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Neuropsychedelia

Neuropsychedelia 598398 SSS0010.1177/0306312715598398Social Studies of ScienceBook review research-article2015 Book review Social Studies of Science 2015, Vol. 45(4) 620 –622 Neuropsychedelia © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0306312715598398 sss.sagepub.com Stephen T Casper Department of Humanities & Social Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA Nicolas Langlitz, Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research Since the Decade of the Brain (Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles, CA; London: University of California Press, 2013), 316 pp., $65.00, £44.95, ISBN 978-0-520-27481-5 (cloth), $29.95, £19.95, ISBN 978-0-520-27482-2 (paper). Drugs – few topics in the humanities and social sciences inspire so much scholarly com- mentary. Whether in the form of anodynes, palliatives, curatives, enhancers, recreation- als, illicits, placebos, or all of the above, drugs are the stuffs of cultural and political imaginaries. They give rise to Gilgameshian hopes. They are imbued with our collective fears. We regulate our bodies with them, even while inscribing their use by others in moralizing rhetoric. For some, drugs lull us into ‘a false sense of happiness’ that ‘impris- ons our minds’; for others, drugs promise the alluring ‘power to console and compen- sate’, bring ‘visions of another, better world’, and strengthen faith in the Divine (p. 4). Drugs may have rendered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Studies of Science: An International Review of Research in the Social Dimensions of Science and Technology SAGE

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598398 SSS0010.1177/0306312715598398Social Studies of ScienceBook review research-article2015 Book review Social Studies of Science 2015, Vol. 45(4) 620 –622 Neuropsychedelia © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0306312715598398 sss.sagepub.com Stephen T Casper Department of Humanities & Social Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA Nicolas Langlitz, Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research Since the Decade of the Brain (Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles, CA; London: University of California Press, 2013), 316 pp., $65.00, £44.95, ISBN 978-0-520-27481-5 (cloth), $29.95, £19.95, ISBN 978-0-520-27482-2 (paper). Drugs – few topics in the humanities and social sciences inspire so much scholarly com- mentary. Whether in the form of anodynes, palliatives, curatives, enhancers, recreation- als, illicits, placebos, or all of the above, drugs are the stuffs of cultural and political imaginaries. They give rise to Gilgameshian hopes. They are imbued with our collective fears. We regulate our bodies with them, even while inscribing their use by others in moralizing rhetoric. For some, drugs lull us into ‘a false sense of happiness’ that ‘impris- ons our minds’; for others, drugs promise the alluring ‘power to console and compen- sate’, bring ‘visions of another, better world’, and strengthen faith in the Divine (p. 4). Drugs may have rendered

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