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Albert Hofmann

Geburtstag: 11. Januar 1906
Todesdatum: 29. April 2008
Andere Namen:Альберт Хофманн

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Albert Hofmann war ein Schweizer Chemiker, Autor und der Entdecker des LSD.

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Zitate Albert Hofmann

„Es gibt Erlebnisse, über die zu sprechen die meisten Menschen sich scheuen, weil sie nicht in die Alltagswirklichkeit passen und sich einer verstandesmäßigen Erklärung entziehen.“

—  Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Vorwort, S. 7; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Himmel und Hölle ist im Menschen. Und es ist so, dass man mit diesem Stoff nun Einblick bekommt in die eigene Hölle oder den eigenen Himmel.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Podiumsdiskussion "Was ist Bewußtseinserweiterung?", Heidelberg, Februar 1996; track 12 auf der audio-CD "Erinnerungen eines Psychonauten: Von der Entdeckung entheogener Drogen" supposé Köln, 2003, ISBN 3-932513-38-X; mit "Stoff" ist LSD gemeint

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„Beim Studium der mit meiner Arbeit in Zusammenhang stehenden Literatur lernte ich die große, allgemeine Bedeutung der visionären Schau kennen.“

—  Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Vorwort, S. 7; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

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„Das könnte in Abwandlung der bekannten Goethe-Worte so ausgedrückt werden: / Wär nicht das Auge sonnenhaft, / Die Sonne könnt' es nie erblicken; / Wär' nicht im Stoff des Geistes Kraft, / Wie könnte Stoff den Geist verrücken.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Brief an Ernst Jünger, Bottmingen, 16. Dezember 1961 in "LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Kap. 11, S. 163; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Dieser Bewußtseinszustand, der unter günstigen Bedingungen durch LSD oder durch ein anderes Halluzinogen aus der Gruppe der mexikanischen sakralen Drogen hervorgerufen werden kann, ist verwandt mit der spontanen religiösen Erleuchtung, mit der unio mystica.“

—  Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Kap. 15 "LSD-Erfahrung und Wirklichkeit", S. 198; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Slowly I came back from a weird, unfamiliar world to reassuring everyday reality.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: Slowly I came back from a weird, unfamiliar world to reassuring everyday reality. The horror softened and gave way to a feeling of good fortune and gratitude, the more normal perceptions and thoughts returned, and I became more confident that the danger of insanity was conclusively past. Now, little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux. It was particularly remarkable how every acoustic perception, such as the sound of a door handle or a passing automobile, became transformed into optical perceptions. Every sound generated a vividly changing image, with its own consistent form and color. Ch. 1 : How LSD Originated

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„And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen?“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: There are experiences that most of us are hesitant to speak about, because they do not conform to everyday reality and defy rational explanation. These are not particular external occurrences, but rather events of our inner lives, which are generally dismissed as figments of the imagination and barred from our memory. Suddenly, the familiar view of our surroundings is transformed in a strange, delightful, or alarming way: it appears to us in a new light, takes on a special meaning. Such an experience can be as light and fleeting as a breath of air, or it can imprint itself deeply upon our minds. One enchantment of that kind, which I experienced in childhood, has remained remarkably vivid in my memory ever since. It happened on a May morning — I have forgotten the year — but I can still point to the exact spot where it occurred, on a forest path on Martinsberg above Baden, Switzerland. As I strolled through the freshly greened woods filled with bird song and lit up by the morning sun, all at once everything appeared in an uncommonly clear light. Was this something I had simply failed to notice before? Was I suddenly discovering the spring forest as it actually looked? It shone with the most beautiful radiance, speaking to the heart, as though it wanted to encompass me in its majesty. I was filled with an indescribable sensation of joy, oneness, and blissful security. I have no idea how long I stood there spellbound. But I recall the anxious concern I felt as the radiance slowly dissolved and I hiked on: how could a vision that was so real and convincing, so directly and deeply felt — how could it end so soon? And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen? It seemed strange that I, as a child, had seen something so marvelous, something that adults obviously did not perceive — for I had never heard them mention it. While still a child, I experienced several more of these deeply euphoric moments on my rambles through forest and meadow. It was these experiences that shaped the main outlines of my world view and convinced me of the existence of a miraculous, powerful, unfathomable reality that was hidden from everyday sight. Foreword http://www.psychedelic-library.org/childf.htm

„Here the notes in my laboratory journal cease. I was able to write the last words only with great effort. By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: 4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of 1/2 promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate. Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless. 17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh. Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00- ca.20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.) Here the notes in my laboratory journal cease. I was able to write the last words only with great effort. By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly. Finally, we arrived at home safe and sound, and I was just barely capable of asking my companion to summon our family doctor and request milk from the neighbors. In spite of my delirious, bewildered condition, I had brief periods of clear and effective thinking — and chose milk as a nonspecific antidote for poisoning. Describing his first deliberate ingestion of LSD on the 19th of April 1943, in Ch. 1 : How LSD Originated http://www.psychedelic-library.org/child1.htm

„In the LSD state the boundaries between the experiencing self and the outer world more or less disappear, depending on the depth of the inebriation.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: What constitutes the essential, characteristic difference between everyday reality and the world picture experienced in LSD inebriation? Ego and the outer world are separated in the normal condition of consciousness, in everyday reality; one stands face-to-face with the outer world; it has become an object. In the LSD state the boundaries between the experiencing self and the outer world more or less disappear, depending on the depth of the inebriation. Feedback between receiver and sender takes place. A portion of the self overflows into the outer world, into objects, which begin to live, to have another, a deeper meaning. This can be perceived as a blessed, or as a demonic transformation imbued with terror, proceeding to a loss of the trusted ego. In an auspicious case, the new ego feels blissfully united with the objects of the outer world and consequently also with its fellow beings. This experience of deep oneness with the exterior world can even intensify to a feeling of the self being one with the universe. This condition of cosmic consciousness, which under favorable conditions can be evoked by LSD or by another hallucinogen from the group of Mexican sacred drugs, is analogous to spontaneous religious enlightenment, with the unio mystica. In both conditions, which often last only for a timeless moment, a reality is experienced that exposes a gleam of the transcendental reality, in which universe and self, sender and receiver, are one. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality

„In spite of my delirious, bewildered condition, I had brief periods of clear and effective thinking — and chose milk as a nonspecific antidote for poisoning.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: 4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of 1/2 promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate. Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless. 17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh. Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00- ca.20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.) Here the notes in my laboratory journal cease. I was able to write the last words only with great effort. By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly. Finally, we arrived at home safe and sound, and I was just barely capable of asking my companion to summon our family doctor and request milk from the neighbors. In spite of my delirious, bewildered condition, I had brief periods of clear and effective thinking — and chose milk as a nonspecific antidote for poisoning. Describing his first deliberate ingestion of LSD on the 19th of April 1943, in Ch. 1 : How LSD Originated http://www.psychedelic-library.org/child1.htm

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