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Jun 15, Nick Allen rated it it was ok Shelves: Mescalin 1 3 Feb 17, Open Preview See a Problem? The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and percepcn by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive vieual remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.

But I will reread this work and absorb a bit more, because it is very aligned with my view on drugs and its useful in the world. Quotes from The Doors of Perc The Doors of Perception is a detailed account of the first time. His vicarious experience inflicted him with a shift in perception.

Read it, it’ll only take you one evening. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. Huxley’s vivid description of the hallucinatory effects that he experiences under mescaline are not only entertaining to read, but also provide the reader with an alternate account of subjective reality that has now been made illegal. This book is the perfect fodder for the millions of scientifically illiterate pseudoscience advocates of the past half century.

Sidenote from internet search: But what I did get is an honest treatise from a profound and respected wordsmith about his experience with the psychoactive mescaline and that dimension alone would have been enough for me to enjoy this little book. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. Huxley’s writing is brilliant and a joy to read.


The Doors of Perception

Seems we are as we need to be, and if one wants to pursue other avenues of consciousness, they’ll have to do so within certain limitations. An erudite artist and scholar tripping on mescaline. Dec 17, Peter rated it really liked it.

View all 3 comments. Huxley seems to be trying to draw these disparate facts together to mean something more than ‘the brain is a curious little bugger that can teach us much about perce;cin if only we take the trouble to learn how to wring it in just the right manner’ – and I can’t for the life of me figure out what that thing is.

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I found it to be quite fascinating. At least Huxley himself could be forgiven somewhat for some of the more ludicrous ideas he proposes in the book because he wrote it in when the scientific understanding of the human brain was next to nothing.

After having ingested the mystical drug, he recounted his experience 20 years later. Short book but well worth the read.

View all 12 comments. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. My father was a Doctor and he assisted in the research.

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View all 17 comments. Dec 13, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Huxley, speaking from the early 50s does the green libertarians one better by advocating for mescaline.

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Every innocuous object has as much relevance as the birth of the universe, and everything silent and unmoving seems to scream its importance. I could not help but be swept up by Huxley’s writing style, his intellectual examination of the drugs effects and the theories he applies to his percepcun Aldous Huxley will always be viaual of my favourite writers as he has a way of capturing my imagination in a unique way.


Un libro valiente y revelador, de una lucidez perturbadora, no apto para menores de treinta es broma, no hay que ser siempre tan graves, tan. And the parts that aren’t outdated, are just not interesting enough to make this a winner in my book.

Certain of these changes are similar to those which occur in that most characteristic plague of the twentieth century, schizophrenia. Huxley recognized this to be the fault of Mescaline – you get lost in yourself.

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

In The Doors of Perceptionpublished inHuxley recounts his personal experience with mescalin and its effect on his senses and thought processes.

This must’ve blown minds when it came out. So even just in the course of an individual life, the brain gradually imposes tighter limits on itself until all you have is bills and doctors appointments. Tampoco puede sorprender la actitud corriente frente al alcohol y el tabaco. All this is necessary from an evolutionary point-of-view, since survival depends on quick data interpretation and reaction–useful for escaping lions, for example. Full disclosure, I’m here because of The Doors His thoughts on drapery make you believe that folds in a piece of cloth are the most important thing in the world.