click image to enlarge

LSD and the Divine Scientist

The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
April, 2013
ISBN:
9781620550090
In stock now: 
2
$14.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Best known as the first person to synthesize, ingest, and discover the psychedelic effects of LSD (on April 19, 1943), Albert Hofmann was more than just a great chemist. A pioneer in the field of visionary plant research, he was one of the first people to suggest the use of entheogens for psychological healing and spiritual growth. His insights into the consciousness-expanding effects of psychedelics as well as human nature, the psyche, and the nature of reality earned him a reputation as a mystical scientist and visionary philosopher.

This book—Hofmann’s last work before his death in 2008 at the age of 102—offers the acclaimed scientist’s personal experiences and thoughts on chemistry, the natural sciences, mind-altering drugs, the soul, and the search for happiness and meaning in life. Hofmann explains different methods of pharmaceutical research based on traditional plant medicine and discusses psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms that he discovered. He examines the psychological role of psychoactives, their therapeutic potential, and their use in easing the life-to-death transition. Sharing a different side of the father of LSD, one known only to his friends and close colleagues, this book also includes the poetry of this mystical prophet of psychedelic science.

I believe that the significance of the natural sciences in the evolution of human society is that they are able to open the eyes of humans for the wonder of creation and for the unity of all life on this earth in which humanity is included. Gaining such knowledge should serve the purpose of having a broad and holistic consciousness and could become the groundwork for a new spirituality and contribute a solution to the current spiritual, social, and ecological problems.

The book includes an afterword by artist Alex Grey, “St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution,” which is also the title of the painting on the cover.

"This book is a jewel box... Each essay is a rare mix—profound and readable. The essay by Alex Grey about the symbolism in his cover portrait of Hofmann is the perfect conclusion." —James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

Publisher’s Description: 

The acclaimed discoverer of LSDs personal experiences and thoughts on chemistry, the natural sciences, mind-altering drugs, the soul, and the search for happiness

Shares a different side of the father of LSD, one known only to his friends and close colleagues

Explains Hofmanns different methods of pharmaceutical research based on traditional plant medicine

Includes the poetry of this mystical prophet of psychedelic science

Best known as the first person to synthesize, ingest, and discover the psychedelic effects of LSD, Albert Hofmann was more than just a chemist. A pioneer in the field of visionary plant research, he was one of the first people to suggest the use of entheogens for psychological healing and spiritual growth. His insights into the consciousness-expanding effects of psychedelics as well as human nature, the psyche, and the nature of reality earned him a reputation as a mystical scientist and visionary philosopher.

This book--Hofmanns last work before his death in 2008 at the age of 102--offers the acclaimed scientists personal experiences and thoughts on chemistry, the natural sciences, mind-altering drugs, the soul, and the search for happiness and meaning in life. Hofmann explains different methods of pharmaceutical research based on traditional plant medicine and discusses psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms that he discovered. He examines the psychological role of psychoactives, their therapeutic potential, and their use in easing the life-to-death transition. Sharing a different side of the father of LSD, one known only to his friends and close colleagues, this book also includes the poetry of this mystical prophet of psychedelic science.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review