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Alexander Shulgin, a chemist who specialized in the creation of and experimentation with mind-altering substances, and who introduced the controversial drug popularly known as Ecstasy for potential therapeutic use, died on Monday at his home in Lafayette, Calif., east of Oakland. He was 88. The cause was cancer, his wife, Ann, said. Shulgin, whose interest, as he put it once, was "in the machinery of the mental process," was both a rogue and a wizard, a legitimate scientist and a counterculture hero.

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Over more than four decades, working generally within the law (if occasionally on the edge), trying out his concoctions on himself, his wife and a few friends, and publishing his results, he was the creator of almost 200 chemical compounds capable of rejiggering the quotidian functions of the mind.

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"It was in 1960, while he was working for Dow Chemical, that Dr. Shulgin had his first psychedelic experience. He used the drug mescaline, and an epiphany resulted -- that it was possible to chemically extend the horizons of perception.

"I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit," he said. "We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability."

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-13 01:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

200 chemical compounds capable of rejiggering the quotidian functions of the mind.

I don't know what that means, but let me have some.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-13 01:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Use them with care, and use them with respect as to the transformations they can achieve, and you have an extraordinary research tool. Go banging about with a psychedelic drug for a Saturday night turn-on, and you can get into a really bad place, psychologically.

Know what you're using, decide just why you're using it, and you can have a rich experience. They're not addictive, and they're certainly not escapist, either, but they're exceptionally valuable tools for understanding the human mind, and how it works."
― Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

"The most compelling insight of that day was that this awesome recall had been brought about by a fraction of a gram of a white solid, but that in no way whatsoever could it be argued that these memories had been contained within the white solid. Everything I had recognized came from the depths of my memory and my psyche.

I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability."
― Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

There are many ways to access the mind and the spirit. Meditative religious ways, fasting, chemicals... many of us have tried them all.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-13 01:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

A great documentary about Sasha Shulgin.

www.youtube.com

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-13 01:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability."
― Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

Yeah, it's called DMT. Want to see the universe as a whole, right in front of your face? Smoke some DMT:

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-13 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Yeah, it's called DMT. Want to see the universe as a whole, right in front of your face? Smoke some DMT: "

Not sure if you'll see the universe as a whole, but you may be astonished.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-13 05:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

He lived that long?

What a rarity.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-13 10:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

^
It was the drugs.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-13 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

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