Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD

By Dieter Hagenbach, Lucius Werthmüller

Mystic Chemist starts initially of the 20 th century, within the Swiss city of Basel that's evolving from a favored well-being spa right into a significant commercial urban. the tale concludes greater than a century later, after celebrating Albert Hofmann's one hundredth birthday. It tells the original tale of a quickly to be recognized scientist, highlighting his educational trip, his learn at Sandoz after which, because the discoverer of LSD, his conferences and interactions with illustrious writers, artists and thinkers, from around the world, whose universal curiosity is a fascination with the hot wonder-drug. Luminaries like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert look at the scene and Hofmann starts off a prolific correspondence with them and different events. occasionally he sends a pattern, different occasions he hears in their "trips” on LSD or different psychedelic components, like mescaline or psilocybin. From the start he is taking a good view in the direction of efforts by way of physicians and psychotherapists to incorporate LSD in new methods to the remedy of health problems. He sees the "psychedelic" strength of this "wonder drug" as precious to all. And he expresses his conviction that mystical reports and journeys to different worlds of awareness are the simplest training for the final trip he and each certainly one of us good needs to ultimately make. on the age of 102, Albert Hofmann dies at domestic. His energy and open mindedness stick with him until eventually his final breath. The lifetime of Albert Hofmann, the Mystic Chemist, is a sworn statement to how you can achieve an outstanding age the entire whereas final bodily and mentally healthy and spiritually conscious. Mystic Chemist: The lifetime of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD tells the tale of Albert Hofmann's existence and the parallel tale of the wonder-drug, LSD. The e-book runs to 408 pages and comprises over 500 colour and black and white pictures, illustrations and drawings; a few of them by no means released ahead of. With a foreword through global well known Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, Mystic Chemist may be released in could 2013, and comes in hardcover and softcover versions.

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Merely whilst she pointed out that President Kennedy may even be between these decide upon did Leary cease encouraging her to convey them to Millbrook for classes performed via him. next conferences along with her seem to have been fruitful as was once an LSD journey taken jointly. There hasn't ever been any facts that John F. Kennedy ever took LSD. Mary Pinchot Meyer’s biographer wrote: “Mary’s visits to Timothy Leary through the time she used to be additionally Kennedy’s lover recommend that Kennedy knew extra approximately hallucinogenic medications than the CIA could have been telling him. ... however the timing of her visits to Timothy Leary do coincide together with her recognized deepest conferences with the president. seventy eight the fundamental difficulties dealing with the realm at the present time will not be liable to an army resolution. John F. Kennedy Mary Pinchot Meyer (r. ), John F. Kennedy there's controversy over even if the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, used to be as a result of his overseas coverage that emphasised peace and foreign figuring out and disturbed the influential and strong armaments and the army. additionally disputed is the idea of a few chroniclers that LSD reports may have caused a corresponding swap in his attention and behaviour. as a minimum, Leary got a telephone name in early December he have been watching for from Meyer after Kennedy’s dying: “They couldn’t regulate him anymore. He used to be altering too speedy. They’ve lined every thing up. ... I gotta come see you. I’m afraid. be cautious. ” (Leary 1983, 194) Months handed and the 2 by no means met back. The homicide of Mary Pinchot Meyer on October 12, 1964, is still unsolved. just like President Kennedy 11 months past, she died from gun pictures. in response to her ex-husband twine Meyer, it used to be “the related sons of bitches who murdered John F. Kennedy. ”79 Founding Years within the spring of 1964, the Millbrook commune based the Castalia beginning alongside the traces of the non secular neighborhood of an analogous identify in Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead online game. Hesse’s Castalians maintained an ethically established academic approach combining technology and spirituality in socially worthwhile symbiosis. the unconventional used to be written within the Thirties and primary released in 1943 in Switzerland the place Hesse lived after 1919. The Glass Bead video game was once no longer released in Germany till after the Nazi period. on reflection, Hesse wrote: “It was once for me to build a non secular house within which i may dwell and breathe. regardless of the entire poison published on this planet, I needed to make the area of the brain and soul obvious as latest and unconquerable. accordingly my tale was once utopian, the picture projected into the long run, and the gruesome current banished right into a earlier that have been conquer. ”80 Leary’s notions a couple of destiny society corresponded with Hesse’s. He and his neighbors have been looking freedom for his or her experiments. to deal with their precarious monetary scenario, Leary and Metzner provided “Psychedelic periods” in Millbrook and different East Coast towns, weekend seminars on consciousness-expanding tools, akin to meditation and yoga, with out using psychedelics.

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