Secret history of psychedelic psychiatry

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12 Responses to “Secret history of psychedelic psychiatry”

  1. PaulR says:

    “heightened self-awareness” from LSD?! Whaaa?

    How about “a qualia of heightened self-awareness”. I mean, reeeaaaaalllyyy…

    While you’re reading the long Wiki entry on “qualia”,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualia
    load up these entries:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuition_pump
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminative_materialism
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_problem_of_consciousness

    Alternately, spend some quality time with Dennett’s “Consciousness Explained”.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness_Explained
    or if Dennett is too much ‘diving into the deep end of the pool’ for you, Douglas Hofstadter’s delightful “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del,_Escher,_Bach
    (or even just read the intro to the 25th anniversary editon).

    Whatever you do, DO NOT load this Wiki page, unless you think Star Wars was a documentary.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylopathism

    • Anonymous says:

      Your addition of the word “qualia” seems completely tangential and the subsequent link- fest comes across as pedantry. The “heightened self awareness” was the author of the original article describing the ideas of past researchers. As you cannot be sure that this writer (Mo, apparently) reads BoingBoing, perhaps your objection to the phrase should be aired where you know it will have an effect. Currently it appears to be an attempt to display the breadth of your knowledge on a subject only tenuously related to the actual article which was historical in nature. This is merely my qualitative analysis which may be affected by the fact that I done blew my head up with too many tabs and shrooms.

  2. JArmstrong says:

    And don’t forget this great post: http://boingboing.net/2006/02/03/old-video-of-british.html

    LSD might be able to end war… pershnaps?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read at least 5 articles about therapy with LSD, mentioning Cary Grant as an example (to me, the best one still being John Whalen’s article from the LA Weekly in 1998 – http://www.laweekly.com/1998-07-09/news/the-trip/). There was a Boing Boing post on Cary Grant and LSD just a few months back. A Google search of “Cary Grant LSD” returns over 30,000 hits. So when can we stop calling this a “secret history”?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s interesting to notice the quantity of posts on Boing Boing about psychedelics and LSD in particular.

    While I have no complaints, especially as of my recent discovery of the effects of LSD, I think it says something about BoingBoing’ers, which makes me like the community here even more.

  5. knoxblox says:

    Wow. Yet another reason to like Cary Grant.

  6. Giant Mustache says:

    There was a terrific article in Maclean’s in the early 80′s about Leary and Alpert’s experimental psilocybin therapy at Concord Prison, Massachusetts. Can’t seem to dig it up, but the upshot was a dramatic decrease in recidivism.

    This was the subject of my 10th grade Health report. I got an A!

  7. Gendun says:

    If by “secret” the author means “widely reported in hundreds of popular books, newspapers, and periodicals,” then I agree it’s a secret history.

  8. onlineinspection says:

    Awesome links here, but re: Cary Grant – I can’t imagine dropping acid while wearing a tie and jacket

  9. noahWG says:

    This was one fantastic post in a a series of 4 focused around the new research into psychedelics with regards to mental health. The other three deal with the way psychedelics act on the brain and what the future may bring as we continue to learn about how these chemicals act. The “blog focus” table of contents is here:http://blogs.nature.com/noah/2010/08/30/blog-focus-hallucinigenic-drugs

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