LSD Helps Programming & Problem Solving

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Kevin Herbert, formerly of Cisco Systems, credits LSD usage for thinking outside of the programming box and making successful career decisions. Hmm, maybe I should trip next time I have to build my next SEO marketing plan:

From Wired :

"It must be changing something about the internal communication in my brain. Whatever my inner process is that lets me solve problems, it works differently, or maybe different parts of my brain are used, " said Herbert, 42, an early employee of Cisco Systems who says he solved his toughest technical problems while tripping to drum solos by the Grateful Dead -- who were among the many artists inspired by LSD.

"When I'm on LSD and hearing something that's pure rhythm, it takes me to another world and into anther brain state where I've stopped thinking and started knowing," said Herbert who intervened to ban drug testing of technologists at Cisco Systems.

Herbert, who lives in Santa Cruz, California, joined 2,000 researchers, scientists, artists and historians gathered here over the weekend to celebrate the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD here in 1938. The centenarian received a congratulatory birthday letter from the Swiss president, roses and a spontaneous kiss from a young woman in the crowd.

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scratch

edited due to corp pressure.

drugs support terrorism,

drugs support terrorism, its true cause bush told me

And who supports the Keebler

And who supports the Keebler Elves? Shrooms?

I'd say yes, if I spmoked opium then that wood probably support Afgan warlords overlooking poopy fields 100 miles outside of Kabul who are also supported by the Bush admin and that fine dressing Karzai and were previously aided by the Bin Ladin family fortune.

Counterpoint, I'm currently 4/5th into a bottle of Le Tresor Cabernet Sauvignon, and I'm quite sure that they are not terrorists.

uhm.. I suppose I should

uhm..

I suppose I should have added *sarcasm* annotations

lol

honestly

I have no idea who produces LSD, where it's made, how, or who profits from its sale. I know it's a chemical compound, but I don't even know what goes into it...

I have heard tell that LSD can remain in your spine for a perturbingly long period of time and cause damage to your synapse functions many years after taking it...

Drawings

Great drawings - inspired!

Gin

Forget LSD, a good glass of gin will work.

Problem is, sometimes I can't remember those brilliant gin ideas if I didn't write them down until my next gin trip.

Sigh.

>I have no idea who produces

>I have no idea who produces LSD, where it's made<

I don't know much about it either but my mom told me that lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, acid,Mr. Natural, blotter, microdot or orange sunshine, was discovered in 1938. It was intended to be sold as a psychoactive drug to be used in the mental health profession,however, it never seemed to really "take off" as one might expect. While the majority of available LSD on the street is most likely of the bath-tub persuasion, the patent belongs to Sandoz Laboratories in Berne, Switzerland. Mom says it will make you "feel funny" and "see things".

I'd call her and ask her about it some more, but she's scared to answer the phone. She thinks the devil keeps calling her and hanging up just to make sure she's home.

Magic Mushrooms are a very

Magic Mushrooms are a very similar experience, and they grow in fields.

I think LSD does open some people's minds, but also sends a lot to mental hospitals.

The great bicycle ride

The guy who first synthesised it turned 100 just a week ago. This article explains that he was doing experiments with ergot, ergo he stumbled upon LSD.

I have never done LSD.

I have never done LSD. Bought some from a friend years ago and lost it. Then a friend wanted to do it later and I wimped out :(

I have tried a similar less strong substance 4 times though. The result set was a bit diverse:

  • One time I could taste colors. Felt really creative. Looked back on some of the things I wrote that night and it was pretty funny. Really can help you make new associations between concepts.
  • One time I went to a goth place that was all red and black, and that was no good. I was sorta scared and every 3 hours or so I would look at my watch and see that only 2 or 3 minutes had passed. Then when we got out we found out that someone broke into our car. Long night. Brutal.
  • I tried it 2 other times later and really did not notice much pychoactive influence, although I did notice pupil dialation and a somewhat speedy effect (although the FDA classified the similar substance as a depresant).

