Watch the Virtual Reality Recreation of the LSD Trip That Inspired the Whole Earth Catalog, by TIME STAFF

Man looking at Aurora Borealis in north Iceland.


In the spring of 1966, Stewart Brand did 100 micrograms of LSD and sat on top of a roof in San Francisco.

Perched there, he looked toward a curved horizon and imagined the spherical Earth and just how limited resources on our planet are. Out of that psychedelic drug-induced vision, he developed the Whole Earth theory. He campaigned for NASA to release satellite images of the Earth, and created the influential and generation-defining Whole Earth Catalog.

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