The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things – Richard Vine

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Spoiler alert: this article discusses the plot of season one of Stranger Things.

With its blend of 1980s nostalgia, pesky kids on BMXs, Stephen King-style small town horror and pulsing synth soundtrack, Stranger Things has been one of the TV hits of the summer.

But just as strange as its plot about a missing child, a freaky Demogorgon monster, the bizarre Upside Down parallel dimension and Winona Ryder’s obsession with Christmas lights is the story behind Project MKUltra, the real-life inspiration for the show’s shadowy government research facility.

When police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) uncovers a reference to MKUltra in the evil Dr Brenner’s past (thanks to a diligent search of microfiche newspaper cuttings), it’s a nod to viewers that series creators, the Duffer brothers, were drawing not just their love of Spielberg but also a moment when truth was as strange as fiction.

As Matt Duffer has said, Stranger Things evolved from being a paranormal story about a missing child when they started “talking about some of the mysterious government experiments that … were happening at the tail end of the cold war, right when rumoured [projects] like MKUltra were ramping down”.

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Source: The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things | Television & radio | The Guardian

The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence

(Written by Seth Ferranti)

Convicted of making obscene amounts of LSD at a former nuclear missile silo, William Leonard Pickard—aka “The Acid King”—was sentenced to life without parole in the federal prison system in 2003.

Now 70 years old, Pickard is still steadfastly fighting this unjust and inhumane sentence, trying to regain his freedom. He’s doing so with the help of his exceptional intellectual arsenal. An alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, with degrees in chemistry and public policy, he was formerly a research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, a fellow of the Interfaculty Initiative on Drugs and Addictions at Harvard, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA.

In November 2000 the DEA raided the LSD lab inside Atlas E, the old nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Kansas, after a tip from an informant—the man who owned the silo, who was granted immunity by the prosecution in return for his testimony against Pickard.

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Source: The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence | TheInfluence

Inside the Resurgence of Discordianism – the Chaotic, LSD-Fuelled Anti-Religion

The concept was conceptualised in the mid-1960s and adopted by hippies, psychonauts and future countercultural icons. Now, it’s coming back, in the form of a massive party in the South Yorkshire Woodland.

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Source: Inside the Resurgence of Discordianism – the Chaotic, LSD-Fuelled Anti-Religion | VICE | United Kingdom

Alan Watts Articulates an LSD Trip

“One of my earliest experiences with LSD was also one of my most powerful and transformative. At the peak, I was unable to tell whether I had my eyes open or closed, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘If there is no difference between the inside and the outside, where am I?'” – Alan Watts

Science Visualizes LSD’s Effects on Brain for the First Time – Faye Sakellaridis

Groundbreaking brain scans show how LSD lights up the entire brain with activity, making it less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby.

Read the rest via – Source: Science Visualizes LSD’s Effects on Brain for the First Time – Reality Sandwich