Re: Psychedelic singularities (was Test Scores (was Causality))
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 14:52:58 -0500

Max writes:

>I know of someone who says that took the SAT while on a *small* dose of acid
>(a quarter tab I believe) and got *better* scores than they achieved the
>previous time straight.

I'm familiar with a case of someone similarly taking a 1/4 street dose of
LSD-25 during a second attempt at the ACT (a test quite similar to the SAT).
The auto-experimental subject allegedly had done well the first time--in the
90 percentiles--but got a 99 %-tile score the second time through. So far as
I can tell, moreover, the person in question remains bright and lucid.

This interesting anecdote hardly qualifies as a double-blind study, of
course, but it does (if true) disprove over-broad claims about LSD-25's
allegedly universal and harmful effects.