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The Mescaline experiment: Humphry Osmond and Christopher Mayhew

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Uploaded on Oct 16, 2010

English:
Humphry Osmond was the British psychiatrist who coined the term "psychedelic". This short video documents an experiment in 1955 in which he administered mescaline to Christopher Mayhew, a member of parliament. Mayhew ingested 400mg of mescaline hydrochloride and recorded his experience on camera.
The footage was originally supposed to be broadcast on BBC.
Mayhew himself maintains that it was a genuine mystical experience which "took place outside time" and wanted it to be shown. However, an "expert" committee of psychiatrists, philosophers, and theologians reviewed the footage and reached a unanimous verdict that Mayhew's experience was not a valid mystical experience. So it was never broadcast.

Italiano:
Humphry Osmond è stato lo psichiatra inglese che ha coniato il termine "psichedelico". Questo breve video documenta un esperimento del 1955 in cui lui ha somministrato la mescalina a Christopher Mayhew, un membro del parlamento. Mayhew ingerì 400 mg di cloridrato di mescalina e registrò la sua esperienza con la telecamera.
Il filmato, originariamente, doveva essere trasmesso dalla BBC.
Mayhew sostiene che si trattò di una vera e propria esperienza mistica, che "ebbe luogo fuori dal tempo" e volle che fosse mostrata. Tuttavia, un comitato di "esperti" psichiatri, filosofi e teologi valutarono il filmato e raggiunsero il verdetto unanime che l'esperienza di Mayhew non fu una vera esperienza mistica. Così non fu trasmesso.

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