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". He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion. Background Mescaline (Peyote and San Pedro Cactus) 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. A German pharmacologist, Arthur Heffter, isolated the alkaloids in the peyote cactus in 1891. Peyote as entheogen drug Research by Humphry Osmond Huxley's experience with mescaline Synopsis
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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
Aldous HuxleyAldous Leonard Huxley /ˈhʌksli/ (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories and poetry. Mid career and later, he published travel writing, film stories and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the US, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. Early life Huxley began his learning in his father's well-equipped botanical laboratory, then went to Hillside School, Malvern. I believe his blindness was a blessing in disguise. Career Bloomsbury Set United States Post World War II Association with Vedanta
Carlos CastanedaCarlos 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]
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The Internet mapPlayer PianoPlayer Piano, author Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, was published in 1952. It is a dystopia of automation, describing the dereliction it causes in the quality of life. 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. In a 1973 interview Vonnegut discussed his inspiration to write the book: 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.
Alice BaileyAlice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880 – December 15, 1949) was a writer and theosophist in occult teachings, "esoteric" psychology and healing, astrological and other philosophic and religious themes. Bailey was born as Alice LaTrobe Bateman, in Manchester, England. She moved to the United States in 1907, where she spent most of her life as a writer and teacher. Bailey's works, written between 1919 and 1949, describe a wide-ranging system of esoteric thought covering such topics as how spirituality relates to the solar system, meditation, healing, spiritual psychology, the destiny of nations, and prescriptions for society in general. She described the majority of her work as having been telepathically dictated to her by a Master of Wisdom, initially referred to only as "the Tibetan" or by the initials "D.K. Biography Childhood and early life Bailey was born to a wealthy aristocratic British family and, as a member of the Anglican Church, received a thorough Christian education.