Chris Apollo Lynn from Republic of Austin just sent over the most amazing video.
This is from a series of experimental LSD sessions performed in 1956. The doctor you see in the video -- Dr. Sidney Cohen -- was dosing volunteers at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles, and the volunteer below is a California housewife.
Some of my favorite bits:
DOCTOR: What does this all mean to you?
HOUSEWIFE: I've never seen such intimate beauty in my life.
And then, later:
HOUSEWIFE: Can't you feel it? Everything is so beautiful, and lovely, and alive.
The best moment of all, in my opinion, happens around moment 5:10, when she starts pointing at something, asking the doctor to look. "Do you see it?" When he admits he can't, she simply shakes her head (knowingly?) and responds,
"If you can't see it, then you'll just never know it. I feel sorry for you."
At the end, when Dr. Cohen is interviewing philosopher Gerald Heard -- a contemporary of Aldous Huxley -- Heard says something I hear in Buddhism over and over again.
"Suddenly you notice that there aren't these separations. That we're not on a separate island shouting across to somebody else and trying to hear what they're saying and misunderstanding ... we're part of a single continent."
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Click here for link to Don Lattin's book, The Harvard Psychedelic Club. (Which suddenly became the very next selection on my reading list).