"A re-awakening of the power and uses for psychedelic drugs is underway in much of the world these days. Articles are appearing in the New York Times and Salon.com on the psychiatric possibilities of traditional hallucinogenic drugs (prescribed in a clinical setting). In the fall of 2012, neurologist, Oliver Sacks, author of the 1985 bestseller The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, published his Hallucinations. Early in 2013, David Jay Brown will publish his definitive, The New Science of Psychedelics. Brown has already published an E-book here at Reality Sandwich called Psychedelic Drug Research.
Although still somewhat under the radar with mainstream TV culture, the transformative potential of psychedelia is definitely working its way out of the shadows. In fact, some are now claiming a new revolution is underway and that it’s only a matter of time before the notorious “Schedule 1” categorization system that the U.S. Federal government uses to put drugs like LSD and psilocybin on the same footing with crack cocaine and heroin will be revised dramatically. Who knows, huh?”
The modern war between science and spirituality seems laughable in light of the life of Sir Isaac Newton. His discoveries in the realms of physics, mathematics, and astronomy were so seminal and so numerous that he’s regarded as the single most influential scientist. Many refer to him as the greatest genius who ever lived.
And yet Newton’s central passions were alchemy and the Bible, about which he wrote millions of words, far more than what he devoted to his strictly scientific interests. “Gravity explains the motions of the planets,” he wrote, “but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”
Newton’s biographer James Gleick says he discovered “more of the essential core of human knowledge than anyone before or after.” Ostensibly, the great man was humble, writing that “if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
But he did not actually believe that, writes Salon.com’s Farhad Manjoo in his review of Gleick’s book. And the fact is that Newton’s breakthroughs “were not incremental, not the logical conclusion to centuries of study,” but rather the result of “a supernatural, superhuman intuition.”
Could his grounding in both science and spirituality have been one of the factors responsible for his astounding brilliance?