• In 1953, little is known about the effects of mescalin or how it works, though it has been used for religious and recreational purposes by Native Americans for centuries. All that is known is that it seems to alter the psychological state of the user without any long-term side effects.
• The author volunteers to participate in an experiment to document the physical and psychological effects of mescalin. He is accompanied by a researcher and his wife and takes the drug in his home.
• An English psychiatrist discovers in the early 1950s that mescalin has a chemical makeup similar to that of adrenaline and that the effects of mescalin can be duplicated by administering adrenochrome, a derivative of adrenalin.
• Huxley believes that people are naturally introspective, but they see themselves in a certain way and are reluctant to share that view with others, or to accept that others' views...
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