From: David Cake (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 07:28:49 MDT
I've studied enough brain chemistry etc to pretty much back
up Bens point of view.
Sure, some drugs are like hitting with a sledgehammer.
Electro-shock therapy isn't a bad analogy at all - mostly, its very
bad, though every tech support person knows that occasionally a
little 'percussive maintenance' actually helps something that is
already badly broken.
But most psychedelic drugs can be more comparable to
overclocking - can be a reasonable idea if you have a good idea of
what you are doing and what to do if it doesn't work out. And they
can be more like tweaking the software settings or kernel parameters
- not necessarily a good idea for general purpose use, and not
something to charge into with ignorance, but sometimes quite
reasonable for particular purposes.
There certainly are drugs that are very bad for you. Some,
like solvent abuse, astonishingly so, some, like MDMA, probably only
with extreme use. Others, like LSD or N2O, probably do no damage at
all to the majority of consumers, for some perceived psychological
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