On his deathbed, Aldous Huxley asked to be injected with LSD. “All five people in the room,” writes his wife Laura, “said that this was the most serene, the most beautiful death.” She wrote about the experience in this letter to his family.
At the beginning of the 1950s the developed world began in earnest its psychedelic research era. Since then these profoundly mind-altering substances have been inextricably associated with paranormal experiences—such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and out-of-body experiences—by many of the researchers who have studied their effects. Currently however, virtually no research is being conducted in this area.