Well, not sure i agree with you on this one Mqurice.....
for a number of reasons.
first i offer once again verse from the Wisdom of Sirach (chapter 38)
38:4The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. 38:5 Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
38:6 And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.
38:7 With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains.
38:8 Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,
ayahuasca is a brew made from combining two different plants. it is unknown exactly how the natives figured out how the two together would work -- unless you accept their explanation: "the forest told them."
many people have testified to having life altering (for the better) experiences.
Mullis details his experiences synthesizing and testing various psychedelic amphetamines and a difficult trip on DET in his autobiography. In a Q&A interview published in the September, 1994, issue of California Monthly, Mullis said, "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." During a symposium held for centenarian Albert Hofmann, "Hofmann revealed that he was told by Nobel-prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis that LSD had helped him develop the polymerase chain reaction that helps amplify specific DNA sequences." Replying to his own postulate during an interview for BBC's Psychedelic Science documentary, "What if I had not taken LSD ever; would I have still invented PCR?" He replied, "I don't know. I doubt it. I seriously doubt it."
And for a trip down memory lane, sauced with a good laugh for us Muppets, for your reading pleasure I now present you with the Squid's 10 year Treasury interest rate prognostications it made on 12/10 - 3.3% by today. And US growth? Glad you asked: 4% by mid 2012.
The reasoning by its Global Macro and Markets Team, presumably the slickest, smartest BSDs on Wall St:
"5. After being bullish on the direction of government bond yields for the past 18 months, in October we first signalled that the cyclical trough for longer-dated yields was upon us (we forecast 10-yr Treasury at 2.5% for the previous quarter). Going forward, we now see 10-yr yields in the major markets modestly rising, led by real rates. This entails bonds being in a ‘bear market’ over the forecast horizon, but one which should not pull the rug from under a pro-cyclical stance, as inflation and central banks remain friendly. We forecast 10-yr US Treasuries and German Bunds at 3.25% by end-2011, and JGBs trading at 1.5%. We have pencilled in a further 50bp sell-off across the major three markets in 2012. These forecasts are consistent with our forward-looking ‘fair value’ paths implied by our Bond Sudoku valuation model. More specifically, plugging in our macro and policy projections over the next two years implies a gradual pick-up in equilibrium yields from 2.75%-3.00% currently to the 3.50%-3.75% range for US Treasuries and German Bunds, and around 4.0% for 10-yr Gilts."