Drugs and Creativity

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  1. abraxas

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    Do drugs help us enhance or inhibit creativity and our expression of such?

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    It has been proven in psychological studies that, at least, marijuana stimulates parts of the brain that show creative potential. Only during the actual high effect though, and it disappears when the high is gone.

    The problem is you cannot just say "drugs", and you have to be specific to classes of drugs. Such as depressants, hallucinogens, entheogens, stimulants, etc.
     
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    never really TRIED being creative while on "drugs" but i'd probably agree... you can think of some really cool things while you're high
     
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    I don't do drugs but I do believe music can fuel creativity. When I work on graphics and I listen to some heavy drum & bass music I can make some of my best work.
     
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    Heavy drum and bass? Like Phetsta and Pendulum?
     
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    I'll have to ask my uncle if he got creative when he was one of Leary's paid test subjects at Harvard in the '50s.
     
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    When I was in college I swore up and down weed helped my creativity. As I look back I feel it inhibited it. Certainly killed my motivation. These days I need a clear head to be creative.

    For me weed and beer is more for the mental relaxation. Tripping is a whole other story. Kind of gave up on that as well.

    Love & Bass
     
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    yea and like london elektricity, logistics, my favorite right now is the prodigy people- voodoo people (pendulum remix)
     
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    OMG!!! I love that song!!

    I listen to mostly intelligent Drum and Base though, not much of the harder stuff. Mostly stuff off of the Hospital Label.
     
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    Does the name "Edgar Allan Poe" mean anything to you?
     
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    I think something like smoking dope etc could change how you perceive a subject/situation so may be creative in a way that you might have discounted taking a pic of the subject/situation if you'd been straight.

    I think though getting how you've perceived it across to everyone else who's veiwing it (who are most likely all straight) may be more difficult.
     
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    Yes Drum & Bass is always, always good. Heavy stuff like (old) Noisia, Teebee, Caylk and Dieselboy gets my creative juices flowing. Hospital Records stuff I find more suitable to serious post production.

    Interesting side note: Pendulum (live set) will be at Coachella Music Fest here in California April, 25. HOLLA!!!!!!!

    Love & Bass
     
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