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Sh'it out of the Singularity,
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This review is from: Storming Heaven; LSD and the American Dream (Kindle Edition)
In a nutshell, this subject is unerving in its implications and I am not suprised that the constipated authorities want to repress this informatio. Forget what the quantum physicists are telling you bacause the other world was discovered a few generations ago.
Its a sad indictment of our world that there are only two books written about this amazing period. Plop on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings! Acid Dreams and Storming Heaven are the real deal. Both are quality books, but Storming Heaven is twice as thick as Acid Dreams and, I found anyway, gives a more mystical treatment of LSD. Acid Dreams is very political, but both books cover similar territory and so they can be read side by side. Prepare to have your jaw dropped by reading Acid Dreams, I know mine did!
The information in here is eye popping, the book is thick but very readable and so there is plenty of back story on the interesting characters of the period, like Gerald Heard, who was an even greater polymath than the renowned polymath Aldous Huxley, or the young Terence McKenna, just back from the Amazon with weird stories to tell. There is a very interesting conclusion that Acid Dreams makes that is different from the later Terence McKenna version of the psychedelic experience. McKenna argued that psychedelics shrink the ego and so would create nicer people (I explain it crudely but that are the gist). This book shows that LSD mostly created ego monsters, because the more acid you took, the more egi-driven you became. This is why the counter culture figures of the 1960's went a bit bonkers towards the end. The CIA knew this and so they flooded the youth movement with pure LSD and, by doing this clever trick, they destroyed the New-Left. LSD apparently helped boost the narcissistic powers of the counterculture leaders and that's why Timothy Leary went a bit daft. I happen to agree with that bit and it is also the opposite of Terence McKenna's version of creating a ego-less utopia with mushrooms.
My only criticism is that the book, well if can call it a criticism, is that it is centered on America. What about Germany or the UK, for example? Albert Hoffman had a secret gang of poets and philosophers doing LSD. Ernst Junger was one of the members. But there is no mention of this in here. Anyway, this is the definite history of God's gift to us apes!
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 20:19:58 GMT
This is a good book. I like the man with the spoon and the jar :)
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 15:30:08 GMT
Halifax Student Account says:
That bit was amazing, agreed lol
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