Are Drugs GOOD For You? (Kirby + Aldous Huxley) – 8-Bit Philosophy

Are Drugs GOOD For You? (Kirby + Aldous Huxley) – 8-Bit Philosophy


Smack, dope, speed, crank, ice, bars, brown,
benzos, uppers, downers and in-between-ers As former Harvard psychologist Timothy
Leary so candidly said: “Turn on, Tune in, drop out.” But years before Hunter S. Thompson took a
trip to Vegas full of fear and loathing— English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley
wrote The Doors of Perception, an essay where he touts the use of psychotropic drugs after
testing them on his favorite subject: himself. But the question remains: Apart from medical applications, what are drugs good for? In the spring of 1953 Huxley took what he
describes as “four-tenths of a gram of mescalin dissolved in a glass of water
and sat down to wait for the results.” Afterwards he listened to classical music,
perused through a collection of paintings, went on a car ride, walked through a garden,
stared at chair legs and his trousers for extended periods of time and most importantly,
recorded the entire experience. He describes that: “In the final stage of
egolessness there is an “obscure knowledge” that All is in all—that All is actually
each. This is as near as a finite mind can ever come to “perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.” Far out. What Aldous experienced was ego-loss— an
understanding of self as non-self—an apprehension of reality that transcends language—what
he called “suchness” of reality—the experience of reality as is. Far beyond the
language that we use to explain the beauty of a flower— the drug enabled him to experience
the unfiltered essence of the objects; a sort of peek behind the curtain—kind of like
having access to a line of code from a game. For Huxley, this is how we ought to experience reality. We should understand our connectedness as a as a collective entity outside our “selves;”
that we are all capable of understanding all knowledge in the universe. But in an evolutionary move our central nervous
system considers this feeling, or trip, if you will, to be dangerous, and thus, filters
out this experience. Since we are at first animals who depend on survival, it isn’t very helpful to stare transfixed at the wonders of a rose petal
if a tiger is chasing you. Mescaline, the active agent in Peyote, limits
or disrupts the filtering function of the central nervous system and opens up the possibility
of understanding all things—it creates an encounter with the mind at large—it gets
you completely and utterly frickin’ high, man. Huxley argues that drug use is a natural human
impulse or desire for escape—it serves as a momentary respite from the suffering of
everyday life. Psychedelic drugs have been around since before civilization… sprang up. The drug as sacrament is one of the central components of many spiritual or religious rituals. Huxley (and in some instances, Native
American tribes) thinks Peyote is an integral part of invigorating spiritual relationships. Huxley’s experience of opening a door in
the wall of perception challenged his understanding of the importance of human relationships,
language, and control over the world that we live in. But we are educated to be biased against drug
use—there is a stigma against the exploration of inner space. It’s looked at with disdain,
and regarded as non-scientific. People prefer the study of language, concepts and rationality.
For Huxley this is a failure in the way that we think about reality because even a bad
trip has the possibility to shatter your conception of life in a way that makes you a much better
person. Anyone who’s dropped acid before a dentist visit can attest… sometimes you have a bad trip But is the possibility of one bad trip worth missing out on experiencing all of the knowledge in the universe?

100 Comments on "Are Drugs GOOD For You? (Kirby + Aldous Huxley) – 8-Bit Philosophy"


  1. Not all drugs were created equal folks! If you huff jenkem looking for the secrets of the universe, you're gonna have a bad time.

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  2. The drug didn't actually give him any new information. It didn't give him the ability to understand everything in the Universe. It gave him the illusion that he could which is all drugs do. You can experience a flower just as he did without needing to use a drug. If you are using a drug to escape you are falling into a trap.

    I am not against drug use like marijuana. Just know recreational drugs can and do often make life harder and not better. You are taking a gamble by using them and negative consequences can be huge. Is a short term high or escape really worth it?

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  3. How is it we are expected to take the testimonies of people using peyote, DMT, or LSD as valid?  "Trust me, I'm drunk.", is not a phrase which engenders faith in the speaker.  Why is being high or stoned out of your mind a shortcut to wisdom & credibility?  Yes, people who have used DMT claim extraordinary experiences.  Why not?  They ingested a substance known to cause hallucinations.  Why on Earth should we consider information from their trips to be useful as anything other than entertainment?

    Someone ask Bill Gates if he, Wozniak, & Jobs were tripping balls when they invented the pc & changed the modern world.

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  4. I would argue against these assertions. For starters, how can one know that what they see when they are high is closer to "how the universe actually is?" What actually "is" the universe, and what is the useful way to look at it? maybe by altering your perceptions, all one is doing is clouding how the universe "truly" is, and is simply mistaking that for the realities of the universe. Also, even if we were to, as the video claims we should try to, "research" those phoenimons of being high, what good would that do for us? It would not advance society any further than we are in any practical, useful sense, so therefor it would be a pointless endeavor. Finally, many drugs simply have terrible heath effects on the body, or can lead to violent outbursts by certain people.

