Friday, 15 February 2013

Carl Sagan Freakout #9

In 1971 Carl Sagan, under the pseudonym "Mr. X," contributed an article on psychedelic psychiatry to a publication by Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, entitled Marihuana Reconsidered (This is actually true.)  Therein Sagan's nom de plume disclosed:

"I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate. Sometimes a kind of existential perception of the absurd comes over me and I see with awful certainty the hypocrisies and posturing of myself and my fellow men. And at other times, there is a different sense of the absurd, a playful and whimsical awareness. Both of these senses of the absurd can be communicated, and some of the most rewarding highs I've had have been in sharing talk and perceptions and humor. Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds. A sense of what the world is really like can be maddening; cannabis has brought me some feelings for what it is like to be crazy, and how we use that word 'crazy' to avoid thinking about things that are too painful for us."

Kaleidoscope - "Beacon From Mars," Beacon From Mars, Epic, 1968.

Discogs: Beacon From Mars

Pink Floyd - "Set The Controls For the Heart of The Sun," A Saucerful of Secrets, EMI, 1968

Discogs: A Saucerful of Secrets

Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Maiden Of The Cancer Moon," Happy Trails, Capitol, 1969

Discogs: Happy Trails

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