thus despite their danger, as Huxley warned us, those in power would naturally promote their use.


I thought that we might just survive and the planet with us if we could manage to get enough people to experience the view which the psychedelic sacraments give . . . [But so] much for the rhetoric of "freedom of religion," so oft repeated nowadays. So what if the psychedelic of choice is LSD rather than peyote? Is it OK to eat peyote if you are a native American indigenee but not if you are a white or black or other native of America? Since when is there any difference? Why should there be some sort of barrier to joining any religious group? There is only one answer: you are not allowed to be different, to think original thoughts, to act as if you were really free. You are not supposed to experience the world in any way differently to the way those in power wish you to. (Bear, aka Owsley Stanley)


Chemicals that lead to new insights and encourage one to question the current structure of society are far less likely to be seen as benign by those "on top," i.e., those who reap the lion's share of the benefits from existing social structures. Since they have a good deal of control over what our society perceives as "truth," it should be no surprise—in marked contrast to the way the mind control drugs are viewed—that the dangers of mind expanding drugs are greatly exaggerated and their potential benefit is greatly minimized. Once such propaganda took hold and the psychedelics were thoroughly demonized, the President of the United States gave Timothy Leary the title of "The Most Dangerous Man in America."


In contrast to such blatant propaganda, here is a summary of what we really know about LSD, based on the work of leading consultants to the same governmental agencies that produce the propaganda!

Lunch with Marshall McLuhan, from Flashbacks:
An Autobiography
by Timothy Leary, 1983
"Dreary Senate hearings and courtrooms are not the platforms for your message, Tim. You call yourself a philosopher, a reformer. Fine. But the key to your work is advertising. You're promoting a product. The new and improved accelerated brain. You must use the most current tactics for arousing consumer interest. Associate LSD with all the good things that the brain can produce -- beauty, fun, philosophic wonder, religious revelation, increased intelligence, mystical romance. Word of mouth from satisfied consumers will help, but get your rock and roll friends to write jingles about the brain."

He sang, "Lysergic acid hits the spot. Forty billion neurons, that's a lot."

"The problem is tricky," I said. "The opposition beat us to the punch. The psychiatrists and police propagandists have already stressed the negative, which can be dangerous when the mind is re-imprinting under LSD. They may be deliberately provoking bad trips. They never mention the 999 good experiences. They keep repeating 'LSD: jump out a window.' When some ill-prepared person goes spinning into new realms, he or she wonders, 'What happens now? Oh yeah. Jump out a window.' It's like the over-solicitous mother who warned her kids not to push peanuts up their noses."

"Exactly," agreed McLuhan. "That's why your advertising must stress the religious. Find the god within. This is all frightfully interesting. Your competitors are naturally denouncing the brain as an instrument of the devil. Priceless!

"To dispel fear you must use your public image. You are the basic product endorser. Whenever you are photographed, smile. Wave reassuringly. Radiate courage. Never complain or appear angry. It's okay if you come off as flamboyant and eccentric. You're a professor, after all. But a confident attitude is the best advertisement. You must be known for your smile.

"You're not going to overthrow the Protestant Ethic in a couple of years. This culture knows how to sell fear and pain. Drugs that accelerate the brain won't be accepted until the population is geared to computers. You're way ahead of your time. They'll attempt to destroy your credibility."

"It's incredibility I'm after," I replied.

Proscribed Sacraments => ''Think for yourself.''  Prescribed drugs => ''Believe what you've been told.''

Chris Rock Is Succinct (but not polite ;-)
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Nancy Reagan: "Just Say Yes!"
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Ali G Plays with US & UK Drug Agents
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Meanwhile, our governments turn a blind eye to a truly dangerous chemical that kills thousands every year, Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO).

So, Always Remember: Obey Authority!
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Seriously, DON'T Take Drugs!

Of course, when they say that, they are referring to the proscribed "drugs" that threaten them, not to the prescribed, mind-control "medicines" and mind-numbing drugs (like alcohol). Maybe you need antidepressants because there is something to be upset about. And while the use of the prescribed drugs may be in the interests of those in power, maybe it is dangerous to use drugs that enable you to ignore a lousy situation that is rapidly getting worse. The prescribed, psychiatric drugs may be enabling dysfunctional, maladaptive behavior!

One of these "authorities"
hawked a dangerous drug that
has killed MILLIONS of people!

Can you guess which one that was?

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Timothy Leary & Ronald Reagan:  Drug Salesmen.

Uhm, er . . . We mean JUST Take Your Drugs!

And pay no attention to the men behind the curtains!

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Just take your medication and ignore the detail men behind the curtain!


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Eli Lilly was a dope dealer before they invented Zyprexa!



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Parke Davis:  A Dope Dealer You Can Trust :-)

Here's a summary of the status of modern-day medical marijuana.

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Ah, the good old days when you could get your Methamphetamine from the same dope dealer!



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Before there was Bayer Aspirin, there was Bayer Heroin!



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Cocaine! The pain preventive dentifrice!




Didn't they tell you that drugs are used as "an escape from reality?" If that is so, what makes the psychiatric drugs so different? Indeed, many of them are also drugs of abuse! And as the saying goes, "If you're not worried (anxious, depressed, overwhelmed), you're not paying attention." So, unlike your "leaders," we believe it is dangerous to take the consciousness diminishing drugs.