I think LSD has been painted to be so bad because it historically was harder to cheaply detect than other drugs. In the last few years it has became easier and cheaper to detect.

I don't think they test that much for LSD though because there is a negative stigma around it while some other strong drugs like ecstasy are sometimes seen more as kid candy, in spite of being really strong. One of my friends long ago did heroin and crack for a few month bender and was surprised by how strong ecstacy was compared to the others.

I believe a couple California guys who followed the Grateful Dead created and distributed most of the LSD that was consumed in the US. They got busted in 2000 though:

William Leonard Pickard, 55, and Clyde Apperson, 45, were indicted Nov. 8-9 by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. They are charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and dispense LSD. The charges carry a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison without parole, according to the office of Jackie Williams, the U.S. attorney for Kansas.

Seager said a DEA agent involved in the investigation told him "this was the world's largest LSD lab and supposedly supplying one-third of the world's supply of LSD."

Here is the LSD page on Erowid.

Acid Head

Its pretty sad to think that people do maths whilst tripping.
What happened to the music and the flowers?

re: 9 drawings done by an artist

Thanks for that Andy, considerably brightened a dull morning in Epsom.
Number 6 is my favourite.

This had me in stitches:

Quote:
'This will be the best drawing, Like the first one, only better. If I'm not careful I'll lose control of my movements, but I won't, because I know. I know' - (this saying is then repeated many times).

Patient makes the last half-a-dozen strokes of the drawing while running back and forth across the room.

Whilst I believe experimentation with halucinogenics is a healthy and perception-enhancing thing, I would advise against the budget option of trying to get the same effect more cheaply from household solvents. Once those brain cells are gone you'll never get them back. Always remember this, ...erm...err..

Yup.

Bear in mind, though, that some of those folks ended up on far heavier drugs because, after LSD, they just felt so danged weird, or unhappy, or whatever. And apparently it didn't just "go away".

As to art, the idea is to be creative. To be more aware, not less (despite the hype for psychotropic drugs) (or the need for more drugs to handle what the first drugs did to you). There's a reason why the 60's went they way they did.

The recorded art we have from that period (music, visual arts) are from people who were already creative anyway, and who went ahead being creative despite being high.

So, with all due respect, I'll pass, and just go on and develop my creativity.

>I believe a couple

>I believe a couple California guys who followed the Grateful Dead created and<

Mom said that Ken Kesey, (the guy who wrote One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest), and his little band of followers, the Merry Pranksters, (a bunch of whacked out, west coast, run-aways calling themselves hippies riding around the country in an old school bus giving the stuff away for free), was pretty much responsible for creating awareness and demand. Then of course they had a national spokesman in the most famous drop-out of them all, Timothy Leary.

My guess is there is a connection to the Pranksters and Leary and to the two California Dead guys.

Your right being high

Your right being high doesn't make you more creative or smarter, it changes the way you see things allows you to make observations and connections you might not have made otherwise. Quite simply it free's you from your preconception of reality.

Beleive it or not many people are better for it.

* and with that I exit this thread *

I have no idea who produces

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I have no idea who produces LSD, where it's made, how, or who profits from its sale. I know it's a chemical compound, but I don't even know what goes into it...

It's made on pretty much any college campus. In fact, when I was in school, people had brand preferences based on the school and style. I was told that MIT Green Dragon was the best in town. The style, assuming the medium was blotter paper, was the name of the picture on the paper.

And Rand, in your neck of the woods (not terribly far from you) is a small liberal arts college where, at least back in my day, the chemistry students would invent new hallucinogens. I know they were making MDA before most people had heard of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and they had something back then called "Bromo".

>Timothy Leary One of my

>Timothy Leary

One of my friends used to be good friends with Timothy Leary. He said when you met Timothy you always had to greet him with something. Depending on time of day it was either coffee or alchohol at the minimum.

He also said Timothy was the person who introduced The Beatles to acid.

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