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Comic #2854

1 Edmond Halley: So we have our geologist. Who next, Mr Newton?
1 Isaac Newton: A mathematician.
2 Edmond Halley: But there are so many! Which to choose with all of history at our disposal?
3 Isaac Newton: One with a strong grasp of the metaphysical, and profound insights into the deeper nature of reality.
4 Edmond Halley: You refer to one who takes opium?
4 Isaac Newton: Of course.

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Opium is an extract from the sap of the opium poppy. The active ingredient is morphine, which is closely related to - and can be converted into - heroin. It was used as a recreational drug throughout history, with evidence of its use going back around 6000 years.

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