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    a strong smell of turpentine throughout."
    Really interesting diary to me. Thanks. I think our culture is deeply hostile to the idea of entheogens. Or to put it another way, our ideas about any altered state are pretty reductionistic: the fact that LSD can be used a party drug, for instance, means that it can only be used as a party drug. I don't have a particular point of view about it, and don't use hallucinogens in any way, for better or worse. But in this case, if Smith was conducting "acid tests", in one form or another, I assume the Mormon Church today would be deeply embarrassed about it, while to me it seems the most convincing thing I've seen about Mormonism as any kind of authentic spiritual experience yet.

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