5 Geniuses more drugged than brained

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There is no denying the fact that the word ‘Drug’ acquires a quite notorious meaning in the minds of people and yes, for obvious reasons. When one comes across the term ‘drug user’, they immediately think of people who use drugs as a matter of circumstances. However, drugs are surely to be blamed for the ill effects, mainly the depressive effects they have on the human body, disrupting lives of many people, there are some drugs that are considered beneficial for health, and some psychedelic drugs that are known to cause hallucinations, mentally affecting people (in a positive way), altering their perspectives and holding credits for revolutionary events in the history of the world.

Here are some geniuses that owe their success to Drugs:

1. Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud–

A famous psychologist, physiologist, medical doctor, and an influential thinker of the early twentieth century, Sigmund Freud is known as the ‘Father of Psychoanalysis’. He is the mind behind the theory that ‘mind is complex energy system, the structural investigation of which is the proper province of psychology’. Freud’s wonder drug was Cocaine. In a letter, he wrote , “ If all goes well, I will write an essay on cocaine and I expect it will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine… I take very small doses of it regularly against depression with the most brilliant of success. There is definitely a link between intellectual capacity and this drug’s use”. Well, cocaine is not so bad after all, provided, its proper use.

2. Francis Crick

Francis Crick

Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning ‘Father of Modern Genetics’, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced the double helix structure of DNA nearly 50 years ago. Crick and his co-researcher James Watson, celebrated the moment by running through the streets of Cambridge, announcing over pints of beer that they had found the secret of life. Crick used to take small doses of LSD, that helped him to boost his powers of thought and it was this psychedelic, which he owed his success to. He once told a fellow mate that he actually ‘perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD’. Looks like a good thinking tool.

3. Paul Erdós

Paul Erdós–

The man who only loved numbers, called The Oddball’s Oddball, was one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the twentieth century. Well known for his hyper activity and his habit of working 19 hours a day, even well into the old age, he once said, “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems”. He thanked Amphetamines for his speed and creativity and at the age when most mathematicians had burnt out, his output was certainly impressive.

4. Steve Jobs.

 

Steve Jobs1

Jobs, recognized as the ‘Pioneer of the Micro Computer Revolution’, CEO of Apple Inc.  and the largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios owed most of his success to LSD. Experimenting with the drugs in the 1960s, he believed that it was “one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life.” He believed that people could not understand some of his parts simply because they hadn’t used psychedelics. These were his secret to his passion for perfection.

5. Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan1

An astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life.  Sagan used marijuana to enhance his creativity and generate bold new ideas. Sagan even wrote a novel, ‘Contact’ in 1985, in which he had included a scene where a store in the fictional future, in 1999, France, is selling marijuana imported from other countries. Sadly, he didn’t live long enough to see the legalization era that we are entering in. Indeed,it was only after Sagan’s death that Lester Grinspoon, editor of the classic volume ‘Marijuana Reconsidered,’ revealed that the book’s essay by an anonymous Mr. X, who wrote that “his use of marijuana produced a very rich array of insights”, was in fact penned down by Carl Sagan.

Drugs are wonderful mind-altering poisons that can create history when put to good use. There exists an abstract realm created by psychedelics, helping humans to escape their reality and explore the world to its roots.

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