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The Alternative History of LSD
with Richard Weight at the Century Club - Soho W1

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Between leaving the laboratory of Albert Hoffman in 1943 and being banned in 1966, LSD was used by psychiatrists to unlock the subconscious and, covertly, in secret military tests as a combat and interrogation tool.

Since worldwide recreational use of the drug began in the 1960s, it has been inextricably linked to Hippy counter-culture where it was championed as a way of resetting humanity to make the world a better place.

As a result, we’ve lost sight of the way that LSD is just used for fun by a whole range of ordinary yet curious people, with little interest in changing the world. Whether demonised by politicians or romanticised by rebellious ‘psychonauts’, this powerful consciousness-altering drug has an alternative, ‘people’s history’, which this talk will explore.

Richard Weight
Richard Weight is an author, broadcaster and authority on modern Britain, specializing in the national identity of the British people and their relationship with the rest of the world. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC, providing historical perspectives for news and current affairs programmes on radio and television. His forthcomingbook, ‘Pleasure Island’: the History of Drugs in Britain since the 19th Century is due to be published by Oxford University Press. More at richardweight.com

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