Zeeber Gold: Humphry Osmond — Psychedelic Memoirs

Today, join us for the sec­ond in our series of clas­sic inter­views from ZBS Foun­da­tion with the movers and shak­ers, artists and musi­cians of the 1960s and 1970s, Zee­ber Gold. The series airs at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 GMT).

Humphry Osmond (1917 — 2004)  was one of the fore­most experts on Psy­che­delics and drug-induced states of con­scious­ness. He was also a psy­chi­a­trist of extra­or­di­nary expe­ri­ence and fore­sight and helped to pio­neer megavi­t­a­min ther­a­py and to bring to doc­tors and lay­men alike an aware­ness of the effects of insti­tu­tion­al archi­tec­ture and envi­ron­ment on the psy­chot­ic mind. He coined the word “psy­che­del­ic” and was the guy who first turned on Aldous Hux­ley.

He tells about that first trip with Hux­ley and about their sub­se­quent attempts to get finan­cial sup­port for the research on hal­lu­cino­gens such as mesca­line, pey­ote, and LSD, which they felt to be so impor­tant. He also tells a very fun­ny sto­ry about he and Hux­ley try­ing to find some­one to han­dle the psy­che­del­ic research and final­ly meet­ing a straight, con­ser­v­a­tive and reli­able young man who seemed fine in every respect except that he might be just a lit­tle too stuffy…his name – Tim­o­thy Leary. Humphry Osmond wrote many books includ­ing “How to Live With Schiz­o­phre­nia” and “Under­stand­ing Under­stand­ing”.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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