Groundbreaking Geniuses And The Drugs They Say Inspired Them

drugsThis is your brain on drugs, via Alternet:

Sigmund Freud — Cocaine. To Freud, cocaine was more than a personal indulgence; it was a veritable wonder drug, and for many years he was a huge proponent of its use in a wide array of applications. Freud’s paper titled “Uber Coca” in 1884 was one of the first to propose drug substitution as a therapeutic treatment for addiction.

Francis Crick — LSD. Evidently, Crick – of the DNA-structure discovering Watson, Crick, and Franklin – at one point told a close friend that Cambridge University’s researchers often used LSD in small amounts as “a thinking tool” and he had actually “perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD.”

Thomas Edison — Cocaine Elixers. Thomas Edison was one of many people of the period known to regularly consume the cocaine-laced elixir “Vin Mariani,” a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves.

Steve Jobs — LSD. Jobs believed that experimenting with LSD in the 1960s was ” one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life.”

John C. Lilly — LSD, Ketamine. Neurocientist John C. Lilly was a pioneer in the field of electronic brain stimulation. He was the first person to map pain and pleasure pathways in the brain; founded an entire branch of science exploring interspecies communication between humans, dolphins, and whales; invented the world’s first sensory deprivation changer; and conducted extensive personal experimentation with mind-altering drugs like LSD and ketamine.

Carl Sagan — Marijuana. Preeminent astrophysicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan not only smoked marijuana regularly, he was also a strong advocate for its use in enhancing intellectual pursuits. Sagan contributed an essay, penned under the assumed name “Mr. X.”, to the 1971 book titled Marijuana Reconsidered that spoke to the virtues of marijuana use.

11 Comments on "Groundbreaking Geniuses And The Drugs They Say Inspired Them"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Aug 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

    humans have been using mind altering substances
    since before they were human

    Obummer smoked a lot of pot as a kid
    doesn’t seemed to have helped him much
    unless becoming a drone prez is a benefit

  2. America creeps to the edge of the abyss, peaks over and sees the real world? No American Dream? No McMansions? No ever-downward valued U.S. Petro Dollar? No SUV’s, Not a Hummer in sight? No model changes for the sake of churning money? No lifetime secure jobs? No “pipe up &Allah’s ass” spewing eternal sweet crude? Saudis in fact, building nuclear power as fast as they can? Safer, cleaner, Thorium reactors in China? Safer, cleaner, pebble bed gas reactors running there now, too? CANDU’s chewing up old warheads Thorium for fuel in China at the moment? Bill Gates’ crews designing newer, better, neutron guns for new Thorium reactors in China, for the Pan Eurasian Alliances, for stationary or mobile uses in ships, planes? Electric cars faster, cleaner, and cheaper to fuel than the gasohol V-8’s of their Twentieth Century Glory days? Chinese Electric Bullet Trains operating 24/7 for decades now, at 320 kilometres per hour? No Asian Superman, Batman, GI Joe, movie fantasies? No social Black or White demarcation lines? No Christians in sight? No vast and offensive military buildups? No manipulating Feds, rather: Chinese with bars of gold and silver for security? No legal drugs, only the truth in clear minds allowed? No GMO experiments allowed on their general populations? No cities bankrupted as California has experienced in three dominoes then Detroit City, to be followed by possibly Chicago? Rather: huge modern cities empty now and ready for the factory workers from all over Asia, as Capital from around the world, and especially the U.S.A. and Asian technical advances, even purloined U.S. advances, invite Thorium LFTR powered manufacturing jobs here?

    • funny how your vision of the ‘real world’ doesn’t include those annoying horrors of contemporary china- political prisoners harvested for organs; pseudo-communist factory owners gleefully paying peasants pennies for eighteen-hour work days, six days a week, housing them in mass dormitories slightly better than concentration camps; lead-poisoned milk, baby formula and children’s toys; a politburo with little interest in reducing pollution- not if it means they can have a few more thousand dollar watches at the end of the year; poorly-built schools collapsing on children because the profit margins are just too slim when the foundations are strong; a people with no knowledge of Tiananmen square and what their government is willing to do to stay in power because the Internet is filtered and firewalled; a nation ready to go to war with Japan over a few ugly islands because they may have gas reserves; no batman ‘movie fantasies’, only government approved films and endless kung-fu fantasies.
      you truly are ignorant if you think the United States is unique in its corruption.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm |

      Breathe. Edit. Insert some paragraphs, cause I think you might be going somewhere with this.

  3. evan black | Aug 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    Where did these people hide their head stashes?
    I demand to know!!
    Errr, no…the scientific community demands to know! For science!

  4. George W. Bush – Banana peels and glue

  5. Chugs Rodiguez | Aug 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm |

    I find that large doses of LSD overwhelm me. I really like low doses (1/10 of a tab – 100ug) of LSD. Not only does it ward off fatigue but its a great nasal decongestant. It makes the day all the more beautiful and brighter, thoughts flow but not in the machine gun way that a full tab or more of acid can give you.

    The other plus that it doesn’t incapacitate you and allows you to have a fairly normal conversation with people.

    The best part is that at the end of the day comes, the acid wears off (again unlike a full tab) and you can sleep without needing to pop a valium or such.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 27, 2013 at 12:43 am |

      how potent is today’s product? i remember 100 mics as being the ball park dose for one tab

  6. InfvoCuernos | Aug 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm |

    My personal take on various substances and their affects on people is that sometimes how a person expects that drug to alter them has a great deal to do with their experience. Think of that teenager sneaking that first beer and getting waaay drunker than one beer would get even someone with no tolerance to alcohol, and way faster too. I think that is one of the reasons you have people acting really strange when new drugs with little or no reputation hit the street- looking at you Bath Salts. Of course, then there is how they really do mess with you added to the mix of your expectations that really brings the surprises. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

  7. Thad McKraken | Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 am |

    Not covered: artists of any variety.

  8. I can’t remember the number of times I knew the meaning of life, but then forgot it by the morning.. haha

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