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It is true at the present time that the bulk of LSD literature is only sprinkled with them, but it has become increasingly apparent that these breakthroughs are by no means uncommon. They have come about both in planned sessions and by happy accident. There is abundant word-of-mouth testimony which eventually will appear in print with proper documentation. Even though investigation into this aspect of LSD's effects has so far been rather timid, this does not mean that such responses are not strong and valid—and on the increase as sophisticated use of the drug becomes more and more prevalent.
Because such reactions do occur, and undeniably so, there are many advocates who are anxious to tell the world what LSD has done for them, so that meetings and seminars on the subject often sound like an evening with Alcoholics Anonymous or the Salvation Army.
Especially is this true when an audience airs its views at the close of a lecture on LSD. As an instance of this, consider what happened when Dr. John Beresford, an early researcher on the effects of LSD, turned such a session over to questions and statements from the audience.
At the time of this particular lecture, the agitation and legislation against LSD was well under way, and there seemed to be little promise for continued study of the drug—certainly private use and experimentation was legally out of the question. Most of those who came to this lecture were dedicated to the future of the drug for serious, scientific reasons, and ABC-TV was on hand to record the proceedings. The lecture was a little like a televised wake, with the audience as depressed yet keyed-up as survivors of a shipwreck.
Dr. Beresford that night spoke very briefly, candidly admitting that although there was well-founded reason to believe in LSD's efficacy in creative and technical problem solving, so far only scattered evidence had appeared in scientific journals. He then threw the discussion open to the floor.
The audience reaction was electric. Everyone wanted to talk at once, to testify as to how LSD had helped solve individual problems. It was difficult to sort it all out.
A designer who specialized in Orientalia said that under the drug, without any prior knowledge, he had worked out Einstein's theory of relativity. A friend of his, an M.I.T. faculty member, had pointed out this remarkable "discovery" to the designer, upon being told of the latter's LSD adventure. The designer has since given up his former field and gone into scientific work. Similarly, a former architect told of how he had gone into the field of drama as a result of new insight gained about his true interests and abilities while under LSD. Another audience member averred that because of LSD therapy, his eyesight, I.Q. and imaginative abilities—all essential to his career—had increased in keenness, his I.Q. by a measured and recorded twenty per cent.
A woman who described herself as a former "impassioned, constantly angry warmonger" said that she had learned tolerance and "love for my fellow man" and had become an active pacifist. A student told of how he had taught himself French in the week that followed his having taken LSD. There was even a palmist who explained remarkable predictions he had made under the influence of the drug, all of which he said subsequently proved accurate

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A final point about the creative process: it does not seem to have too much to do with conventional I.Q., as measured by existing tests for the purpose. Dr. Frank Barron, Research Psychologist at the University of California Institute of Personality Assessment, has compared more than 5,000 productive and creative individuals with others in their field of similar I.Q. but of limited productivity, and says: The thing that was important was something that might be called a cosmological commitment. It was a powerful motive to create meaning and to leave a testament of the meaning which that individual found in the world, and in himself in relation to the world. This motive emerged in many ways, but we came across it over and over again when we compared highly creative individuals with those of equal intellectual ability as measured by the IQ tests but of less actual creative ability. The intense motivation having to do with this making of meaning—or finding meaning and communicating it in one form or another—was the most important difference between our criterion and control groups... I think that as a result of the psychedelic experience there's a heightened sense of the drama of life, including its brevity, and a realization both of the importance of one's individual life and of the fact that a sacred task has been given to the individual in the development of the self..

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Things that you knew before, you now understand." Asked whether he thought that LSD would become a commonly used adjunct to artistic performance among others, he said, "I suspect that anyone who's interested in seeing more, hearing more, thinking more is going to try it" - Leading German writer at the time on LSD

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