Major discoveries made while on drugs

Since the dawn of the 20th century, the following phrase has been imprinted into the mind of every child: Drugs Are Bad. But one is naturally lead to question the premise of this notion because how can something cause so much euphoria and not be good for you? Is happiness not a good thing? Is it possible that these mystic chemicals could unravel parts of the human psyche whereby you could discover the undiscovered? Let us tread on these waters (without tripping) and look for answers.

1) The structure of DNA

Francis Crick, the nobel-prize winning genius whose famed discovery lead to the genesis of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he discovered the double-helix structure of DNA. Crick is often quoted as saying Crick had told him that some Cambridge academics used LSD in tiny amounts as a thinking tool, to liberate them from preconceptions and let their genius wander freely to new ideas. Crick told him he had perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD. which goes hand-in-hand with the fact that he was a firm believer and devotee of the works of Aldous Huxley, who is the author Doors of Perception in which he wrote as a series of filters on it that basically prevent abstract thought (evolution put them there for the sake of survival, since having daydreams about the nature of the universe while driving can cause you to plow into a semi). But Huxley and Crick thought drugs like mescaline and LSD could temporarily remove those filters.

However, it is crucial to note that Crick was a genius. To fathom a model such as the double-helix required a high set of theoretical, analytical, spatial thinking and preexisting knowledge. The intellect was always present, LSD was merely a catalyst in the thought process.

2) Coke-a-Cola

Back in the 1820’s, when the world was flat, Adam and Eve ventured the planet, and the plague was conquering Europe, there was one common factor that tied the peripheries of life together: Soda.
Like any important thing in the course of history, this sacred liquid was carefully formulated to excite the taste buds, and alter your heart and brain chemistry so you fall in love with it. John Pemberton found a nice way around this predicament. The Atlanta pharmacist that invented Coca Cola  claimed that the key ingredient, Cocoa leaf, could cure everything from nervousness to depression. You know what else does that? Cocaine.  Coca is the leaf that produces cocaine, and John Pemberton was incredibly enthusiastic about its "health benefits." And like any great entrepreneur, he was willing to risk his business on the basis of this unproven hypothesis.

400 billion cans of coca cola are sold every year.

3) Steve jobs credited his success to LSD

A quote from Steve Jobs to New York Timesreporter John Markoff. Speaking about psychedelics, Jobs said, “Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” He was hardly alone among computer scientists in his appreciation of hallucinogenics and their capacity to liberate human thought from the prison of the mind. Jobs even let drop that Microsoft’s Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once.” Apple’s mantra was ”Think different.” Jobs did. And he credited his use of LSD as a major reason for his success.

4) Freuds invention of psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, and a primary assumption of Freudian theory is that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect. So the goal of psychoanalysis is to make the unconscious conscious. Although his theories are very controversial, they still created an entire branch of medicine and formed the basis of modern day psychology.

Freud, however, was a man obsessed with Cocaine. He used to prescribe it to friends, consume it himself, write thesis’ on the magnificence of the drug, and work at his best while under its influence. He sat on a couch high out of his mind, listening to people pour out their emotions, while he scribbled on his notepad. Remind you of something?

Freud was the father of all shrinks.

 5) Genesis of Reggae

First thing that pops to mind when “Reggae Music” is mentioned is a faded image of Bob Marley with a blunt in his mouth – and if you’re extra artsy, you might even envision a beach in the background.

The fact of the matter is, cannabis is and was integral to the growth of Rastafarian music/culture. quickly became the soundtrack to an increasingly politicised young Jamaica. With the arrival of bands such as the Pioneers and the Wailers (featuring Peter Tosh and Bob Marley), the nascent reggae scene began to embrace sociopolitical and religious themes and, particularly, the growing influence of Rastafarianism on Jamaican youth. The smoking of cannabis in its purest form (grass, or ganja, as opposed to pot) became as intrinsic a part of the Rasta's holy trinity as the Ethiopian flag and the choppy skank of reggae's rhythm guitar. For Rastas, the smoking of herb or ganja is a spiritual act, often an accompaniment to bible-reading, with reggae the musical backbeat to both the religion and the way of life.

Just so you can feel momentary engagement to this culture, I offer you some Bob Marley:

6) Paul Erdos Math papers were published while he was on amphetamines

Paul Erdos - a man who spared no time for frivolities such as sex, movies, art, or fiction – was a man only a few homosapiens can claim to have been. His biographer writes “Paul Erdös was one of those very special geniuses, the kind who comes along only once in a very long while yet he chose, quite consciously I am sure, to share mathematics with mere mortals”

Erdos begun his journey in the vast field of mathematics when he was merely a child. At the young age of three he could multiply three-digit numbers in his head, and at four he discovered negative numbers. But the pursuit to greatness and the obsession with maths, a love more poignant that most humans can claim to have felt in their lifetimes, led him to putting in 19 hour days, keeping himself fortified with 10 to 20 milligrams of Benzedrine or Ritalin, strong espresso, and caffeine tablets. He was famously quoted for saying “"A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems." His addiction to amphetamines did cause raise concerns amongst his peers, but he was not a man to distance himself from Maths for a few hours of sleep. When friends urged him to slow down, he always had the same response: "There'll be plenty of time to rest in the grave."

He wrote or co-authored 1,475 academic papers, a significant proportion of which offered breakthroughs in the field and were reputed to be monumental. Even in his seventies there were years when Erdos published fifty papers, which is more than most good mathematicians write in a lifetime. 

If you love something as much as Erdos loved Maths, it’s worth the sacrifice.
He lived up to witness the blissful age of 83.

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