thought to come as no surprise that cultures who consider human consciousness the consequence of “wetware” would encourage mercenary use of psychoactive substances as a means to trigger more creative thought. If brains are just computers, then they can be hacked – and if the goal is to design and build an “internet of things,” connecting every object to each other in a “global brain,” then it seems obvious the companies in question would encourage chemicals that loosen boundaries within the brain and “wire” new neural networks. “As within, so without,” you know – a state of metanoia starting in the tripping brain and spreading like a crystal through the saturated fluid of the nöosphere.
In other words, when CNN releases unequivocally positive short features asking, “Can LSD Make You A Billionaire?”, it’s evidence that Mountain View and Cupertino now control America’s imagination, and the Valley’s open psychedelic culture is just moments from its second sweep across the mainstream. Less and less each day is it taboo to mention that the smartphone and the DNA polymerase reaction – two of our most liberating tools – were both inspired by LSD, a scheduled substance. The more that we encourage innovation, we allow respected geniuses to come out of the closet about how their major breakthroughs happened with the help of still-illegal chemicals the DEA insists are bad for us. Can we as a society continue to endure the dissonance between our culture’s debt to psychedelics and our government’s delusional and self-destructive War on Drugs?
It may still be a while before the law adjusts to meet our scientific understanding and the proven benefit that LSD and other mind-expanding substances provide to our collective problem-solving. But in the meantime, it seems somewhat hopeful just to note the major media’s reporting favorably (not a single snide remark by CNN!) about the not-so-secret cultural embrace of psychedelics by the geeks whose fortunes we are taught to envy. Even if the instrumental use of sacraments as “smart drugs” seems to miss the real potential of these chemicals as aids to deeper understanding, simply having open conversation on their value is “one giant leap for humankind…”
Published on Jan 25, 2015If one part of success in Silicon Valley is dependent on your ability to stay up all night and code, the other part depends on your ability to think outside the box. Some in the Valley are trying to force creativity by taking LSD.
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