    Just to get this out there, I am not super against drugs, personally I think weed should be legal as its effects on heath are negligible, especially compared to tobacco or alcohol. However, I do think that there is very little use for "hard" drugs outside of entertainment or medical purposes, and many of them have side effects so bad that they are not even worth doing for those reasons.

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  5. great description of psychedelics I couldn't ever explain it better :p … i usually end up saying it's impossible to explain

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  6. yeah everybody should do drugs go smoke some meth or inject heroin it's not u will be at the risk of dying or that it will permanent damage to your brain & body

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  7. Lol Im just scrolling reading how everyone thinks doing drugs opens you mind lol. This has to be the funniest comment section in youtube.

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  8. "is the chance of a bad trip worth missing out on experiencing the knowledge of all"

    Well, first off, and I don't want to focus on that, just because you perceive things much differently while on acid, doesn't necessarily mean that what you're experiencing is the ultimate truth.
    Secondly, I've never done acid before and I doubt I ever will, because I do honestly think that the chance of a bad trip ruining your life is a big risk. I've had two friends who had their life ruined after tripping on LSD once. One of them never returned from the trip and fell into a comma a few days later, only to die during that week. The other one has had crippling depressions since then and he's like a totally different person.
    Now, I know that this doesn't speak for everybody who tries acid. Many other friends of mine have been perfectly fine after LSD and shrooms, but still, one bad trip is enough of a risk.

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  9. I find it strange that none of the people/schools of thought that argue against Huxley's point is brought up at all. You know, just a fleeting mention, since the list is quite large and they oppose him directly. I feel this video is more a statement than a question.

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  10. You kind of forget most of the experience once you come back from the trip. So you don't really learn shit, apart from feeling like you did

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  11. Well, Selling Weapons to countrys with high conenctration of terrorism is not smart either, but…. oh no… wait…

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  12. Found a youtube video that a epitomises my philosophy, not just that but there's a fucking book on it!! saves me the time of writing one😂

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  13. If Huxley was in favour of the use of drugs then why did he write a dystopian novel in which all beauty and meaning of life is destroyed while the entire world population is high on drugs?

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  14. If he loved taking all these drugs, maybe he was enlightening but more likely he was a drug addict and then it is quite clear why he praises the drugs so much 😲

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  15. As someone who fully supports the application of psychedelics in therapeutic and even social settings, I have to also mention that sober life is important. The disconnect and the ability to analyse minutia at such a level is not healthy for habitual use.
    With psychedelics it's good because most people get taught that very quickly due to the introspection level of the drug ("holy shit man I should not be doing this often" repeated a hundred thousand times in your head kinda does that), but some people, especially newcomers to psys, will have one or two glowing experiences and treat it like any other recreational drug such as booze or cocaine, sometimes moreso because (classical) psychedelics do not physically harm you whatsoever.
    There is no point in reflecting on life unless you can apply it. There is no point in breaking free of conventional thinking if you take a drug so often it becomes your conventional thinking. They're fantastic and can be used to help treat addiction, PTSD, fear of death, and many other possibilities, but too much is real goddamn bad for you mentally. If anyone watching this video has just got into psys, or is thinking of doing it, be cautious, read up on it a lot, Set, Setting is important, and don't do it often because it can really stick you in a bad place. I've seen it happen to a few friends and it's real sad

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  16. I've never heard anybody else describe the experience this well, besides Terence McKenna.

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  17. Good vid but really once people start getting blown out of their mind in the current modern technological world accidents (extreme) happen. Go legalization though!

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  18. this is wonderful! Restores my faith in our culture, at least for tonight. Thanks!

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  19. there is biggest drug that people in the world still consume today. Its called religion. Ha

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  20. Can someone please mention what game the background at 3:51 is from? I've been trying to remember for years. Was a lil indie PC game from some time ago where everything starts nice and cutesy and gets more grotesque as time goes on. Cool feel.

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  21. one draw back to the "essence" of an item, you need a case study. Give 100 people Mescaline equally based on body weight (each physiology is different so weight is as close as we can get), they them each look at an item at the same time (for similar environment) then tell a researcher what they think the "essence" of said item is.

    If they virtually all said they same thing then we have proof Mescaline and other drugs can show us a more vivid reality, if there is significant difference, then everything is our own head and not actual reality.

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  22. Folks who are interested in this view of things might wanna check out "A new earth" by "Eckhart Tolle".

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  23. The video was shallow. Some people take acid and they don't come back. Drug abuse had ruined many lives. While drugs are worthy of study, lets not romanticize them promising people "the secrets of the universe" and all this other crap.

