The LSD Revelations Of The Advanced Study Foundation

Could LSD push the brains of our brightest scientists and thinkers to a higher level? The Morning News on the government funded institute which, right before it was shut down, demonstrated just this:

It was the summer of ’66. At the International Foundation for Advanced Study, an inconspicuously named facility dedicated to psychedelic drug research, an architect and three senior scientists donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in.

The couched volunteers had each brought along three highly technical problems from their respective fields that they’d been unable to solve for months. In two hours, when the LSD became fully active, they were going to remove the eyeshades and earphones, and attempt to find some solutions…Over the course of the preceding year, IFAS researchers had dosed a total of 22 other men for the creativity study.

Here’s the clincher. The LSD absolutely…helped them solve their complex, seemingly intractable problems. And the establishment agreed. The 26 men unleashed a slew of widely embraced innovations shortly after their LSD experiences, including a mathematical theorem for NOR gate circuits, a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device, a new design for the vibratory microtome, a technical improvement of the magnetic tape recorder, blueprints for a private residency and an arts-and-crafts shopping plaza, and a space probe experiment designed to measure solar properties.

Read the rest at the Morning News

29 Comments on "The LSD Revelations Of The Advanced Study Foundation"

  1. Nunzio X | Aug 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    “Could LSD push the brains of our brightest scientists and thinkers to a higher level?”


    Also, your brain and my brain.

  2. So… why is it still illegal? Haven’t the benefits been demonstrated again and again and again?

    • Calypso_1 | Aug 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

      Because society as we know it, and as the powers that be would have it, would by evolutionary necessity cease to be.    

    • TruthVybes | Aug 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm |

       What will big pharma do then? Who’s zombified state will they take advantage of to make the rich richer? Yet it goes even deeper than the money and into spiritual/religious/political matters which are threatened by mind expansion.

      • But would society necessarily crumble? The drug does grant any sort of free awakening experience, even with the drugs it takes work, dedication, and the desire to achieve it in the first place. I’ve known hundreds I suppose at this point who’ve taken this drug a fair few times and get practically nothing except a kind of silly bit of fun. 

        And even then, this is talking about public access. What I’m really wondering about is why it’s not been approved in any sort of regulated medical sense. I think even psilocybin has been successfully used for particular treatments or alleviation of symptoms.

        Sorry if most of you have had this conversation over and over, I just think with each time an experiment that successfully demonstrates beneficial qualities is shut down or ignored the debate is renewed.

        • TruthVybes | Aug 17, 2012 at 1:18 am |

           I think it comes down to cultural ignorance on the subject as well as beliefs. I view such herbs as ‘allies’ like in Carlos Castaneda’s books. What the user gains from the experience would have to do with their understanding of it. If we educated people on /how/ to use psychedelic drugs for mind expansion then I think it may work out. Of course, drugs are never the answer to problems, though they can offer assistance to those who wish to help themselves. Problem is, we as a society rarely know anything about the true nature of our minds mostly due to gov. suppression.

          Thanks for your comments

    • Infvocuernos | Aug 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |

      Since when does doing what’s best for the country and the world dictate the actions of the DEA?  

      • Well, if it’s not, we could always start making lives difficult by asking lots of awkward questions. That usually pisses off monkeys with something to hide.

  3. Now THIS is an interesting study.  Wonder why I’d never heard of it before.  I’ve always thought psychedelics allowed free form creative thinking and access to ‘components’ of the brain/body/emotional complex that were hard to define but this study confirms that at the very least, the increase in neurological activity allows for advanced thinking and problem solving.  Pretty fascinating. 

    We should slip some to the Texas GOP.  Maybe they’d stop opposing higher order thinking skills in education. 

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 3, 2012 at 1:39 am |

      For sure. Quantum phycisists, philosophers, psychologists, mathematicians, programmers etc etc have all had a colorful and important relationship with lsd, especially helping with problem solving and critical thinking.

  4. TruthVybes | Aug 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm |

    Only reason psychedelic drugs are illegal is because of their mind transcending powers which are linked to the parts of our brains that are dormant (right brained activity). DMT for instance is a chemical that is readily active in the brain which activates during REM sleep. LSD correlates with another portion of the mind…. remember these are the parts of the mind that constitute the 95% humans have been conditioned to use. I’m sorry but this article is ignorant on the nature of psychedelics.

    • TruthVybes | Aug 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm |

       Conditioned /not/ to use *

    • Otherworldly1 | Aug 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

       “DMT for instance is a chemical that is readily active in the brain which activates during REM sleep.”

      That is pure conjecture. Name one scientific study that has proven this. Many people have speculated on the nature of DMT in the body, but there is not a single scientific consensus on it’s function. People who run around saying stuff like this and similar things like it’s made in the pineal gland are taking Rick Strassman’s hypothesis and pretending it is fact, which it is not. It’s definitely produced during normal metabolism, but if it is produced in quantities during different times of the day or your life (birth, death) has yet to be proven.

  5. 6Blackie6 | Aug 3, 2012 at 7:31 am |

    Reminds me of Dock Ellis 1970 LSD no-hitter with the Pittsburgh Pirates

  6. Fantastic article.  Time to renew our connection with the many grail technologies within and without.

Comments are closed.