What psychedelic drugs illustrate about religion, death and consciousness

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The last sixty years have witnessed what may well be the greatest unplanned mass experiment in the history of neuroscience. Thousands of people have deliberately experimented on themselves by taking chemicals that altered their experience of reality — chemicals like … Continue reading

Science on crack, 4: The town that went insane

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In August of 1951, a strange epidemic struck the sleepy little town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France. Over the course of a single day, hundreds of people lost their minds. A little boy tried to strangle his grandmother. A man realized … Continue reading

Science on crack, 3: When heroin was a drug you gave your children

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Guns ‘n Roses were infamous for their offstage antics, antics which inspired some of their most famous songs. “Mr. Brownstone” is a song about heroin, a drug with which GnR was very familiar, and the lyrics nicely illustrate why the drug … Continue reading

Science on crack, 2: Walter White & cooking crystal meth

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How many TV shows can you name that star a chemist as hero and feature references to reductive amination? I can think of only one. Breaking Bad is by far and away my favorite show on TV. It’s got a truly … Continue reading