The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche

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Inner Traditions/Bear, Apr 1, 2000 - Medical - 336 pages
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One of the most important books written on the effects of LSD on the human psyche.

Its authoritative research has great relevance to the current debate on drug legalization.

Prolific authors Robert Masters and Jean Houston are pioneer figures in the field of transpersonal psychology and founders of the Human Potentials Movement.

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience was published in 1966, just as the first legal restrictions on the use of psychedelic substances were being enacted. Unfortunately, the authors' pioneering work on the effects of LSD on the human psyche, which was viewed by its participants as possibly heralding a revolution in the study of the mind, was among the casualties of this interdiction. As a result, the promising results to which their studies attested were never fully explored. Nevertheless, their 15 years of research represents a sober and authoritative appraisal of what remains one of the most controversial developments in the study of the human psyche. Avoiding the wild excesses taken by both sides on this issue, this book is unique for the light it sheds on the possibilities and the limitations of psychedelic drugs, as well as on the techniques for working with them. With drug legalization an increasingly important issue, The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience provides a welcome and much needed contrast to the current hysteria that surrounds this topic.

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User Review  - Nick Mather - Goodreads

It is a shame that the US government has banned nearly all research on psychedelics. "The Varieties of Psychedlic Experience" chronicles the findings of doctor's Masters and Houston in how ... Read full review

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Great case on page 266 Read full review

About the author (2000)

Robert Masters and Jean Houston are well-known pioneers of modern consciousness research and were both among the founders of the Human Potentials Movement. They also coauthored Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space. Among the books Robert Masters has written are Eros and Evil and The Goddess Sekhmet. Jean Houston is also the author of A Passion for the Possible, Godseed, and A Mythic Life.

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