Re: College Students and LSD - An Overlooked Opportunity to Hack the Brain and Improve it?
The Op is entirely riddled with the sort of fallacies and illusions that were put foward by the likes of Huxley and Leary. I astonished to discover that they still have some traction.
I would make a few points in this regard:
1. There is no God. There is no cosmic consciousness that one can break through to by affecting your mind with the use of drugs. This is an entirely idealist (in the philosophical sense).
2. There is no superior or perfect mind that our minds are evolving toward. Taking drugs will not provide any shortcut in this regard. To think so is again just plain idealism. Our brains are the products of hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution. They will no doubt continue to improve (if our species does not become extinct) as we advance and adapt to new circumstances ... but their is nothing that will project brains into some sort of advanced state.
3. Whatever about Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds ( which is a fairly trite pop melody albeit with good orchestration and production) there is no doubt that the greatest literature, music, and art produced by human civilisation has been done in the absence of drugs. Listening to Beethoven's 5th piano concerto while on LSD might be an amazing experience but there is no doubt that he could not have writtten it on LSD. Similarly I doubt that Joyce could have recreated the streets of Dublin while sitting in Italy if he was puffing away on hash every day. There is absolutely no evidence that drug use enhances creativity ... in fact, much evidence to the contrary. Personally, I have never know a writer, musician, or visual artist whose work was improved by drug use. But a good few whose work suffered greatly.
With regard to the chap who "hacked" his brain with amphetamine and this helped him learn a software program let me say that his brain was not enhanced in any way and he would have learned the same program without amphetamine although it may have taken him longer. There is nothing new is this. Students have been taking speed for decades to stay up all night and cram for exams when under pressure. Few of them, however, have been stupid enough to keep on taking speed which can lead to a most horrible addiction.
A time between ashes and roses is coming
When everything shall be extinguished
When everything shall begin