Cultural Negotiation


A University of California - San Francisco Medical Center inderdisciplinary symposium in 1961 raised questions about  "the use of drugs to alter the operation of the mind, taking as a point of reference the extent to which drugs are capable of modifying the chemical structure, the physical action, or the total behavior pattern of the individual.“

Apart from raising concerns about the potential for massive mind control by totalitarian societies, the panelists for the symposium's section about "The influence of drugs on the individual“ emphasized the difference between the mind and the brain to argue that the results of drug application were uncontrollable, and that therefore drugs was unreliable as a means of mass thought control.