The Doors of Perception
November 22, 1963. That fateful day. Yes, the day Huxley died. His last words were “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.” He took psychedelic drugs less than a dozen times in his life, but he always did so with a deep spiritual purpose, never casually. The Doors of Perception is a detailed account of the first time. The title comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up,...more
Although I did get a lot out of this book, the single thing that really made an impact was the discussion of our brain as a sensory-limiting mechanism which is concerned most of the time with filtering out all but what we need for survival at an...more
There are more illuminating books on psychoactive substances, but this would perform well as a primer for those completely brainwashed into thinking that drug-takers are dazed hippies. I see them/us as *seekers*, people seeking to believe in something they can see and experience in an age where we don't take words like mind, soul, reason for granted anymore. This is exactly the point of view Huxley uses here. Also, im...more
I found Huxley's thoughts on what he described as the "Mind at Large", and how mescaline helped to turn off the brain's "reducing valve" to be very interesting. However, in describing his experiences he often discussed artists and philosophers with whom I'm not overly familiar. Not willing to put in the effort to look all of t...more
So: The Doors of Perception. It's fascinating, insightful, and provided more food for tho...more
I found this book in my dad's library when I was eighteen, and took to it immediately. I could not help but be swept up by Huxley's writing style, his intellectual examination of the drugs effects and the theories he applies to his o...more
I found The Doors of Perception pretty interesting, especially when he talked about how it made him view the visual aspects of life... his trousers, the chair, etc. However, I got a little skeptical when it came to the social aspect - that basically everything bad in society can be...more
He mentioned how so many people, live lives that are either so horrific or mundane, that its only natural they'll seek diversion, by escaping into other forms of consciousness. As far as whats legal, Alcohol and tobacco, both tend...more
Increasingly, I'm learning that perception is far more complicated than I ever imagined. Sight, as an example, isn't simply eyes acting like cameras, sending image data to the brain for interpretation. An article in the online journal, Nature, described the mechanism by which the brain "sees" what our eyes are going to see before our eyes see it. This is why we don't view the world through what would otherwise look like a hand-held camera. Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Med...more
Mientras estaba en la lectura de 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' me topé con este libro en la Feria Chilena del Libro, me gustó la temática (y el precio xD)asíque me lo compré y leí en el mismo día.
En pocas palabras es el relato del experimento llevado a cabo por Aldous Huxley, quien bajo los efectos de la mescalina (principio activo delpeyotl), expresa las experiencias sensoriales/trascendentales/transfigurativas en las que se ve envuelto, eso en pocas palabras, porque aventurarse en tod...more
Huxley doesn't ever really talk about the big life questions nor does he hint at them, but any half-wit reading this book should realize that he's not just talking about a drug and its effects on the mind. And he isn't just prais...more
After reading it again (2012), I feel a little disappointment. I wasn't in the right frame of mind anymore. I felt it to be a little repetive mostly since it's a topic that shouldn't be too confined by speech (as Huxley argued himself).
Also a bit more scientific exploration would have been cool, although apparantly, and understandably so, scientific writing on many elements of mescalin use was limit...more
Pasa que durante un centenar de páginas, el autor divaga sobre eso en un lenguaje además de lo más engolao, forzado y pedante, sobre lo bueno que es meterse mescalina.
Me sangran los ojos después de leer esto.
Although Huxley deplores words as inferior to "suchness" that mankind can only glimpse through the lens of discarded perceptual devices like time, spatial relationships, and ego, there are a ton a good quotes that I look forward to sharing.
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Istigkeit — wasn't that the word Meister Eckhart liked to use? "Is-ness." The Being of Platonic philosophy — except that Plato seems to have made the enormous, the grotesque mistake of separating Being from becoming and identifying it with the mathematical abstraction of the Idea. He could never, poor fellow, have seen a bunch of flowers shining with their own inner light and all but quivering under the pressure of the significance with which they were charged; could never have perceived that what rose and iris and carnation so intensely signified was nothing more, and nothing less, than what they were — a transience that was yet eternal life, a perpetual perishing that was at the same time pure Being, a bundle of minute, unique particulars in which, by some unspeakable and yet self-evident paradox, was to be seen the divine source of all existence.”