Psychedelics and the Progress of British Culture & Art

Ancient cave paintings suggest that psychedelic mushrooms were involved in some of the earlist artistic enterprises. (On this subject I recommend a book ‘The Alchemy of Culture’.)

In the modern era, aristic and bohemian sub-cultures have a long-standing asosciation with chemically altered states of consciousness: a great deal of the most popular music of the last century has been created by individuals who do drugs, modern art certainly wouldn’t have been the same without psychedelics.

When we look at the effect that widespread LSD use had on the United States population during the sixties, there was an influx of creative and revolutionary energy. Art became very ‘far-out’ at that point, it was different: to this day, psychedelic artists like Alex Grey gleam some of their inspiration from psychedelic experience.

Psychedelics are known to cause increased creativity. Psychedelic experiences are a rich source of creative material. If used correctly, psychedelics can unblock the creative energy of individual artists.

Since psychedelic art depends, for the most part, on psychedelics: drug prohibition can be seen to limit this form of creative expression. Allowing psychedelics to continue to boost the creativite and artistic talent of the nation progresses our creative industries, our technological and scientific advancement. In many ways our unique British culture is one of our most precious assets, we hold that psychedelics have always been a part of that culture and should be continued to allow to contribute to it.

Money invested in art and culture is highly profitable. Every £1 invested in art generates £2 for the economy. Since creativity is increased: the fields of design, architecture and urban planning are also enhanced. Creativity is good for people. Making music and art is good for psychological well-being and people enjoy appreciating the ever-growing diversity of culture a great deal. Psychedelics contribute to this.

Art is truly a matter of cognitive liberty. Aesthetic action is an expression of cognitive liberty. Cognitive Liberty UK hope that British Arts & Culture will continue to be fueled by our Golden Age of Psychedelics.

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1 comment
  1. Awesome! People who do psychedelics should really not be surprised by this connection. I’m a writer rather than an artist, but the concept still applies. Actually, it’s always stuck with me Terrence McKenna’s theory (described in Food of the Gods) that language was developed with the help of hallucinogenic plants. Supposedly the synesthesia that can result played in where onomatopoeia is concerned. Isn’t that awesome??

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