Look what happens:

The Course of Human Evolution

First, De-Evolution ;-)

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All seriousness aside. Er . . . we meant to say all kidding about de-evolution aside, take a look at that remarkable timescape again. Do you realize you are a runner in a truly miraculous, two BILLION-year-old DNA-baton relay race? You were passed your DNA baton from your parents, who got it from your grandparents, who got it from your great-grandparents . . . and so on back to the very first life forms 2.5 billion years ago. In that 2.5 billion-year-old unbroken chain not one of your direct ancestors dropped the baton. You are an extension of a 2.5 billion-year-old life form/process.

We doubt that the function of this evolutionary miracle was to create sentient beer drinkers. Or to become prescription-medicated pegs that could be fit into standardized holes in order to function as part of the mindless cogs needed to operate some gargantuan, impersonal, corporate machinery.

The point is that maybe "they" (those who benefit from it) want you to keep your focus on the beer and the gadgets your corporate enslavement can make available. You can go to church on Sunday as long as it reinforces the beliefs that those who derive their authority from your beliefs told you to believe. This is all fine as long as most of us keep our eyes on the proverbial (alcohol soaked) ball as we spend our days earning money for our fossil fueled, biosphere poison spewing, transportation devices. They don't want you to wake up and ponder the wonder of it all. You may be disillusioned by the things that seem so important. You might be thrilled by things they can't use to control you. The bottom line: You might not participate so eagerly in the system that gives them such high status, power, and/or wealth.

The Real Danger of LSD

Ironically, the video below—created by the military in their exploration of how to use LSD as a weapon—provides evidence for our thesis: That the antipathy toward LSD and other psychedelics is due to how much they threaten those in power. Indeed, our governments' experiments showed how truly dangerous LSD is: Under its influence, soldiers lost their sense of discipline and commanders cracked up laughing. Without a hierarchy and discipline, how would those in power maintain their power?

"If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks."
(Frederick The Great, King of Prussia 1740-1786)


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Bill Hicks explains the dangers of psychedelics.  Click the image to go to our magic mushroom page.

Here's the real danger posed by LSD and other entheogens: What if it's not "just a drug experience," i.e., not just a crazy intoxication detached from reality? What if there really is something terribly funny about military exercises to laugh about? What if there really is something incredibly absurd in all the self-important, human posturing, posing, and deadly serious game playing that makes up normal waking consciousness?

Consider Carl Sagan's Cosmological Perspective:


Saint Timothy: The Brilliant, Naive Visionary

''Holy shit!'' may be one of the most commonly verbalized descriptions of the psychedelic experience.

There just might have been something vitally important and valid in Leary's message. However, along with being a visionary who had dramatic impact on the course of human events, Timothy Leary also had some rather naive and unfortunate notions about how LSD, other drugs, and electronic information technologies would change the world for the better. Allergic to the notion of organized religion—especially after his experience as a young Catholic—he actually believed that LSD and technology advances would overcome organized religions and ideologies, would replace them with a newly created wave of enlightened independent thinking. Timothy Leary actually believed that the well-organized power holders would not find a way to suppress or subvert these new human inventions in order to serve their interests. In contrast, consider why we need a religion like Yoism.

Those who, like Timothy Leary, believe in the sanctity of the individual and work toward freeing people from collective delusions and the chains of irrational social structures can inadvertently end up supporting solipsistic, irrelevant hedonism. This was the fate of the Leary-led "Hippie Revolution," which was thoroughly co-opted and out-competed by those who were willing, to a significant degree, to subvert their selves to supraordinate corporate goals or religious ideologies.

(For a further exploration of these issues and to see how South Park's Trey Parker approached this issue, take a look at The Trouble with Trippies.)


Timothy Leary Being Interviewed by Paul Krassner
in 1995 (the year before he died)

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Here's Saint Timothy Three Decades Earlier, in 1966



And here's Allen Ginsberg's Summary of
the Phenomenon Known as Timothy Leary


Despite his character flaws and folly, Timothy was a genuine Yoan Saint. He tried to promote some of the holiest, most profound religious ideals ever formulated. For a closer look at some of his insights, as well as some of his folly, consider the following.

Brilliant, Misguided Saint Timothy Leary:  LSD Evangelist.

Timothy Leary's How to Operate Your Brain: An Owner's Manual

Timothy Leary's Declaration of Evolution

Timothy Leary and the Naive LSD Revolution Visions of the Otherwise Wise

Another Interview of Saint Timothy, at the End of His Life





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LSD is a nootropic!

Fun Fact: LSD is a nootropic. One of the least-known facts about LSD is that the longest single research project with that chemical in the U.S., at the Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland, showed an average 10 per cent intelligence increase for all subjects; see Stafford, Psychedelics Encyclopedia. Activity in the Raphe Nuclei and Locus ceruleus increases dramatically following administration of LSD to produce extremely heightened creativity in many users. This effect on the creative process is a phenomenon that may be due to ascending traffic in the reticular activation system, which can result in stimulus overload.

LSD and Intelligence

One of the least known facts about the LSD research in the 1960s was that the longest single research project with LSD, at Spring Grove Hospital, Maryland, showed an average 10% increase in linear IQ alone as well as the meta-programming vistas and neurogenetic awakenings popularized by the outlaw LSD culture and its gurus.

Perhaps drugs do enhance

Perhaps drugs do enhance creativity, you know why? Because pain generates creativity and drugs generate pain. Either way I think drug addiction is a too high price to pay for creativity, drugs literally take your life...

Incorrect Claims

No, LSD is not addictive. Most entheogens are not addictive. Activity in the Raphe Nuclei and Locus ceruleus increases dramatically following administration of LSD to produce extremely heightened creativity in many users. This effect on the creative process is a phenomenon that may be due to ascending traffic in the reticular activation system, which can result in stimulus overload.