The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception The Classic Exploration of Altered Consciousness and SpiritualityThe critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and ex

  • Title: The Doors of Perception
  • Author: Aldous Huxley Rudolph Schirmer
  • ISBN: 9781609981914
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Classic Exploration of Altered Consciousness and SpiritualityThe critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience The title of this classic comes from William Blake s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell If the doors of perception were cleansed everThe Classic Exploration of Altered Consciousness and SpiritualityThe critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience The title of this classic comes from William Blake s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.

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    1. November 22, 1963. That fateful day. Yes, the day Huxley died. His last words were “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.” He took psychedelic drugs less than a dozen times in his life, but he always did so with a deep spiritual purpose, never casually. The Doors of Perception is a detailed account of the first time. The title comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself [...]

    2. An erudite artist and scholar tripping on mescaline.Decades before other drug culture manifestos and hippy folios cool cat Aldous Huxley first published his Doors of Perception in 1954 ( the same year as Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend). The initial part is a first person narrative about his experiences taking peyote and his descriptions of the insight. Of course what makes this stand out from the legion of trip and tells is his intellectual observations. [...]

    3. Increasingly, I'm learning that perception is far more complicated than I ever imagined. Sight, as an example, isn't simply eyes acting like cameras, sending image data to the brain for interpretation. An article in the online journal, Nature, described the mechanism by which the brain "sees" what our eyes are going to see before our eyes see it. This is why we don't view the world through what would otherwise look like a hand-held camera. Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Med [...]

    4. Such a happy hippie trip in Huxley's wordsAldous Huxley (1894-1963) fue uno de los autores de su tiempo que se dedicó a tratar con sustancias psicotrópicas para su estudio psicológico y espiritual. Sus anotaciones, que fueron reconocidas, admiradas y estudiadas, tuvieron éxito; en ellas dilucidaba lo que pensaba que era realmente importante, y alcanzaba en su mente las puertas de la percepción. Este es uno de sus estudios, su primera vez bajo la influencia de la Mescalina —Sustancia aluci [...]

    5. This must've blown minds when it came out. Now though, it's lost its edge. Full disclosure, I'm here because of The Doorsof the Jim Morrison sort. Being a HUGE fan of him and the band, I absorbed all I could of them back during my teens. I even read his poetry. Hell, I even read William Blake's poetry, simply because it apparently influenced Morrison. However, I never did get around to reading Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception , the book title from which the band was named. WHAT THE HELL K [...]

    6. I need to read more Huxleyybe I'll finally dig in to the copy of "The Perennial Philosophy" that I've started on several times (although probably not until after "A Brief History Of Everything"ose two at the same time would be just masochistic.)Although I did get a lot out of this book, the single thing that really made an impact was the discussion of our brain as a sensory-limiting mechanism which is concerned most of the time with filtering out all but what we need for survival at any given mo [...]

    7. Huxley. Not on my list of great writers, but an interesting person with ideas. There are more illuminating books on psychoactive substances, but this would perform well as a primer for those completely brainwashed into thinking that drug-takers are dazed hippies. I see them/us as *seekers*, people seeking to believe in something they can see and experience in an age where we don't take words like mind, soul, reason for granted anymore. This is exactly the point of view Huxley uses here. Also, im [...]

    8. This has opened some aspects & still some are in mirage. I would read again and again over the ages & believe will be able to decode more

    9. I've never tried mescaline but always hoped that the opportunity would knock someday. The idea has only become more attractive after pondering this author's thoughts on his experience with the famous mystical medication and the brief history he presents on the value of peyote.Short book but well worth the read.

    10. Huxley's writing is brilliant and a joy to read. The work is littered throughout with so much religious and philosophical allusions, which adds to the thoughtful depth. I found it to be quite fascinating. However, his conclusions leave empty. Essentially, it's religion achieved through chemistry. And his conception of religion focuses purely on the subjective. It's no surprise that he refers to Eckhart, Boehme, and eastern philosophy so often; he looks only at the "inner light" rather than consi [...]

    11. My hopes were partially fulfilled in the second half of the essay, in which Huxley examined the natural human urge to experience the world through the lens of any kind of drug or alcohol, and how this relates to current legal policy and common conceptions of mental well-being. However, most of the essay carried the kind of underlying tone of semi-religious reverence for the effects of drugs that I hear all too much of from the kids at college. The idea that the human brain can have knowledge of [...]

    12. If I was only rating The Doors of Perception, I would be giving it 5 stars. True, when I read its 50 brilliant pages in a single sitting I was feeling the first effects of a flu infection that I was hoping was going to be fought back before it could take a firm hold (so far so good), but I'm reasonably confident that the impression it made on me was genuine, and not a product of any fevered flights of fancy.So: The Doors of Perception. It's fascinating, insightful, and provided more food for tho [...]

    13. My friend Amanda who dated & married this guy based on their shared obsession with Nick Cave said I had to read this book in Oz. They even got it out for me at the library. I read it. It was alright. My genuine reaction was that this is a lazy short-cuteverything he described, you could achieve drug-free from mind-training and meditation if my tibetan meditation teacher had to spend 30 yrs in some cave up in the Himalayas doing this and lazy people want to pay $30 and take a short-cutWell.le [...]

