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Laws of Media by Marshall McLuhan
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The syncretism levels are off the charts, and it's great fun so long as you get that McLuhan was no Einstein, in that the great physicist pretended, in knowing he was nearing the end of his life, neither to himself nor anyone else that he, though con ...more
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The Aeneid by Virgil
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Dryden must be read, of course, but I figure better postponed in favor of initial narrative familiarity. To this end I chose, after comparing several verses of Fagles, Mandelbaum, and Fitzgerald, Frederick Ahl's translation for its precise diction an ...more
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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral... by Julian Jaynes
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Poems are rafts clutched at by men drowning in inadequate minds. (256)
Once one disambiguates between consciousness as the predicate of experience and consciousness as an infectious, adaptive, historically recent conceptual paradigm of individuality,
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Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof
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Eagerly, eagerly do I await the day when what is to be contemporary science will vindicate the psychoanalytic theories of yore from their ignominious casting down by the replication-crazed, self-survey-obsessed "cognitive psychology" of current conte ...more
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Inner Paths to Outer Space by Rick Strassman
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James Fadiman of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide said this was "mandatory." I won't echo him, but I admit its mix of information and speculation was fun to read.

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VALIS by Philip K. Dick
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There is no way we can adapt to their viewpoint, their moral, political, sociological environment. To them we’re professional agitators, more alien than the Nazis, probably even more of a menace than the Communist Party. We’re the most dangerous agi
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Ubik by Philip K. Dick
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Neither Sufi nor Spinozist would disagree with God's ubiquity; he is to be found in cathedrals as well as in packaged cereals and cleaning products, in infomercials, in the cathode ray tubes through which these ads are beamed and in the logos brainst ...more
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DMT by Rick Strassman
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Headache-inducing chapter 6, "Labyrinth," meticulously chronicles the process of securing permits and contracts with the FDA, the DEA, the NIMH, the NIDA and other regulatory agencies, scientific advisory committees, ethics advisory committees, grant ...more
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The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
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Let’s say I toss a ball, and that I couldn’t have tossed it if I didn’t will it. Assuming divine foreknowledge, we can say God knew, before I tossed it, that I was going to. Now it’s true, foreknown events can’t not happen—they occur by necessity—and ...more
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Little, Big by John Crowley
Little, Big
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Little, Big was written over a decade before I came onto the scene, revealing, to me finally, that there are constants—never absolute, though some change at a glasslike pace—in the trajectory of life, constants which, for a certain type of person goi ...more
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“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”
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