Title text: Which, at one point, led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo.
In a product experiment, two groups of people are given a certain pill or lotion. Some people are given the product to be tested, while others (the control group) are given a placebo; nobody is told which group they belong to. The control group acts as a norm for comparison against the others.
Randall has messed with this process by giving LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) to the control group. LSD is a drug that causes hallucinations and distortions in the perception of time and space. Megan, apparently a control, is experiencing spiders in her hallucinations. Since the control group is supposed to reflect what "normally" happens, this is indeed very confusing to the scientists.
The title text suggests that, in a different study, this substitution was performed when the product being tested was itself LSD. This lead to the conclusion that LSD is no more likely to cause hallucinations than a placebo, somehow implying that LSD is safe. We can only hope they were able to redo the test, as in layman's terms "Nonsense MUST be wrong".
- My Hobby:
- [Cueball looks down at his arm calmly, while next to him Megan is violently flailing around in terror. In the foreground, two scientists, one holding a clipboard, look on in puzzlement.]
- Cueball: My rash seems to have shrunk by about 20% today.
- Megan: OH GOD SPIDERS
- Scientists: ???
- Sneaking into experiments and giving LSD to the control group.
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