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This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring wr This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring writings by William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Alice B. Toklas, Charles Baudelaire, Sigmund Freud, and an array of other seekers, Artificial Paradises locates the origins, busts the myths, examines the scientific studies, and embraces the controversy surrounding drugs, offering an honest, if not psychedelic, portrait of the lives and minds of those who have used them.


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This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring wr This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring writings by William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Alice B. Toklas, Charles Baudelaire, Sigmund Freud, and an array of other seekers, Artificial Paradises locates the origins, busts the myths, examines the scientific studies, and embraces the controversy surrounding drugs, offering an honest, if not psychedelic, portrait of the lives and minds of those who have used them.

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    A comprehensive guide to the evolution of drugs in areas such as religion, medicine, and art (to name a few). This book is perfect for research purposes or for those who have a genuine interest in drugs and their influence on various aspects of culture worldwide. The book is present as a series of carefully selected, succinct essays that are categorized, which provides the reader to skip around to areas they are most interested in. Though some essays seemed to interest me more than others, the e A comprehensive guide to the evolution of drugs in areas such as religion, medicine, and art (to name a few). This book is perfect for research purposes or for those who have a genuine interest in drugs and their influence on various aspects of culture worldwide. The book is present as a series of carefully selected, succinct essays that are categorized, which provides the reader to skip around to areas they are most interested in. Though some essays seemed to interest me more than others, the editor did an excellent job in selecting various pieces for this compilation.

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