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The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception
The Doors of Perception is a short book by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1954, detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon, and takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision".[1] He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion. Background[edit] Mescaline (Peyote and San Pedro Cactus)[edit] Mescaline is the principal agent of the psychedelic cactus peyote and San Pedro cactus, which has been used in Native American religious ceremonies for thousands of years.[2] A German pharmacologist, Arthur Heffter, isolated the alkaloids in the peyote cactus in 1891. Peyote as entheogen drug[edit] Research by Humphry Osmond[edit] Huxley's experience with mescaline[edit] Synopsis[edit]

The CIA's 5 Most Mind Blowing Experiments With LSD LSD has long been a staple of overweight, furry men with ponytails who list their occupation as 'Earth Shaman' on tax forms. The CIA is more typically known for their starched suits than their mind exploring orgies. So if we told you that the CIA was trippin' balls before Hunter S. Thompson even knew that balls existed, you'd probably call us liars. Well, prepare to have your mind, like, blown man. The CIA Discovers Acid, Experiments Like A (Evil) Teenager It all started in the early 1950s, when a double agent named Jozef Cardinal Mindszenty was tried for treason in Russia. "Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self preservation?" Rough translation: "Can we get someone so high that they'll kill themselves if we ask nicely enough?" Christ! "Ha ha! CIA Field Agents Drug Each Other for Fun "Okay, Frank. CIA-Run Brothels and Drughouses But you know what an even sweeter job title is?

Heaven and Hell (essay) Heaven and Hell is a philosophical essay by Aldous Huxley published in 1956. Huxley derived the title from William Blake's book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. The essay discusses the relationship between bright, colorful objects, geometric designs, psychoactives, art, and profound experience. Heaven and Hell metaphorically refer to what Huxley conceives to be two contrary mystical experiences that potentially await when one opens the "doors of perception"—not only in a mystical experience, but in prosaic life. In his earlier narrative The Doors of Perception (1954), Huxley recounted in detail his first experience of mescaline. The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, 1954, 1956, Harper & Brothers 1977 Harpercollins (UK), mass market paperback: ISBN 0-586-04437-X1990 Harper Perennial edition: ISBN 0-06-090007-52004 Harper Modern Classics edition: ISBN 0-06-059518-32004 Sagebrush library binding: ISBN 1-4176-2859-6

Carlos Castaneda Carlos Castañeda cuyo nombre original es Carlos César Salvador Arana Castañeda (Cajamarca, Perú, 25 de diciembre de 1925 — Los Ángeles, 27 de abril de 1998) fue un antropólogo y escritor peruano naturalizado estadounidense, autor de una serie de libros que describirían su entrenamiento en un tipo particular de nahualismo tradicional mesoamericano, al cual él se refería como una forma muy antigua y olvidada. Dichos libros y el propio Castañeda, quien en escasas ocasiones hablaba en público acerca de su obra o de si mismo, son objeto de mucha controversia. Sus partidarios afirman que sus libros son veraces en su contenido, o que al menos constituyen obras de valor literario y antropológico. Sus críticos señalan por el contrario que sus libros son una farsa, trabajos de ficción, y que no son verificables como obras de antropología, al contrario de lo que el autor afirmaba. Sus primeros libros están ligados a la psicodelia y la contracultura de fines de los años 60 y 70. Biografía[editar]

Potopia Could Shutdown Haunt Burwell? by Ben Jacobs Larry Downing/Reuters Obama’s nominee to succeed Kathleen Sebelius played a key role in closing Washington’s monuments—a... Player Piano Player Piano, author Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, was published in 1952. It is a dystopia of automation,[1] describing the dereliction it causes in the quality of life.[1] The story takes place in a near-future society that is almost totally mechanized, eliminating the need for human laborers. This widespread mechanization creates conflict between the wealthy upper class—the engineers and managers who keep society running—and the lower class, whose skills and purpose in society have been replaced by machines. The book uses irony and sentimentality, which were to become a hallmark developed further in Vonnegut's later works.[1] In a 1973 interview Vonnegut discussed his inspiration to write the book:[2] I was working for General Electric at the time, right after World War II , and I saw a milling machine for cutting the rotors on jet engines, gas turbines. A player piano is a modified piano that "plays itself". Player Piano is set in the future after a fictional third world war. Anita Dr.

Las Puertas de la Percepcción Should the U.S. legalize hard drugs? Consider current policy concerning the only addictive intoxicant currently available as a consumer good — alcohol. America’s alcohol industry, which is as dependent on the 20 percent of heavy drinkers as they are on alcohol, markets its products aggressively and effectively. Because marketing can drive consumption, America’s distillers, brewers and vintners spend $6 billion on advertising and promoting their products. Americans’ experience with marketing’s power inclines them to favor prohibition and enforcement over legalization and marketing of drugs. But this choice has consequences: More Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses or drug-related probation and parole violations than for property crimes. And although America spends five times more jailing drug dealers than it did 30 years ago, the prices of cocaine and heroin are 80 to 90 percent lower than 30 years ago. Dealers, a.k.a. Marijuana probably provides less than 25 percent of the cartels’ revenue.

The Perennial Philosophy First UK edition Publisher's cover blurb for 1st UK edition The Perennial Philosophy (1945) is a comparative study of mysticism by British novelist Aldous Huxley. Social and political context[edit] The Perennial Philosophy was first published in 1945 by Harper & Brothers in the United States (1946 by Chatto & Windus in the UK) immediately after the Second World War and the defeat of National Socialism. "The Perennial Philosophy is an attempt to present this Highest Common Factor of all theologies by assembling passages from the writings of those saints and prophets who have approached a direct spiritual knowledge of the Divine The book offered readers, assumed to be familiar with the Christian religion and the Bible, a fresh approach, such as Eastern and Western mysticism: "Mr. The final paragraph of the cover text is revealing: "In this profoundly important work, Mr. Scope of the 'Perennial Philosophy'[edit] In the words of poet and anthologist John Robert Colombo: "Aquinas, Augustine, St.