LSD, Religion, & Religious Studies (Aesthetics)

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, and thought about it again the other rainy day. The Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” followed by Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away” were on the radio. I really want to edit a book of essays on the impact of LSD and other hallucinogens on then current and future members of the clergy and Religious Studies professoriate circa 1966-1978. The project would be in conversaiton with Daniel Gold’s Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion: Modern Fascinations.

The LSD-religion connection has to do with, among other things, artificial interfaces and synthetic interventions, the introversion and extroversion of sensation and consciousness, the intensification and other transformations of optical impression, synesthetic color-sound inversions, and repetition of visual patterns. I suspect that the sometimes playful and sometimes not so playful openness to religion, the spiritual, and the supernatural across the culture at large today has a…

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