Gina Perry’s “Behind the Shock Machine”

I recently read Gina Perry’s book Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments which offers a fascinating investigation into Stanley Milgram’s famous experiments on obedience to authority. Perry digs into Milgram’s notes, letters, and book drafts, and also meets with subjects, assistants, and researchers to provide an in-depth look at what is perhaps the best-known …

Hallucinations

I recently finished reading Oliver Sacks’ book Hallucinations. It’s a fascinating look at different types of hallucinatory experiences, from the visual scenes of Charles Bonnet Syndrome to hearing voices and feeling mystical religious ecstasy. In one chapter, Sacks also describes his own youthful experimentation with a number of psychoactive substances (LSD, morning glory seeds, morphine, and more) and he includes stories …