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Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals

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An examination of the link between psychedelic drugs and religious experiences throughout history summarizes the research of the twentieth century and shares the philosophies of such figures as Sigmund Freud and Saul Bellow.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 12th 2003 by Sentient Publications (first published 2000)
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Elfie
One would not expect Huston Smith to write about this subject, but he does and does it well and responsibly - I appreciate that he replaced 'psychedelic' by 'entheogenic'. Interesting chapters on 'soma' and LSD.
Important statement: Although the mind-altering substances he talks about can induce religious experiences that are indistinguishable from spontaneous theophanies or those induced by other means (fasting, dancing, etc.), they may also completely lack any religious feature - this depends o
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Sarah
Huston Smith is just a very dry, didactic writer. ("I have three points to make about this concept. I will start with the first and move on to the second and then proceed to the third. The first point is...") But he's got great ideas. Read only if you're interested in the topic, but then definitely read him.
Aitziber Conesa
La percepcion divina es una colección de artículos sobre los enteógenos escritos a lo largo de muchos años.
Da una nueva visión, al tiempo cientifista y espiritual del uso de los enteógenos a través de la experiencia tanto del autos como de otras persones, tanto positivas como negativas. Resulta muy interesante para todos aquello que piensen en la psiconautica o les interese la dimensión antropológica del tema.
Recomendado para psiconautas, personas que trabajan en contacto con los místico, psicól
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Sally
Some of the articles are much more interesting than others.
Anthony
I've just started this; I am all about it.
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Smith was born in Soochow, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary ...more
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