LSD My Problem Child (4th Edition): Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism and Science Paperback – September 27, 2017
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Aldous wrote about LSD that 'it is a gratuitous grace neither necessary nor sufficient for salvation.' However, it provides the opportunity to discover and make creative use of the infinite possibilities of the human mind. Probably The Doors of Perception might not have been written were it not for Albert's 'Problem Child.' Thank you, Albert. --Laura Huxley, widow of Aldous Huxley and author of This Timeless Moment.
The current revival of the psychedelic aesthetic in art, design, fashion, music and film is testament to the revolutionary power of LSD. Its complex nature and true impact, however, remains unrecognized and this book provides both a personal history as well as rigorous analysis of this enduring phenomenon --Christoph Grunenberg, Director of Tate Liverpool and curator and editor of Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era.
About the Author
- Publisher : Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies; 4th edition (September 27, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0979862221
- ISBN-13 : 978-0979862229
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #415,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While Hofmann decries what the Hippies made of his discovery, he strongly believed in its therapeutic potential, and continued to take it throughout his life, the last time at age 97.
Amusingly, in this book, Hofmann reveals that Timothy Leary, while at Harvard, tried to order 100 grams of LSD from Sandoz Labs, enough for one million trips!
The final chapter of this book is entitled "LSD experience and Reality", and attempts to integrate the inventor's ultimate reflections on his discovery and what it means. Here are the concluding words of this amazing book: "I see the true importance of LSD in the possibility of providing material aid to meditation aimed at the mystical experience of a deeper, comprehensive reality. Such use accords entirely with the essence and working character of LSD as a sacred drug."
Would recommend to anyone interested in his work or psychedelics in general. His work covered a much larger scope than I even knew and super grateful to see how much he actually did it is inspirational to do even more!
This book explains how Dr. Hofmann came across LSD; and the background of what scientists at Sandoz labs were trying to accomplish at that time.
Dr. Hofmann experimented with not only with LSD in controlled laboratory settings, but numerous other psychedelics. This books gives the reader some cold, hard information about LSD (and other psychedelics) that is not filtered through prohibitionists' hands.
Dr. Hofmann also writes about the more spiritual aspects of psychedelics that people may find extremely interesting - especially in this spiritually-starved, materialistic world. He also writes how certain cultures treat various psychedelics as a sacred substance.
This book has a lot of excellent information about LSD and numerous other psychedelics that will interest people who are tired of prohibitionist propaganda; and desire cold, hard facts. There is probably no better source about LSD than the man who created it.
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I liked the book so much that I keep pushing my friends to read it, despite the signals I may be sending!