Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0016, February 6, 2015


      R.R. writes: I think 4 is a bit understated; count me in as an interested reader/observer.

      Done and thanks! I have updated readership estimates and I am pleased to report a 50% increase. - the Ed


Waking up into a Vivid Dream

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

      I see by this article in New Yorker (which I haven't had a chance to read yet) that psilocybin is being investigated as a means of altering minds (in a good way). Evidently depressions, psychoses and irrational behaviors can be zapped by a psychedelic session or two. Not only that, but creativity and original thinking may be given a major boost. This is not news, but, for reasons purely political, no formal studies of this phenomenon have been carried out for several decades until now.

      Psilocybin (derived from a species of mushroom), mescaline (derived from the peyote cactus) and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, a synthetic chemical similar to ergotamine found in wheat rust, a fungal disease) are all potent "halucinogenics", mind altering drugs that induce temporary insanity. It's a powerful experience - literally going out of one's mind - and there is the danger that some mentally unstable individuals may be pushed into a permanent psychosis.

      My own experience with mescaline and LSD (back in the sixties, under the tutelage of Tim Leary) was totally positive. That much I remember. What I don't remember is what it was like to be in that state. I remember that it was fundamentally different, but I can't remember how. The difference eludes me. In my normal state of mind I cannot imagine that other state. The best I can do is that it was like waking up into a vivid dream that was anchored in but transcended reality.

      "Well that accounts for a lot," Prickles observes. No it doesn't. I have always been a bit off. That's the glory of being human - we're all a little nuts in many different ways. That's what makes us interesting. "Maybe." she says, "In a clinical way."

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

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