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A talk by Reg Hartt: WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD

I knew nothing about LSD beyond what I read and heard about in mass media the first time I dropped acid in 1968. I did everything we are warned not to do. I love bad trips. That is how we learn. I learned a lot.                            

“Reg Hartt has had an amazing impact given the size of the venue and the esoteric nature of the programming. He’s had an incredible impact on the city. No one else is doing it. No one else has ever done it.”–Rob Salem.

“Reg Hartt teaches like Neal Cassady drove a bus.”—Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star.

7pm Wednesday, July 20, 27.                                                                                                                                                                                       

The CineForum. 463 Bathurst Below College across from The Beer Store. 416-603-6643.  Donation $10. B.Y.O.F.D.                                                                                                                                    

This program is open only to my friends. Not yet a friend? Drop by and become one. —Reg Hartt

Thinking of using LSD for the first time? Here are some things to think about

Famous Acid Quotes

    1. “If God dropped acid, would he see people?” ~ Steven Wright
    2. “If you’ve never seen an elephant ski, then you’ve never been on acid.” ~ Eddie Izzard
    3. “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ~ Mark Twain
    4. “I never did acid, I am just so high anyway.” ~ Cilla Black

    5. “Unfortunately it makes the unambiguous determination of triplets by these methods much more difficult than would be the case if there were only one triplet for each amino acid.” ~ Francis Crick
    6. “I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.” ~ Nicolas Cage
    7. “When Culture Club broke up, I hadn’t been going out a lot because we’d been working all the time, so I suddenly had this period of leisure. And it was just around the time that the whole acid house thing kicked off in London.” ~ Boy George
    8. “Life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” ~ Bill Hicks

    9. “There’s a big difference between somebody who does acid on weekends and somebody who takes downers every day.” ~ Tommy Rettig
    10. “There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.” ~ Timothy Leary
    11. “I don’t like alcohol, but I still like to mess around with other stuff occasionally. I think it’s important I take mushrooms and acid. They’re certainly not addictive, so I can’t rule that out.” ~ Evan Dando
    12. “Saying sulfates do not cause acid rain is the same as saying that smoking does not cause lung cancer.” ~ Andrew L. Lewis, Jr.

    13. “Acid wasn’t getting a whole lot of bad press at the time, and as I saw the whole bad-press thing happen, I became aware that the government had done a whole lie on all the other benign drugs as well. It became clear to me that the government wanted no real drug education.” ~ Tommy Rettig
    14. “Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, ‘Lost in Space’? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip.” ~ Tom Berenger
    15. “I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they’re afraid that there’s more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in, and they don’t want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control.” ~ Ken Kesey
    16. “Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    17. “What I really remember is that people camped out everywhere, and the fact everybody expected it might turn into a big nightmare with all sorts of hassles because back in those days everybody was smoking pot and taking acid.” ~ Johnny Ramistella
    18. “I just think we’re living in a time of massive, amazing change, like the Industrial Revolution on acid.” ~ Kelly Lynch
    19. “If you have acid in food, you need to sugar it. At a high temperature, the acids are changed to sugar.” ~ Paul Prudhomme
    20. “Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    21. “I was raised a Christian and was a stone-faced acid head.” ~ Ken Kesey
    22. “When I was a kid, we never heard of smog, ozone depletion, acid rain, greenhouse gasses.” ~ Dennis Weaver
    23. “I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.” ~ Carrie Fisher
    1. “The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction.” ~ Ivan Pavlov

    2. “I propose to provide proof… that just as always an alcoholic ferment, the yeast of beer, is found where sugar is converted into alcohol and carbonic acid, so always a special ferment, a lactic yeast, is found where sugar is transformed into lactic acid. And, furthermore, when any plastic nitrogenated substance is able to transform sugar into that acid, the reason is that it is a suitable nutrient for the growth of the [lactic] ferment.” ~ Louis Pasteur
    3. “I had a very bad time with acid. I did that classic thing of looking in the mirror by mistake and seeing the devil. But I took it several times, because you always think that next time you might have the wonderful time that everyone else is having.” ~ Robbie Coltraine
    4. “A comparison between the triplets tentatively deduced by these methods with the changes in amino acid sequence produced by mutation shows a fair measure of agreement.” ~ Francis Crick
    5. “I’m not regretful about dropping acid, but I could have stopped it a little sooner.” ~ David Carradine

    6. “When I was an art student in the early 60′s before the acid scene began I was smoking pot just like anyone else who was an artist.” ~ Bill Griffith
    7. “It seems likely that most if not all the genetic information in any organism is carried by nucleic acid – usually by DNA, although certain small viruses use RNA as their genetic material.” ~ Francis Crick
    8. “It now seems very likely that many of the 64 triplets, possibly most of them, may code one amino acid or another, and that in general several distinct triplets may code one amino acid.” ~ Francis Crick
    9. “It now seems certain that the amino acid sequence of any protein is determined by the sequence of bases in some region of a particular nucleic acid molecule.” ~ Francis Crick

