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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.
 
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 ({{w|lysergic acid diethylamide}}) to the control group. LSD is a drug that causes hallucinations and distortions in 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.
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Randall has messed with this process by giving LSD ({{w|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 adds yet another layer of confusion. The product being tested is itself LSD, and since the control group is also under the influence of LSD, both groups act the same.
 
The title text adds yet another layer of confusion. The product being tested is itself LSD, and since the control group is also under the influence of LSD, both groups act the same.

Revision as of 15:58, 19 December 2013

Control
Which, at one point, led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo.
Title text: Which, at one point, led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo.

Explanation

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 adds yet another layer of confusion. The product being tested is itself LSD, and since the control group is also under the influence of LSD, both groups act the same.

Transcript

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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Discussion

Soon followed by psychologists recommending the tested drug as a depressant after looking at the results of the trials. Davidy²²[talk] 02:21, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

This has always bothered me: If LSD Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, why isn't it LAD? What's so special about the S in LySergic that it beats out the A in Acid? Anonymous 01:06, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

It is from the German "Lysergsäure-diethylamid" where "säure" refers to the acidity. 108.162.240.6 14:39, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. Anonymous. 00:10, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
LSD invokes hallucinations, not delirium. By definition, you know when you're hallucinating. Just saying. 108.162.249.111 00:21, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
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