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The Art Of Seeing

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  364 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Both a document & a handbook The Art of Seeing records Aldous Huxley's victory over near-blindness & details the simple exercises anyone can follow to improve eyesight. Using the method devised by Dr. W.H. Bates, "the pioneer of visual education," as Huxley called him, & heeding the advice of Bates' disciple, Margaret D. Corbett, Huxley claims to have conquered ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 1985 (first published 1942)
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Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have parted with this book before finishing it, so that others may benefit more from its contents. However though I was only about 60% of the way through it is a great work and, so far as I know, describes techniques for healing and improving eyesight that are still far from mainstream, but that work wonderfully.

The testimony of Huxley himself in this book is wondrous. I had no idea this great author originally had to rely on braille to read. However, he went from being nearly blind to being
Erik Graff
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Huxley fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
This book, a description and prescription of the Bates method which Aldous Huxley claimed to have successfully utilized to alleviate his near blindness, is written with a clarity and precision which might well serve as a model for the authors of "owner's manuals" and self-help books. However, although motivated by my own inconvenient myopia and a great respect for Huxley, I found this book ponderously tedious, despite the fine quality of its prose and the occasionally interesting points made abo ...more
Seizure Romero
The idea that you can exercise and improve or maintain your vision = good.

Doing so by looking at the sun, however briefly = not so much.
Walter O'Bryant
My visual acuity improved after reading this book! Today, over twenty years after reading this book, my vision is significantly better than most people in my age group.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up because I am a Huxley completist, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone. If you are having vision trouble, go see your optometrist instead of reading this unhelpful book.

Judging by the title, you may hope that the Art of Seeing has to do with how to be more perceptive in the world or something to that effect, but it is literally about how to improve failing vision. Huxley is hooked on something called the "Bates Method" named for the doctor that invented it. Bas
Christopher Taylor
I came across this book at a used bookstore in Victoria, British Columbia. I had never heard of it before but because it was by Huxley and looked curious I picked it up. I don’t regret the purchase. The book is of interest from three perspectives.

First, it discusses techniques for alleviating vision problems. Some of these techniques are common sense and some are not. People with poor eyesight may want to read the book to check for useful ideas. Be warned, though, it is repetitive. So, be patien
Aug 13, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: FMS
I've yet to read "Brave New World," but heard it's good. Huxley maybe should've stuck to fiction. Painfully verbose, yet simultaneously bereft of information. I'm researching alternatives to lasik surgery and came across this book. Huxley's own vision was improved dramatically using the Bates Method, so he wrote this book to promote it. Written in 1942, much of the information is out of date (such as "sunning" the eyes), but there are suggested exercises that seem to follow logical enough to war ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Read the entire book with my pin hole glasses on! Interesting exposition of Dr Bates's theories on the causes and cures of vision problems. Some of the techniques were familiar from vision improvement courses I've tried - with some success. I'm now motivated to go back to them in the hope of ditching my glasses!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a very practical & informative book for those looking to improve their eyesight. probably only Aldous could champion this "think outside the box" approach so persuasively, concentrating on exercises to train the eyes rather than the cop-out band-aid approach of prescription spectacles. has anyone since stopped to think upon the prevalence of glasses as part of an enormous addiction spread & perpetuated by the companies that manufacture them? Huxley also brings ridicule down on th ...more
Denis Materna
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The techniques are simple. You cover one eye, let the other one see, swing your head, allow it to adjust until it sees. The thing with looking at the Sun, this is with your eyes closed, I found that beneficial too, it's in order to relax the muscles which control the eyes.

I am keen to keep following these little exercises as my eyes get tired after reading usually and this advice works pretty well.

For a man who cured his eyes from severe visual impairment, you have to take these pieces of prac
Paige Ellen Stone
An absolutely personal accomplishment in Huxley's life. Words fail to capture what he actually did. VERY inspiring.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful advice, as usual it could have been half pages less if it wasn't for Aldous Huxley's pen.
Dony Grayman
Dec 06, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decto, fegrande, ed-arg
"El exitoso y ya clásico método de recuperación visual explciado por el célebre escritor británico".
Ediciones Renglón.
Dita di Polvere
Tante dritte interessanti, ma resta da vedere quanto siano effettivamente utili. Un buon manuale, da prendere con le pinze.
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Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I really doubt this is effective, read the book and tried some tips but no change at all!
Neville Ridley-smith
Some interesting stuff and some *really* dodgy stuff. Staring a the sun?!
But anyway, some helpful speed reading tips.
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty quick and interesting read.
Paola Valentina
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro para todas las personas que necesitan/usan anteojos, y si no los necesitan también. Huxley, te queremos.
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and es ...more
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