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Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine

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John Geiger traces the history of how a visual phenomenon first described two hundred years ago by physiologist Jan Purkinje has become the basis of further scientific studies into how the visual brain works, and how its repercussions have spread widely into contemporary artistic and musical culture.

The study of stroboscopic light began as a purely scientific study. Geiger
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 17th 2003 by Soft Skull Press (first published January 28th 2002)
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Chaz
Feb 21, 2009 Chaz rated it really liked it
An overall summary of stroboscopic light investigations from Huxley's philosophic postulations to Grey Walter's robotic experiments to Gysin's Dreamachine. The power of light to induce visionary experience has been reported from such notable mystics as Nostradamus and is definitely an intriguing concept. What I find to be interesting is that the light patterns between 8 and 13 flashes per second activate the alpha brain waves which is similar to meditation, and could quite possibly be a therapeu ...more
Ed Erwin
Feb 21, 2009 Ed Erwin rated it liked it
Flashing lights at certain frequencies cause hallucinations. No-one knows exactly why, but there are lots of theories. That is about all you will learn from this book. And that Brion Gysin was apparently surprised no one ever commercialized his dream machine. What really is the surprise? A small percentage of users will have a seizure, which is quite enough to put a damper on commercialization.

Still, it is a short book, and interesting enough.

Andrew Stansbury-Cecil
i tried a dream machine once and it was nothing like what this book purports it to be. i think i got more visions from eating nutmeg. lots of history here, and some bio info on brion gysin. quick read so worth the time, but just barely.
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