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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

„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

„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

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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

„Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I attained as a fundamental understanding from all of my LSD experiments: what one commonly takes as "the reality," including the reality of one's own individual person, by no means signifies something fixed, but rather something that is ambiguous — that there is not only one, but that there are many realities, each comprising also a different consciousness of the ego.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I attained as a fundamental understanding from all of my LSD experiments: what one commonly takes as "the reality," including the reality of one's own individual person, by no means signifies something fixed, but rather something that is ambiguous — that there is not only one, but that there are many realities, each comprising also a different consciousness of the ego. One can also arrive at this insight through scientific reflections. The problem of reality is and has been from time immemorial a central concern of philosophy. It is, however, a fundamental distinction, whether one approaches the problem of reality rationally, with the logical methods of philosophy, or if one obtrudes upon this problem emotionally, through an existential experience. The first planned LSD experiment was therefore so deeply moving and alarming, because everyday reality and the ego experiencing it, which I had until then considered to be the only reality, dissolved, and an unfamiliar ego experienced another, unfamiliar reality. The problem concerning the innermost self also appeared, which, itself unmoved, was able to record these external and internal transformations. Reality is inconceivable without an experiencing subject, without an ego. It is the product of the exterior world, of the sender and of a receiver, an ego in whose deepest self the emanations of the exterior world, registered by the antennae of the sense organs, become conscious. If one of the two is lacking, no reality happens, no radio music plays, the picture screen remains blank. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality http://www.psychedelic-library.org/child11.htm

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„I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane. I was taken to another world, another place, another time. My body seemed to be without sensation, lifeless, strange.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane. I was taken to another world, another place, another time. My body seemed to be without sensation, lifeless, strange. Was I dying? Was this the transition? At times I believed myself to be outside my body, and then perceived clearly, as an outside observer, the complete tragedy of my situation. I had not even taken leave of my family (my wife, with our three children had traveled that day to visit her parents, in Lucerne). Would they ever understand that I had not experimented thoughtlessly, irresponsibly, but rather with the utmost caution, and that such a result was in no way foreseeable? My fear and despair intensified, not only because a young family should lose its father, but also because I dreaded leaving my chemical research work, which meant so much to me, unfinished in the midst of fruitful, promising development. Another reflection took shape, an idea full of bitter irony: if I was now forced to leave this world prematurely, it was because of this lysergic acid diethylamide that I myself had brought forth into the world. Ch. 1 : How LSD Originated

„Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: As a path to the perception of a deeper, comprehensive reality, in which the experiencing individual is also sheltered, meditation, in its different forms, occupies a prominent place today. The essential difference between meditation and prayer in the usual sense, which is based upon the duality of creator-creation, is that meditation aspires to the abolishment of the I-you-barrier by a fusing of object and subject, of sender and receiver, of objective reality and self. Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time. It has replaced the ecclesiastical-Christian and mythical-Apollonian world view. But this ever broadening factual knowledge, which constitutes objective reality, need not be a desecration. On the contrary, if it only advances deep enough, it inevitably leads to the inexplicable, primal ground of the universe: the wonder, the mystery of the divine — in the microcosm of the atom, in the macrocosm of the spiral nebula; in the seeds of plants, in the body and soul of people. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality

„Deliberate provocation of mystical experience, particularly by LSD and related hallucinogens, in contrast to spontaneous visionary experiences, entails dangers that must not be underestimated.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: Deliberate provocation of mystical experience, particularly by LSD and related hallucinogens, in contrast to spontaneous visionary experiences, entails dangers that must not be underestimated. Practitioners must take into account the peculiar effects of these substances, namely their ability to influence our consciousness, the innermost essence of our being. The history of LSD to date amply demonstrates the catastrophic consequences that can ensue when its profound effect is misjudged and the substance is mistaken for a pleasure drug. Special internal and external advance preparations are required; with them, an LSD experiment can become a meaningful experience. Wrong and inappropriate use has caused LSD to become my problem child. Foreword

„I know LSD; I don't need to take it anymore.“

—  Albert Hofmann
Context: I know LSD; I don't need to take it anymore. Maybe when I die, like Aldous Huxley. As quoted in "Nearly 100, LSD's Father Ponders His 'Problem Child'" (7 January 2006) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/pageoneplus/world/the-saturday-profile-nearly-100-lsds-father-ponders-his.html<!--nyt only displays pages while user is logged out when http-referrer ~= http://.*google.com/.* -->

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