Tube: I'm not coating your walls with tar and filling your lungs with 3-4 Benzopyrine from my cigarette, I'm clearing your ceremonial space of negative energies.
languagehat: We should make that an automatic Jaded MeFite template:
Mitrovarr: Aren't these pretty much the same exact claims that were made about LSD, peyote, psilocybin, and ecstasy when they were introduced? OMG, they'll connect you with divinity! Make you one with the universe! Change your life!
Mitrovarr: but after all of these previous claims of higher enlightenment or grand cosmic knowledge that failed to produce any kind of actual proven discovery or external signs of enlightenment in the users, I'm more than a little skeptical.
To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large— this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.
According to one study conducted in 1962, 65 per cent of the alcoholics in the experiment stopped drinking for at least a year-and-a-half (the duration of the study) after taking one dose of LSD. The controlled trial also concluded that less than 25 per cent of alcoholics quit drinking for the same period after receiving group therapy, and less than 12 per cent quit in response to traditional psychotherapy techniques commonly used at that time.
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