I found this week’s material fascinating and inspirational. For my midterm project, I created a hypothetical microchip that could help some of the psychological disorders discussed in the LSD studies, such as alcoholism, schizophrenia, and criminal behaviors.
LSD has always been interesting debate for me. I have researched the effects of LSD in other courses and have always concluded it was generally not as harmful as its label describes and not as destructive as other drugs are like Cocaine.
Lots of artists have used LSD in their creative processes and have made huge discoveries of their potential while using the drug. This artist, with an unknown name, drew a series of portraits while taking LSD. The first image is 15 minutes after taking it, the second is after about 2 hours, and the last image was about 9 hours.
Marlene Dobkin De Rios writes in her book referenced below, about how LSD influences the imagination and the creative process using clinical research of Dr. Janiger. They claimed that LSD had a solid connection with spirituality. Other authors like Glen Hanson, who wrote Drugs and Society, have done experiments and showed adverse effects but most of the artists they gave the drug to, admitted to it making them more insightful.
Lots of the music I listen to like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and The Doors, were all musical ensembles that used LSD and used cryptic lyrics in their music to describe the experiences they had.
This lecture allowed me to revisit my preconceived notions about neurology, as well as opening my mind to some of the fundamentals of neuroscience as mentioned in the first lecture.
Vesna, Victoria. "Neuroscience pt.3" N.p., 16 May 2012. Web. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=927&v=E5EX75xoBJ0>.
Vesna, Victoria. "Neuroscience pt.1." N.p., 16 May 2012. Web. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=927&v=E5EX75xoBJ0>.
Dobkin De Rios, Marlene. LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process: Based on the Groundbreaking Research of Oscar Janiger, M.D. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web. <https://books.google.com/books?id=BSLGKvZpe8QC&printsec=frontcover&dq=artists+and+lsd+use&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivt8GF6N3MAhVT2GMKHakAAWkQ6AEIIzAB#v=onepage&q=artists%20and%20lsd%20use&f=false>.
LeVert, Suzanne. The Facts about LSD. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark, 2005. Web. <https://books.google.com/books?id=FIcgNT8gnTYC&pg=PA10&dq=artists+and+lsd+use&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivt8GF6N3MAhVT2GMKHakAAWkQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q=artists%20and%20lsd%20use&f=false>.
Hanson, Glen R. Drugs and Society N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web. <https://books.google.com/books?id=CYVnE2grkusC&pg=PA362&dq=artists+and+lsd+use&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivt8GF6N3MAhVT2GMKHakAAWkQ6AEIRzAH#v=onepage&q=artists%20and%20lsd%20use&f=false>.