Lesson 1 (from Book 1)
When Huxley participated in this experiment, little was known about the effects and safety of mescalin. The objective of this lesson is to discuss why Huxley was willing, and in fact eager, to put himself at risk to try out the drug.
1) Writing assignment: In one to two paragraphs, have students answer the following questions: What was known about mescalin as of 1953 when Huxley participated in his experiment? What was the purpose of the experiment?
2) Group discussion: Divide students into groups and have them discuss the following questions: Why was Huxley willing, and even eager, to participate in this experiment? What did he hope to accomplish by participating? What were the risks of the experiment?
3) Class discussion: Discuss the questions students worked on in groups. In addition, have them discuss the following questions: Huxley mentions his wife as being present for the experiment. How...
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