A beautiful and objective obituary in the Economist

“Desire to laugh” – that’s what Hofmann managed to scrawl on his lab notebook even as he collapsed from his first self-injected dose of LSD.

He saw it as “the antidote to the ennui caused by consumerism, industrialisation and the vanishing of the divine from human life.

Of course, Timothy Leary changed all that, much to Hofmann’s despair.

His advice to would-be trippers, therefore, was simple. “Go to the meadow, go to the garden, go to the woods. Open your eyes!”


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