Sophistaced Saturday: Bukowski And Huxley

If it has not yet been apparent, I love posting quotes from various people — authors, writers, comedians, musicians. I love quotes because I am an overwhelming fan of language and how people communicate and how different people acknowledge different means to reach the same end goal. It’s comforting to know there are others out […]

Don’t Call It A Comeback: The Hallucinogenic Trip That Never Ended

An article in The New Yorker discusses hallucinogens and how different cultures and different people react to hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms, peyote, mescaline, etc.). “Psychedelic lore is littered with cautionary tales. But it remains to be seen whether reports of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder—quite literally, the persistence of hallucinogen-induced perceptions—should count among them. Hallucinogens are enjoying something […]

The Doors of Perception Are Now Open

“Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be.” — Aldous Huxley   Huxley’s short but quite influential book, The Doors of Perception, explores how taking mescalin changed his life and his vision of how such drugs can alter human behavior in a very positive manner. Besides attacking alcohol drinkers, cigarette […]

Technology’s Impact on the Destruction of Social Constructs

Aldous Huxley once said, “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” This can be quite relative to our present time. ‘Social media’ is not really social, but anti-social. I think forums, such as this one, are more productive than a Facebook page or a Twitter profile. But technology involves […]