This week in experiential psychopharmacology
Sean Carroll explains the neurophysics of visual hallucinations.
The next scientific challenge is to explain John Derbyshire's LSD-induced communion with The Platonic Form of the Everly Brothers, or for that matter, his decision to share it at the National Review Online:
DON & PHIL
I'm with you on "Cathy's Clown," Kathryn. The Everly Brothers, in fact, though I think superbly gifted, have an uncomfortable place in my consciousness. Way back in my wasted youth I did, like all the rest of you, a lot of seriously foolish things. One thing I did was mess around with... substances. Well, this included an acid phase. One day I took far too much of the stuff and went into a very peculiar state. One feature of it was that it had a **sound track**; and the main thing I remember about the sound track was Don & Phil singing "Dream." The creepy thing was the ABSOLUTELY PERFECT quality of the recording (all this inside my head, of course). It was as faultlessly clear -- every word, every note -- as if they were there in the room with me. And it was on a loop, over and over.
I have never felt the same about the Everlies since. Why that particular song came to me in that particular state, I have no idea.