Sunday, February 07, 2016

Are Mind-Altering Drugs the Secret to Success?

Cary Grant LSD
Don't do drugs! They'll lead you down the path to perdition! That's the message beaten into our heads from our earliest years. But not everybody listens, of course. Some who didn't listen have gone on to do great things, even after using the most mind-warping drugs of all: psychedelics.

Magic mushrooms, peyote and ayahuasca all have their aficionados, but LSD is the biggie. Since Timothy Leary turned on a generation in the 1960s, acid has been the Cadillac of psychedelics, and millions of people have used the mighty molecule to blow out the carburetors of their minds. They report not only weird hallucinations, but profound spiritual awakenings and psychic epiphanies.

Among those millions of psychedelic users are some of the most creative minds of our time, who partly credit their use of mind-melters for their successes. Whether it's science, the arts or industry, the voyage through inner space has proven useful -- or at least these seven people at the pinnacle of their fields thought so.

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