There's another theory on the whole 'people who are inclined to taking it' and 'getting another perspective thing'. Someone made this point over the weekend, and it stood up to my experiences anyway. And that's that the people who are inclined to really enjoy acid and want to take it quite alot...also generally aren't the most intelligent people you know. Not stupid, but just not the geniuses they might like to think they are. So they can deal with this mind bending experience and it feels like it's opened their eyes etc. Whereas the really intelligent people that you know, while they might feel like it's given them a different perspective, will more than likely freak out on it. Probably because they're always thinking too much already, and then combine that with hallucinogens and you're gonna have a bad tiiiime.
That theory doesn't hold up when you look at all the scientists and philosopher types who take it.
I think it's more an issue of how much the feeling of not being in control scares you.
Inclined to agree with this. Don't know how you can say that if you're intelligent you're going to get freaked out on acid because you think too much. Could be all good thoughts going round in that head
Some people are just mentally equipped to handle the things
I've only tried acid once, didn't have a life changing experience, but did have one of the funniest nights of my life
I've seen people absolutely lose the plot on mushrooms too, going back to what people were on about earlier in the thread. Reasonably intelligent, definitely a lot of insecurity issues (he's a good friend of mine), and the poor c*nt ended up hugging a lamppost in Amsterdam crying for a couple of hours!
The environment makes a pretty big deal first time too, I think, because you need to be thinking positively while observing the changes and whatnot.
I kinda completely lost reality one time I mixed acid and weed (which I think was my first time smoking that), but it just felt like a really long bus journey, sitting there and not having a clue what to do with my time until it died down. If I was in a remotely intimidating environment that time I'd've probably started running or something.
Being level-headed and naturally rational is probably a lot more important than any other kind of measure of intelligence.
The "but just not the geniuses they might like to think they are" probably applies more to people who talk on them, uttering absolute garbage about spiritual stuff, once someone starts into that crap the whole thing becomes relentlessly boring.