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LSD - The Problem Solving Psychedelic

LSD - The Problem Solving Psychedelic

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Published by: Rafael Martin Alejandro on May 12, 2012
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 LSD — The Problem-SolvingPsychedelic
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ContentsPreface by Dr. Humphrey Osmond 
Introduction by Dr. Duncan B. Blewett 
I THE LSD CRISIS II WHAT THE DRUG DOES General Effects of LSDIII CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING Technical Problems"Dynamiting" Creative "Log Jams"
IV EVERYDAY PROBLEMS Marital ProblemsFrigidity, Impotence, Homosexuality and PerversionAlcoholism and Other AddictionsHealthBirth and DeathV EDUCATION AND THE PSYCHEDELICS SkillsVI RELIGION, MYSTICISM AND ESP Psi PhenomenaOther DimensionsVII LSD AND MENTAL HEALTH VIII GUIDELINES TO THE USE OF LSD Set and SettingThe GuideThe CandidateDangers and PrecautionsDosageTight SpotsIX DRUGS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Other DrugsGrowth of the Black MarketThe Psychedelic StyleA Capsule FutureAfterword by Dr. Stanley Krippner
Other Literature in the Field 
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 Preface by Dr. Humphrey Osmond
THIS IS A GOOD and interesting account of some positive uses of psychedelics written mainlyfor the non-technical reader. In some details it can be faulted, but it is a stimulating work, full of information, much of it gleaned patiently from the journals and some obtained directly by thewriters in the course of their enquiries. However, this does not, I think, constitute its mainimportance, and its significance would be completely misunderstood if it is seen only in thislight. It will certainly be read widely by the psychedelic generation and their successors; but inmy opinion, it should receive the closest attention from those who consider themselves older,wiser, and more in touch with sober reality than these adventurous people. I hope that mycontemporaries and colleagues will read this book and give it their careful consideration, becauseif we do not grasp clearly what its authors are saying, we can easily make some serious errors of  judgment.Unless I have completely misunderstood the message, this book must be looked upon as amanifesto from one generation to another—from the young to their elders. As I see it, theyounger generation is telling us that it proposes to use psychedelics because it considers themappropriate instruments for living in the hurricane's eye of accelerating change. These youngpeople consider that it is neither possible nor desirable to prevent them from employing thesesubstances in this way, and in fact they are challenging lawmakers, law givers and law enforcersto stop them.If I am correct in this assumption, there is already a serious source of disagreement betweenpeople of different ages. It may well be that the authors have over estimated the extent to whichinterest in these remarkable substances exists today, and to which it will be maintained in thefuture. Some of my colleagues hope and indeed believe that this is just a fad which will soon dieout. This is possible, but I would not bet on it.Supposing they are correct, what then? If psychedelics are indeed agents both for adapting toand producing social change, then clearly we may expect to see their effects in the fairly nearfuture, if we are not seeing them already. Those who dominate the administrative structure, manyof whom seem to be very ignorant about psychedelics and inclined to even doubt their existence,have only two courses of action open to them-they can either suppress psychedelics and punishthose who make, distribute and use them, or they can seek ways of incorporating theseinnovations in the main stream of our society. Since there is reason to suppose that thepsychedelic experience can be produced without drugs and while some of these non-drugmethods are safe, others are more dangerous to health than chemicals, it is by no means certainthat suppressing the chemicals, even if possible, would solve the psycho-social problem.This book gives us many accounts of experiences which will undoubtedly liven and enrich,but also at times, endanger us. One is forced to ask oneself, supposing it were possible tosuppress both the chemicals and the experience, would we still be wise to attempt this? Theauthors and many of their readers will not, I think, allow us to avoid this issue with learnedplatitudes.The elderly of whatever chronological age have always resisted and feared innovation, andwhen they have been unable to prevent it, have usually urged that innovators should desist until

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