A Look At Lsd And The Counter Essay

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A Look At Lsd And The Counter


A Look at LSD and The Counter Culture Movement

Our brain is an underutilized biocomputer, containing billions of unaccessed neurons. The
normal consciousness that we deal with everyday is only one drop in an ocean of
intelligence. For thousands of years, man experimented with the fruits of nature with the
hope of finding the key to our unconscience. These fruits were revered by man as gifts
from the Gods, that allowed us to find a new spiritual and philosophic connection with
God. But in the last 40 years there has been huge opposition to these mind-expanding
tools. The once highly regarded gift from God was viewed as a menace that would be the
cause of the ending of social conformity in North America during the 1960's. Honourable
judges, parents and fellow competitors. The individual right of access to his or her own
brain has become a significant political, economic, and cultural issue in our society.
During the 1960's a man by the name of Timothy Leary would cause a cultural revolution
that questioned the perception our society had on hallucinogen drugs. He believed that if
people were educated in the use of these drugs that these drugs would be the next step for
the evolution of the human mind.



Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and psilocylin have been embedded in the roots of human
evolution. Many of the early Eastern and South American cultures devoted these drugs as
tools able to help clear the disorder of the mind and help in achieving a higher level of
conscience thinking. Little was known of the effects to these primitive spiritual tools
too much of the modern Western world, until Leary and his colleagues entered the scene in
the 1960's.



Timothy Leary was a young, prestigious Harvard professor of psychology during the 1960's.
He was very interested in how the mind worked and in the ways that it might be possible to
change human behaviour. Little knowledge was known in this field, so Leary and his
colleagues decided to do the research that would seem to benefit the whole of humanity.
But there was a door blocking their way from learning the secrets within the mind. It
would not be until the summer of 1960 that Leary and his colleagues would find the key to
unlock this door.



That summer Leary and a 5 of his friends (other Harvard Psych professors) decided to goto
Mexico for a trip. There they met Gerhart Braun a anthropologist-historian of the
University of Mexico. After a dinner and discussion of philosophy, Braun told them that
within the hot, tropical jungles of Mexico grows a power hallucinogen known to the Ancient
Aztecs as Teonanacatl, or "flesh of the gods." These magic mushrooms of Mexico had a long
history surrounded by religious and ceremonial use. The Catholic Church feared this drug
would encourage devilish worship in turn would tarnish the Catholic belief, and banned
these "devil" drugs, so effectively that botanists denied of there very existence until
they were re-discovered in the 50's. It turned out that Braun had collected of some these
mushrooms earlier that day and offered to try them with the Harvard faculty. So Leary
decided to try the so-called hallucinogen. Two out the five abstained and would record the
others experience on paper.


Leary wrote of what would be come his spiritual experience with psilocyin: "I began to
feel strange. Like going under dental gas. Mildy nauseous. Detached. Moving away, away
from the group on a terrace under the bright Mexican sky. Everything was quivering with
life, even inanimate objects. I gave way to the delight, as mystics have for centuries
when they peeked through the curtains and discovered that this world -- so manifestly real
-- was actually a tiny stage set constructed by the mind. There was a sea of possibilities
out there (in there?), other realties, an infinite array of programs for other futures
...."



After the 4 hour trip ended Leary and his fellow colleagues came back changed. They came
back realising about higher levels of perception where one sees realities a hundred times
more beautiful and meaningful than the reassuring familiar scripts of normal life. Leary
believed that these psychedelic drugs exposed them to different levels of understanding
and experience, use of them should be a for philosophic motivation, compelling us to
confront the realities and belief systems of our society. The 4 hours spent swimming in a
pool of induced hallucination, Leary learned more about the mind and brain than 11 years
as a psychologist.



Leary returned back to Harvard and decided to do research on these sacred drugs. He felt
that the spiritual experiences that he was given would be able benefit to the dying
spiritual ways of America. After successful months with experimenting with LSD and
psilocylin therapies, Leary needed to find how and this wonder drug would be able to
influence people lives for the better. He and his colleagues conducted two main
experiments the "prisoners to prophets" and "The Good Friday Experiment.". The drug was
administered several times in series of experiments to see if there were any change in the
behaviour of the prisoners. They noticed that the prisoners began to appreciate life that
even transcend the damp cold walls of there prison. The experiments didn't stop with
prisoners, Leary began administering the test for what would be called "The Good Friday
Experiment" in which 25 religious who were given a mild dose of LSD. The effects were
astonishing, many felt during that day the "God was around them." The administration of
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