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The Deep Self: Consciousness Exploration in the Isolation Tank

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First published more than 20 years ago and now with a new introduction by the author, this classic work presents the methods and conclusions of more than 25 years of experimentation with the isolation-tank meditative experience. Drawing on the personal testimony of many who tried it, including Burgess Meredith, Gregory Bateson, E. J. Gold, and Jerry Rubin, the evidence sho ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2006 by Gateways Books & Tapes (first published 1976)
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Erik Graff
Jun 16, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychonauts, Lilly fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
This is the most focused book I've seen on Lilly's sensory deprivation tank experiments. The original question was about what would be left if all extermal stimuli were removed--in other words, what constitutes the endopsychic? Originally, this was a government sponsored study. They were interested in its potential applications to interrogation, an example of which was to give a subject a dose of LSD, then seal him in. Stuff like this and the mistreatment of dolphins (can they be used as intelli ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Steve marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
how can I fit the tank in my garage! this might have to wait until summer..and I didnt read this book..whys it here..? Must have something to do with all comes back to biology
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John Cunningham Lilly was an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

He was a researcher of the nature of consciousness using mainly isolation tanks, dolphin communication, and psychedelic drugs, sometimes in combination.
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“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits. These limits are to be found experientially and experimentally. When the limits are determined, it is found that they are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind, there are no limits. The body imposes definite limits.” 7 likes
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