Aldous Huxley

The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

Osmond responded to Huxley with:

"To fathom Hell or soar angelic,
Just take a pinch of psychedelic"

This was the first time the term psychedelic was used. Osmond combined the words psyche (mind, soul, spirit) and dēlos (clear, manifest) from the Greek language to properly describe the experiences from these substances. Psychedelic translates to mind manifesting.

Law of Reversed Effort (The Backwards Law)

Law of Reversed Effort (The Backwards Law)

The harder we try the less we shall succeed. This is the most simple way to explain the law of reversed effort. The 'backwards law' is talked about by two influential philosophers, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts. These two philosophers took notice to the phenomenon that occurs when conscious will is applied to achieve results. If one is to apply more conscious effort in hopes of increased results, he will run into diminishing returns for his effort. More effort does not equate to better results.