Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Happy Birthday Uncle Albert!
Albert Hofmann reached the age of 100 today.
What a great advert for his product!
I understand that if you have never had a mystical experience, or if you believed all the propaganda about chromosome damage and jumping off of buildings, you might wonder why I would celebrate his work. Eventually, when research becomes possible again, the value of the discovery might appear in its true light. If you can resist the temptation to jump to conclusions, or muddle him up with Kesey's Merry Pranksters (West Coast) or Leary's Harvard experiments (East Coast), and put him in the company of people like Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts, you might find the subject worthy of discussion. Try his book LSD - My Problem Child
Why not read this recent interview.
The Wikipedia entry should give you enough leads. And if you think I appear a little out-on-a-limb here, I can assure you that a lot of intelligent people still consider this subject worthy of further study. Check out the agenda for the Symposium this weekend.
I found several interesting pieces last year, at Albert's 99th. or check the main MAPS site.