RE: Psychedelic singularities (was Test Scores (was Causality))

Crosby_M (
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 15:57:24 -0500

I wrote:
< I dropped ten percentage points after going through what I've
labeled a 'psychedelic singularity'.>

I didn't mean to imply that my intelligence really dropped, just that
I let my math and verbal skills grow rusty as I explored other modes
of experience.

Lyle wrote:
<I could still write -- both prose and computer code -- but only with
great effort. My attention span wasn't what it had been ... I don't
know of anybody whose test scores went *up* after taking acid. I'm not
saying this never happens -- all drugs affect different people in
different ways -- but I never heard of it happening.>

Perhaps the problem was that you needed to be analytical - writing
prose and computer code - and the psychedlic mode of thinking was not
conducive to that.

Looking back through my notebooks from that time period, I see that I
wrote some rather long-winded poetry and drew up some interesting
conceptual diagrams, but my essays look somewhat incoherent in

<I didn't get my strength back until I was in my thirties.
Ironically, it was pot that helped me put myself back together.>

I had a very similar experience, though I never felt that I was a
casualty of drug usage, it was mostly a lack of coherent purpose from
too many nihilistic memes. Finally going to college and being
determined to take up a profession after initially rejecting all of
that helped to straighten me out more than anything.


"[C] ircuits in the brain generate local electrical discharges
[causing] a feeling of suspension in space and time ... The sense of
infinity makes the self feel immortal, and the fear of extinction goes
away." - Michael Persinger, in Dec88 OMNI, discussing why intoxication
is a human need.