    10. “We may say that a basic substance is one which has a lone pair of electrons which may be used to complete the stable group of another atom, and that an acid is one which can employ a lone pair from another molecule in completing the stable group of one of its own atoms.” ~ Gilbert N. Lewis
    11. “The basic structure of proteins is quite simple: they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete subunits called amino acids.” ~ Michael Beh
    12. “The meaning of this observation is unclear, but it raises the unfortunate possibility of ambiguous triplets; that is, triplets which may code more than one amino acid. However one would certainly expect such triplets to be in a minority.” ~ Francis Crick
    13. “I think I did every drug known to mankind, smoked crack, boozed, dropped acid, you name it.” ~ Kid Rock

    14. “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.” ~ Bill Hicks , Acid quotes life
    15. “I have to confess that a strong contributing factor was that I had just taken what was probably the first acid ever made, given to me by a guy called Johnny Fellows, who had just returned from America.” ~ Jim Capaldi
    16. “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” ~ Steve Jobs
    17. “Bill Gates’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” ~ Steve Jobs

    1. “LSD…reinforc ed my sense of what was important-creat ing great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” ~ Steve Jobs
    2. “I told [Bill Gates] I believed every word of what I said but that I should never have said it in public. I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” ~ Steve Jobs
    3. “People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I’m not caught up in defining the type of music I play.” ~ Roy Ayers
    4. “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs

    5. “Since hydrogen is a constituent of most of our electrolytic solvents, the definition of an acid or base as a substance which gives up or takes up hydrogen ion would be more general than the one we used before, but it would not be universal.” ~ Gilbert N. Lewis
    6. “It is one of the more striking generalizations of biochemistry – which surprisingly is hardly ever mentioned in the biochemical textbooks – that the twenty amino acids and the four bases, are, with minor reservations, the same throughout Nature.” ~ Francis Crick
    7. “Or like in the early 70’s when we had the reaction against acid rock and all the fuzz tone, and feedback, and the noise. And you had James Taylor and everyone went acoustic and that.” ~ Lester Bangs
  1. “Memories are like stones, time and distance erode them like acid.” ~ Ugo Betti

  2. “Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one-off.” ~ Tommy Cooper
  3. “This seems highly likely, especially as it has been shown that in several systems mutations affecting the same amino acid are extremely near together on the genetic map.” ~ Francis Crick
  4. “We frequently define an acid or a base as a substance whose aqueous solution gives, respectively, a higher concentration of hydrogen ion or of hydroxide ion than that furnished by pure water. This is a very one-sided definition.” ~ Gilbert N. Lewis
  5. “Yes, but personally I was never a big acid head.” ~ Bill Griffith

  6. “A final proof of our ideas can only be obtained by detailed studies on the alterations produced in the amino acid sequence of a protein by mutations of the type discussed here.” ~ Francis Crick
  7. “How is the base sequence, divided into codons? There is nothing in the backbone of the nucleic acid, which is perfectly regular, to show us how to group the bases into codons.” ~ Francis Crick
  8. “Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.” ~ D. H. Lawrence
  9. “In this atmosphere, I soon became interested in nucleic acids.” ~ Frederick Sanger

  10. “There’s a new science out called orthomolecular medicine. You correct the chemical imbalance with amino acids and vitamins and minerals that are naturally in the body” ~ Margot Kidder
  11. “I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, “Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it”.” ~ Harry Nilsson
  12. “The balance of evidence both from the cell-free system and from the study of mutation, suggests that this does not occur at random and that triplets coding the same amino acid may well be rather similar.” ~ Francis Crick
  13. “I don’t do acid anymore, so I travel instead.” ~ Carrie Fisher

  14. “In the Sixties, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, people take Prozac to make it normal.” ~ Damon Albarn
  15. “Alienation is a form of living death. It is the acid of despair that dissolves society.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  16. “Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.” ~ Haruki Murakami

  17. “I thought, ‘My God, this is like Buddy Guy on acid.’” ~ Eric Clapton
  18. “Venice is like doing acid. If you can’t take it with you after you either come down or move away, you were never really there in the first place.” ~ Anne Alexander

Acid, any substance that in water solution tastes sour, changes the color of certain indicators (e.g., reddens blue litmus paper), reacts with some metals (e.g., iron) to liberate hydrogen, reacts with bases to form salts, and promotes certain chemical reactions (acid catalysis).

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