Returning from real-life "madness" to "reel-life," it is rewarding to survey some of the fictional mad scientists of the movies. Perhaps the most well known of all is the eminent Dr. Jekyll, famous, like others who could be mentioned, for his drug problem. Unlike Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll's step beyond bounds is to create a monster from within himself. John Lilly, in the nonfictional book The Scientist, describes incidents involving the drug Ketamine (situations reminiscent also of the movie Altered States ) in which dangerous, primitive, primate psychological "programs" were activated by drugs that may have been handled without enough care. 5
Once again on the move, the Alchemist teaches Santiago to listen to his heart. Hearts can be treacherous, but the best way to keep them from fooling you is to listen to them intently. Almost to the pyramids, Santiago and the Alchemist are taken prisoner by a warring tribe. The Alchemist tells the tribesmen that Santiago is a powerful magician who can turn himself into the wind. The tribesmen are impressed and will spare the lives of the men if Santiago can do it. The only problem is that Santiago has no idea what he is doing. After three days of meditating, Santiago uses his knowledge of the Soul of the World to ask the elements to help him. First he asks the desert, then he asks the wind, then he asks the sun and, finally, he asks the Soul of the World. Immediately, the wind whips up, and Santiago disappears and reappears on the other side of the camp.