Posts tagged "psychedelics"

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...

Tripping on Science: The Psychedelic Community Contests Terms

by Peter Bebergal Despite their common, and mostly fringe area of concern, the psychedelic subculture -- whose kaleidoscopic reflection includes Johns Hopkins scientists, transpersonal psychologists, dozens of independent (non-affiliated) researchers, writers, visionary artists, and the users themselves -- is often at odds with itself. Above board researchers take pride in their work, adhering to the strict...