Kary B. Mullis “Getting down with the molecules”


Mullis stated in an interview: “Back in the 1960s and early ’70s I took plenty of LSD. A lot of people were doing that in Berkeley back then. And I found it to be a mind-opening experience. It was certainly much more important than any courses I ever took” (Schoch, 1994). He claimed that his ability to “get down with the molecules” was facilitated by LSD (Slattery, 2015). Moreover, he writes in his autobiography “The concept that there existed chemicals with the ability to transform the mind, to open up new windows of perception, fascinated me.” (Mullis, 2000, p. 62). Mullis fascination reverberates with the title of Aldous Huxley’s classic book “The doors of perception” (Huxley, 1954) in which Huxley details his extraordinary experience with the ancient psychedelic compound mescaline which was administered to him by the British psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond who coined the term psychedelics.

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