Medicine: Dream Stuff

"I took my pill at eleven," reported Novelist Aldous Huxley in The Doors of Perception. "I [was] in a world where everything shone with the Inner Light . . . The legs, for example, of that chair—how miraculous their tubularity ... I spent several minutes—or was it several centuries?—not merely gazing at those bamboo legs but actually being them . . ." Amateur Mystic Huxley was experimenting with mescaline, a drug which some have thought might become a psychiatrist's tool, like pentothal and Amytal. The purpose of these drugs is to banish a...

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