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("Psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn's book, THE ARTISTRY OF THE MENTALLY ILL, [1922] stirred up Europe's avant-garde, not least because many paintings in his collection resembled the most advanced Cubist and Surrealist works."


"Where schizophrenia was involved...ornate designs...(and)...repetitive geometric shapes...filled every inch of the canvases."


"...apparent paranoia, and confusion of animate and inanimate common among schizophrenics as well as users of hallucinogens."


"When Hitler's Nazis came to power, they used the similarity between psychotic and modernist art to justify their persecution of avant-garde artists, depicting 'degenerate products of diseased minds.'"


---From a review [in WILSON QUARTERLY, Summer 1986] of an article "The Artistry of Psychotics," in AMERICAN SCIENTIST, January 1986)




(HT: I've read that your first LSD trip in 1963 changed your whole worldview. You realized that even inanimate objects seem to possess individuality, consciousness. And that, in turn, is why, in your fiction, you've playfully made characters out of, for instance, a spoon, a dirty sock, and a can of pork and beans in Skinny Legs and All. Can you explain a little more about the revelatory trip you took that day?


TR: I don't want to give the impression that I hold daily conversations with my household appliances, although my toaster is as old as Drew Barrymore and almost as talented. However, guided by the acid genie, my consciousness did, back in '63, enter -- literally enter -- into a daisy, and that little adventure permanently altered my reality orientations, particularly when it comes to the usual lines of distinction between animate and inanimate. The crown of the daisy is a perfect logarithmic helix. My eyes followed that spiral, around and around, until -- pop! -- I actually went into the flower. What was it like in there? It was a subterranean cathedral made out of mathematics and honey, and occupied -- this is the amazing part -- by an almost palpable intelligence.


You can't talk about something like that without sounding like a lunatic, but let me confess that when I learned that every daisy in every field possesses an identity just as strong as my own, it radically changed my life. Now, a man-made bean can is hardly a living plant, but what I've come to appreciate about inanimate objects, aside from their utilitarian beauty, is the whisper of the Infinite in each and every one of them. I'd better shut up now before the woo-woo alarms go off.


---From an interview with author Tom Robbins ["Even Cowgirls Get the Blues", "Still Life with Woodpecker", "Jitterbug Perfume", etc., etc.] Published in HIGHTIMES magazine in early 2000)


Cambridge-educated Peter Russell has a degree in theoretical physics and is the author of ten books, including "The Brain Book" and "The Global Brain". Recently he wrote "...there is a trace of molecules..."


(The above quote is from an article "What the Atom Felt" by Anneli Rufus, in the East Bay Express newspaper published in Oakland, California on 11.25. 2009)


Several prominent "underground" chemists, most notably the famous LSD chemist Owsley, stated that the LSD molecule seems to be like a virus, because quite a few of the people who ingest it and have profound experiences on it become very interested in making LSD.


(If an LSD molecule is "sentient", and if, like a virus, an LSD molecule has the ability to reproduce itself, a person might reasonably conclude that it may be possible that LSD is, in some way, "alive"???)


(Andy Roberts: "Some people have claimed that during a psychedelic experience they have had contact with/been contacted by what might be termed intelligence or entities."


Casey Hardison: "I tend to think that the molecules themselves are entities."


---from the 2016 book ACID DROPS--Adventures in Psychedelia by Andy Roberts. Casey Hardison is an expert psychedelic chemist who made excellent LSD.)

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Taken on January 28, 2005