Happy bicycle day, Friends !
As you might know, on April 19, 1943 Albert Hofmann got high on acid for the first time.
“April 19, 1943, Hofmann intentionally ingested 250 micrograms of LSD. This day is now known as “Bicycle Day,” because after starting to feel the effects of the drug he rode home on a bike, and that became the first intentional acid trip.”
So 72 years have passed since the first LSD trip has happened and this period is just a tiny drop in the ocean of Time for human species’ existence. 72 years of accidental bicycle trips influencing on science and provoking further global discoveries. So much progression in the music, literature, movies, visual arts, basically everywhere.
For instance, have a look at the recent image of the New Terminal of Mumbai airport. You never know, maybe that was not just a coincidence or Alex Grey’s superficial influence on the designer’s mind. Maybe architect had his own magic experience :) !
It is stunning that people keep on creating and making up genuine and mindblowing things without taking any substances. This capacity of creativity of human mind is so encouraging !
However, these 72 years were quite twisted for LSD being in science. From one side many outstanding and important things have been founded out when on acid: a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device to name a few. Francis Crick was under the influence of LSD when he discovered the molecular structure of DNA. He and 2 other guys received Nobel Prize for it and this revelation let mankind to encode “The Genetic Code”. Another Nobel Prize winner has massively improved polymerase chain reaction technique after he took plenty of LSD.
Another modern genius of technology, Steve Jobs called his experience with the acid “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” As Jobs himself has suggested, LSD may have contributed to the “think different” approach that still puts Apple’s designs a head above the competition.
This are just few quick examples, but it actually would be interesting to find out REAL statistics of all these scientific or technological breakthroughs made on entheogens, and not only the ones made by men who were brave enough to admit publicly or in their memoirs that they were on psychedelics at that very moment.
Today is the bicycle day and some of you are probably celebrating it with an mind expanding outdoor experience and of course we wish you a nice trip! There is no bad and good, no black and white ! Hofmann called LSD “medicine for the soul”. And as all medicine the intelligence and precaution shall be used. Mr Hofmann gave us a powerful tool, it has already changed the world and will continue.
So let’s keep exploring and changing the world – let’s create the world that we would like our-self to live in.
We are one.
written by Tanya and Gagarin.
By putting this information at psybient.org we are in no way advise people to experiment with this or other entheogens. However, we truly believe in the importance of discovering of this molecule, as well as in the high impact that this event made on modern society.
If you are new to this subject, we propose you to read wikipedia page and look for more information in internet.
These books are also highly advised to read then:
1) LSD – Mein Sorgenkind (LSD – My Problem Child)by Albert Hofmann
2) The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley with detailed and mindpenetrating reflections during the mescaline trip.
3) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe about Merry Pranksters and their full power hedonistic trip in the psybus.