Posts tagged "LSD"

Getting There Too Quickly:
Aldous Huxley and Mescaline

By Peter Bebergal Between his 1932 vision of a sterile dystopia in Brave New World and the 1962 novel Island about a spiritual utopia, the author Aldous Huxley experienced two things; the Hindu religious philosophy known as Vedanta and psychedelic drugs. In Brave New World, people are addicted to Soma, a hallucinogenic that artificially simulates a...

I’ll Never Grow So Old Again:
Ditching the Drugs But Still Looking for the Transcendence

An exclusive excerpt from Peter Bebergal's Too Much To Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, published last week.  Bebergal will be reading from Too Much at the NYU Bookstore on Wednesday, October 12th, at 5 pm.  Come on by; he'll sign a copy for you.  For more details, click here. By Peter Bebergal In 1882 the...

Pathologizing the Sexual Revolution

Part of The Revealer’s series on the John Jay report,The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.” by Peter Bebergal The Sixties counterculture beleaguered most traditional religious communities. Not only was there an increase in behavior deemed inappropriate (drug use, promiscuous sex, and the generalized spread...

Acid Devils

11 January 2006 While 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims making hajj stone the devil (under heavy police supervision to prevent stampedes), NPR raises him right back up with an examination of “Backmasking” in acid rock songs and other music, as part of a special look at the spirituality of psychedelic drugs on the 100th birthday of LSD discoverer, Albert Hoffman....