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  24. i like to call this concept "mind over dank", Dank being the absolute most positive aspects of the universe! Intelligence, creativity! Civilization! nirvana! And to go onto the path of becoming the absolute best human being you can be! you must explore your ability to master the dank arts! Ideally you would want to reach near permanent nirvana! where you have a perfect regiment of drug use! (for an average human male over 15 this would be 10 tokes of average quality kush, or 5 of medical grade hybrids, per day.)

    you would make sure that you use clean tools and a clean product responsibly! to heal pain or motivate you! Recreational use should only be advised if you dont have immediate responsibilities, and preferably try to aquire natural plant-derived products! especially if they are legal, to mitigate the risk of health problems and potentially traumatizing trips.

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  25. People keep getting hung up on the "knowing everything about the universe" part so let me offer my interpretation of that. It's not so much that you are literally aware of everything that happens in the universe but you become much more aware of what's going on. When I took LSD I was suddenly hyper aware that everything was living its own life separate from my own. At one point a plane flew overhead and I became fascinated at the prospect that hundreds of people were going hundreds of miles an hour to some unknown destination. Some of them might be going on a long awaited vacation while others might be visiting dying family members. While tripping wildlife become much more alive. The squirrels were no longer these simple creatures, but complex beings with their own subjective experience of existence. Trees were no longer rigid lifeless structures but beings that were very clearly and obviously alive. Huxley was probably a bit dramatic with his depictions but there really is something to it that makes you much more aware of the universe you are living in

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  26. Although you should proceed with caution, and be educated on the substances you use. I personally believe that sone drugs allow you to simply perceive a new version of reality and that can always be a learning experience.

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  27. Yeah, 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenylethylamine is one of the best medicine's. It's very effective at showing you what you are doing wrong with your life and how to change it in the gentlest way possible.

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  28. 0:56 – 2:30
    I already understand this spiritual stuff without even the need for drugs. You don't need to do drugs experience spirituality. If anything you'll probably end up schizophrenia after one bad acid trip.

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  29. Yes, but is experiencing all of the knowledge in the universe worth going to hell?

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  30. Drugs don't make you understand anything. They just make you feel like you do. They're a cheap shortcut to self-gratification for losers.

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  31. Gives off a bit of a CoBrA feeling, seeing things without the mental filter we humans are born and nurtured with. The binairy representation of Huxleys view behind the curtain is also a bit ironic, since there is a popular claim that we humans see everything in ones and zeros, either it is this thing, or it is not this thing. Everything is either a chair, or not a chair, for example.

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  32. Concepts and rationality aren't against psychedelics. Concepts and rationality seem to be lacking to the study of the subxontioisn mind because it can't be measured physically. Also, phsycadelics are illegal and the research in their effects in practically non-existent.

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  33. You are, of course, experiencing the universe inside your own head every moment of every day. There is a school of thought that says the the individual person is a microcosm of the entire universe; sort of a synecdoche of the "all that is." As the video points out, we have cultural and evolutionary blocks designed to keep us from the sort of broad, limitless perception that would allow us to perceive the complexity and interconnectedness – the "suchness" of the all-that-is. Those who believe that drugs are helpful believe that the drugs temporarily suspend those blocks, and perceive the universe without our inbred and habitual barriers. Many people who have been the subjects of psychedelic experiences in controlled environments report that the experience was life-changing.

    Or maybe they're just tripping balls and enjoying the chemical carnival ride. Who can say? In any event, more experimentation under scientifically controlled conditions is legally difficult, and difficult to get funding for. Given the extensive cultural history of using psychedelic experiences, it seems to me that more controlled experiments would be helpful.

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  34. I was high when I watched this which caused me to notice that you used a bit from the game NARC which made me happy cuz I played that a lot when I was younger.

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  35. You'll never attain "all the knowledge in the universe", there will always remain things of wich you have no knowledge and no way of gaining that knowledge.

    This guy clearly got deluded aftet he short-circuited his brain on drugs, this seems like a petty attempt at rediscovering spirituality but only in a 'scientific' manner.

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  36. So I’m expected to believe that just because Huxley experienced these things, I will too? Get real. If medicine men were so wise and valuable for their years of non-regulated(illegal) drug use why aren’t we valuing them in this age of logical/pragmatic rational? They were valuable in previous times because the rational was lacking any scientific backing

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  37. Some people believe you can alter your mental state by willpower and/or meditation alone…"drugs" are kind of like short-cuts which may have side effects.

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  38. The main problem with drugs is when people run away into that other place and ignore reality altogether. You have to have balance.

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  39. Aldous Huxley also wrote the terrifying "Brave New World" which was clearly anti-drug.
    Look, drugs can open your mind to a new experience. But overall the body was made perfect and doesn't need them.
    You can irreversibly damage your brain or create addictions if you take hard drugs.
    This video being pro-drug is kind of insane on youtube.

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