If it were up to the visionary Aldous Huxley, best known for penning
Brave New World, the future would be filled with psychedelics—lots of them. Beginning in the 1930s, the imaginative writer participated in experiments (scientific and otherwise) with mescaline and LSD, believing the drugs were a boon to mankind, and that they led the way to a
higher state of consciousness. In the ‘50s, he published
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell about his experiences, which later became cult hippie texts and established him as the godfather, of sorts, of psychedelics. The last words the novelist ever wrote were: "LSD, 100 micrograms I.M."—requesting that his wife, Laura, inject him with the drug on his deathbed.