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14 Sep 2005, 23:33

Psychedelic (From Reference.com)

The word psychedelic is a neologism coined from the Greek words for "mind," ψυχη (psyche), and "manifest," δηλειν (delein).

A psychedelic experience is characterized by the perception of aspects of one's mind previously unknown, or by the creative exuberance of the mind liberated from its ordinary fetters. Psychedelic states are one of the stations on the spectrum of experiences elicited by psychedelic substances. On that same spectrum will be found hallucinations, distortions of perception, synaesthesia, altered states of awareness, mystical states, and occasionally states resembling psychosis.

The term was first coined as a noun in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, as an alternative descriptor for hallucinogenic drugs in the context of psychedelic psychotherapy. The term featured in a now-famous exchange with Aldous Huxley, in which the ill-fated term phanerothyme was suggested:

To make this trivial world sublime,

take half a gram of phanerothyme.


Osmond responded:

To fathom Hell or soar angelic,

just take a pinch of psychedelic.


The use of psychedelic drugs became widespread in the mid-1960s. Timothy Leary, who was largely responsible for the popularization of the term "psychedelic", was a well known proponent of their use, as was Aldous Huxley. The fashion for psychedelic drugs gave its name to the visual style of psychedelia, and to a rock music style that became known as psychedelic music.

The impact of psychedelic drugs on western culture in the 1960s led to meaning drift in the use of the word "psychedelic", and it is now frequently applied to describe any brightly patterned or coloured object. In objection to this new meaning, and to the pejorative meanings of other synonyms such as "hallucinogen" and "psychotomimetic", the term "entheogen" was proposed and is seeing increasing use. However, many consider the term "entheogen" best reserved for religious and spiritual usage, such as certain Native American churches do with the peyote sacrament, and psychedelic left to describe those who are using these drugs recreationally.

At the same time as psychedelic drugs were being used by the counterculture of the 1960s, they were also being used in experiments by governments, who saw them (apparently mistakenly) as useful agents for mind control; see MKULTRA for the CIA involvement in the use of psychedelic drugs.
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  • ktkingg

    The Psychedelic Furs are pure psychephilia rockabilia hipping groovesnesss from outer space!

    15 Sep 2005, 1:56
  • glasse

    NEXT year will be the WORSEST LemmingS Year ever I read in a newspaper from lap-land, the ever praised Norrländska Socialdemokraten (www.nsd.se). Every now and then in Lap-land they have big trouble with the lemmingS, they go out of the mountains and come sweeping dowen the rivers aqnd creeks to find the human flesh. These vicioius animals are known to be the reason many of Swedens defence forces have been stationed in the Lap-land region since long time (Lap-land is a part of Sweden north of the small rural town Gävle accroding to accessible Swedish geographical data, see www.regeringen.se/lansdelar) Next year this ravagin' plague will be so dangerous that everY lap (lap is the name of an inhabitant in the lap-land part of Sweden) is up to an immense and VERY real risk of being wiped out by LemmingS. The animals will kill EVERYONE according to calculations made by Statsistiska Centralbyrån (www.scb.se). A defence wall has been secretly built along the Dalälven river by enrolled soldires who will guard the border between Sweden and Lap-land. The Defence Minister (L Bjoerklund) and the Prime Minister (G Persson) are concerned about the ill fate of the laps, but says this is reaaly sad fot them, but for the rest of Sweden this terrible thing will probalby be good. Not mentioned at ther press conference at the Rosenbad earlier this month were the well known fact that the inhabitants in the nortern part of Sweden, if wiped put by next fall, will mean less social welfare costs since most of them are unemplyed or retired or out hunting the animals that otherwise would have killed the LemmingS. Read alla bout it, really frightening story about how the lap-land region meets its final destiny next spring. LemmingS will kill them all. Word UP!

    10 Dic 2005, 12:21
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