Aldous Huxley‘s Last Words
Now there may be a legal way for some people to die while taking psychedelics under the Aegis of a John’s Hopkins University Study.
It all sounds rather creepy actually
“Volunteers enrolled in the study will receive careful preparation and 2 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the session and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. The study complies with FDA regulations.”
here’s the actual pitch
In recent years, scientists at some U.S. universities have been conducting studies using entheogens, resuming research in pharmacology, psychology, creativity, and spirituality that was suspended following the drug excesses of the 1960s.
Entheogens include the peyote cactus used by the Native American Church, the psilocybin-containing mushrooms used as sacraments in Mesoamerica, and certain other plants and chemicals. Such substances have been used for thousands of years in cultures from the Amazon to ancient Greece as a means of inducing non-ordinary states of consciousness for psychological self-exploration and spiritual or religious purposes.
These states of consciousness are most widely known in connection with practices such as meditation and prolonged fasting. Context seems to play a major role in shaping entheogen experiences and their consequences. Despite the well-known problems that can arise in unstructured settings, the risks of entheogens in research and ritual contexts have proven to be very small.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are seeking volunteers with a current or past diagnosis of cancer who have some anxiety or are feeling down about their cancer to participate in a scientific study of self-exploration and personal meaning brought about by the entheogen psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures, given in a comfortable, supportive setting. Questionnaires and interviews will be used to assess the effects of the substance on consciousness, mood, and behavior.
Volunteers enrolled in the study will receive careful preparation and 2 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the session and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. The study complies with FDA regulations.
Volunteer must be between the ages of 21 and 70, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse, have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the two psilocybin sessions (around 5:00 PM).
If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410–550–5990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Mary, the study’s research coordinator. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.
Principal Investigator: Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D., Protocol: NA_00001390
actually thinks new thoughts
it seems to me
mostly I’m thinking the
same thing over and over again
I’m laughing at the same jokes
today i was
in a twelve step meeting
and when I had a chance to speak
“Now that I have Money (Meaning I paid my rent on time)
all I do is go out and buy these extremely hard to read
philosophical books. I got a stack of em two feet high.
I never read any of them.
I kinda feel good that some of the books I’m buying
are actually supporting the thought that went into them-at
least in the marketplace.”
But the luxury of being in a mental hospital
or detox or unemployed and not drunk
and having some time to read is really
something I need to get back to.
or perhaps not
perhaps reading is just like playing
a board game
like passing the time
I don’t think “passing the time”
is something I want to do.
it’s funny that that sisyphus fellow
was condemned to a pointless
and absurd task
and yet that is basically
all that is available to do in America.
I could grow some food
so that someone can sit and play cribbage
in a house i could build.
Then we could build some really large
imposing steel fortresses on wheels
and drive them to some job where we essentially
do nothing for nobody
There are whole cities and countries
filled with people who have no purpose
It’s a shame those people died in the world trade center
but it didn’t make a dent in world trade
or anything else for that matter
All the so called riches in America aren’t
used in the service of anything worthwhile
all we get is these zombies driving around
collecting things to impress other zombies
I mean America as it stands
stands for nothing
it has no purpose
why the fascist fundamentalist movement
is so popular
I think it takes a bit of an education
to even begin to think a thought that
isn’t reactionary or programmed
but then no one in America
gets an education
it’s all indoctrination
I think everyone in America
should take 5000 hits of acid
every week until we get this thing