The Scientist
John C. Lilly
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The Scientist

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Readers with the courage to explore the uncharted expanses of the human mind will share Lilly's cosmic vision. The films "Day of the Dolphin" and "Altered States" were based on his research.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 28th 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1978)
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Jun 24, 2011 Oldak rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Oldak by: Karl Jansen, Ketamine Dreams and Realities
Shelves: psychedelics
[Review contains spoilers. I haven't read this book for a couple of years, and write this review based on my impressions after this time.]

This book is fascinating not least because Lilly lived a very unusual life, but also because it is an expression of a self-confessed ketamine addict, and of a schizophrenic (Lilly was, at least, schizotypal).

Lilly went to med school, and thereafter pursued research in electrical stimulation of the brain. He describes a particular line of work in which electrod...more
Lilly wanted to figure out whether the mind is produced by the brain or comes from elsewhere (like outer space), and to open up lines of communication with dolphins and whales. He used electrodes on the brain on monkeys and dolphins and thereafter isolation tanks, LSD, and ketamine on himself, btw the mid-50s and the mid-70s, at first as part of research at NIMH and other major research centers and then independently. With Jessica Rylan, a sound artist and performer, am working on adapting this...more
John Lilly experimented on himself. Inspired as a child to find the source of consciousness, his life never waivered from this quest. A most amazing life story of a true Scientist. I learned about passion from this book.
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I'm not a big autobiography fan but parts of his story, which is an odd one, including his description of the rigours of the Caltech undergrad, stick with me after reading it 23 years ago.
nothing interesting here... just lies
This poor man is out of his mind.
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