Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Sacred Mushroom

OK this is long, but worth watching. It's a show called One Step Beyond, from 1961, about psychedelic mushrooms (i.e., magic mushrooms) and whether or not they enhance ESP.



There are so many fascinating / hilarious things about this video. The way they talk funny ("a man was shot!"... "and shot AT!"); the host himself eagerly gobbling up mushrooms, then totally tripping balls ("I feel like I'd like to dive in the middle of it!"); the revelation that reality TV has never really been "real."

The results of the test are also interesting. It's done in an at least somewhat scientific, controlled manner, and there are some dramatic results there even if you consider that it's been heavily edited. It's too bad that shrooms are now illegal to grow or possess, because some better research along these lines could've been illuminating. Plus they are good clean fun. I doubt that anyone has ever gotten into much trouble while seeing pretty colours and thinking they're psychic. Alcohol, on the other hand...


(I found this via Dean Radin)

4 comments:

The Holywriter said...

Another way in which the government controls what I put in my body.

Jack said...

I don't have the attention span to watch it, but wanted to say hey. Hey.

Von said...

Haha. It was like "Mythbusters" crossed with the "outer limits". Science sure is spooky. Now I want to check on pubmed whether that neuropharmacologist published anything on mushrooms.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Now I am hungry and want 'shrooms.