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The Doors of Perception | [Aldous Huxley]

The Doors of Perception

This controversial statement about the benefit of hallucinogenic drugs from the author of Brave New World was first published in 1954, but its ideas remain the topic of debate even today. Listen and judge for yourself as Aldous Huxley reveals his personal experience with mescaline and the connection between altered consciousness and spirituality. Huxley says, "Religion combined with mescaline could be God's special gift revealing the workings of the divine Spirit."
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This controversial statement about the benefit of hallucinogenic drugs from the author of Brave New World was first published in 1954, but its ideas remain the topic of debate even today. Listen and judge for yourself as Aldous Huxley reveals his personal experience with mescaline and the connection between altered consciousness and spirituality. Huxley says, "Religion combined with mescaline could be God's special gift revealing the workings of the divine Spirit."

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"Whether you agree that the experiment was worth trying or feel that the author is knocking on doors that 'should' be left untouched, you are likely to admit that a challenge is forcibly put�" (The San Francisco Chronicle)

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    "Interesting and Enlightening"

    Thanks to the mid-century vilification of drug users, hallucinogens have inherited a misrepresentative social stigma. Huxley offers the untainted point of view of an open-minded man encountering peyote for the first time. This yields a unique commentary because he describes the positive / negative effects on perception and body chemistry in way that would no longer be accepted in America's biased culture. His experiences have an amazing correlation to Eastern descriptions of enlightenment and allow one to glimpse new ways of seeing the world without actually imbibing a drug. This is definitely worth reading if you appreciate unorthodox perspectives.

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    At times beyond my mental capacity. Not that I?m a genius. This book requires your full attention. Its not a 15 minutes hear and there in the car listen. Aldous certainly has an expansive vocabulary. Words are delicious don?t you think?

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    "Brave to try it, braver to try to describe it"

    I admire Aldous Huxley for volunteering to take mescaline while being observed by psychologists and family. How he both experienced and recorded in careful, fascinating detail the various altered states he passed through is very impressive. It is a dispassionate and painstaking report. This is not for the general reader, however! It is a serious appraisal of the experience of sacred vision triggered by this substance, with references to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and various western poets' and artists' attempts to express their own sacred visions.

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    After listening to this book, I only had two questions: why didn't I listen to it sooner and where could I get some? A really good listen and overall, I found this book to be very interesting.

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    "Tell me how your trip went"

    To me, this book is merely about Huxley's experience with the drug mesculine. He's clearly moved by it, and wants everyone to know it. I only listened to this one because of it's association with the band "the Doors". That's about all I got from it.

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    I admit that I did not listen to the sample but I did not expect such a low audio quality of an audiobook, I paid £9.50 for.

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