    14. In 1936, Huxley boldly became the guinea pig of an experiment testing the effects of Mescaline (active ingredient in Peyote) on humans. After having ingested the mystical drug, he recounted his experience 20 years later. Almost instantly he enters a state of transfiguration, wildly more vivid than his subjective and banal consciousness. Every innocuous object has as much relevance as the birth of the universe, and everything silent and unmoving seems to scream its importance. With this spiritual [...]

    15. Una obra maestra. 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). La importancia del ensayo consiste en describir y alcanzar un estado que Huxley llama de "Inteligencia Libre" (una pésima traducción, pésima, dado que en el original es "Mind at Large", algo así como "Mente en Extensión", lo cual es consistente con todos los argumentos que en lo posterior desarrolla), un estado en el que la concien [...]

    16. Las puertas de la percepción es un ensayo narrado en primera persona que relata los efectos que produce en el cerebro una droga llamada mescalina. Aldous Huxley reivindica la utilización de drogas para librarnos de las limitaciones mentales y poder percibir una realidad con menos filtros mentales o válvulas reductoras, opinión que no comparto.La segunda mitad del libro está plagada de reflexiones filosóficas. El autor analiza los valores de nuestra sociedad y el sistema educativo. "Gastamo [...]

    17. In 1952, Huxley, an already well established writer and intellectual decides to ingest a dose of Mescalin. He records the entire process and later sits to write - rather poetically - his experience with the hallucinogenic drug. This is his authentic testimony.In this memoir, Huxley indulges in a careful description of his visions and thoughts whilst under the effect of the drug. His vicarious experience inflicted him with a shift in perception. At the end of it, a vivid description - he proposes [...]

    18. In terms of the writing itself, The Doors of Perception is a solid 4 or 5 star level; it’s a superbly written book. Also, there are a few interesting (if poorly considered) ideas proposed in the book about the nature of reality as it relates to the way in which the human mind perceives it. The only aspect of the book ultimately worth reading about, though, is the description of Huxley’s experience on mescaline itself, told moment to moment as he experienced it. The huge drawback of the book [...]

    19. I went into Aldous Huxley's "The Doors of Perception" with no expectations, which is how a good friend told me I should approach any book rather than the spiritual and emotional awakening I have been spoiled into wanting, and so I was not surprised when I did not get one. 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. But reading [...]

    20. Aldous Huxley will always be one of my favourite writers as he has a way of capturing my imagination in a unique way. I read Brave New World when I was about fourteen years old and was blown away. I have since reread it a few times, and each time I am equally amazed.I found this book in my dad's library when I was eighteen, and took to it immediately. 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 o [...]

    21. Another street find. If you're like me, you've always avoided this book due to it being the namesake of the band, The Doors. The Doors constitute everything I find distasteful about the 1960s. This is a wonderful little book which describes a mescalin trip and then offers a small amount of philosophy and opinion on art, music and the need to find a middle ground between the mindset of science and some form of spiritual search for self. I find Huxley's telling so much more powerful because it lac [...]

    22. If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. WILLIAM BLAKE Most men and women lead lives at the worst so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul.

    23. «Ser arrancados de raíz de la percepción ordinaria y ver durante unas horas sin tiempo el mundo exterior e interior, no como aparece a un animal obsesionado por la supervivencia o a un ser humano obsesionado por palabras y nociones, sino como es percibido, directa e incondicionalmente, por la Inteligencia Libre, es una experiencia de inestimable valor para cualquiera y especialmente para el intelectual.»Aunque ciertas verdades "científicas" hayan sido superadas desde la publicación de este [...]

    24. In this very short book, Aldous Huxley - probably best known as the author of Brave New World - takes mescaline and chronicles his experiences with the mind-altering drug. I found Huxley's thoughts on what he described as the "Mind at Large", and how mescaline helped to turn off the brain's "reducing valve" to be very interesting. However, in describing his experiences he often discussed artists and philosophers with whom I'm not overly familiar. Not willing to put in the effort to look all of t [...]

    25. I've had my eye on this book since I read Amusing Ourselves to Death, which I reviewed earlier this year. I read a couple of comments about this essay here and there on Reddit and thought this might be a good place to reenter Huxley's writing without jumping back into a full novel. So, without looking too much further into the book, I gave it a listen.From the offset, I knew it was an essay bout his experience with the drug mescaline over the course of an afternoon. After taking the drug, Huxley [...]

    26. Huxley nos lleva por camino a través de su (literal) viaje por la experiencia del peyote o más certeramente, su principio activo: la mescalina. Nos lo describe de forma tan detallada y expresiva que vamos, hasta se antoja. Su punto de vista sobre la mescalina y sus efectos son bastante interesantes, pues su reflexión es que la mescalina sirve para "abrir las puertas de la percepción" que nos han sido cerradas por nuestro propio cerebro, para nuestra supervivencia. Así que todo lo que Huxley [...]

    27. Real rating: 5.2/10Read by and passed along by those wishing to cement a certain association with drug use, but the reality is this work is not some ground breaking state of being. Drugs were readily used during the Great Binge through out the social classes meaning that there was all ready a collective understanding of what these narcotics were doing to humanities perception, thus the perception of narcotics being a doorway to a higher spiritual awareness is left at the wayside or the college d [...]

    28. Después de quitarle el barniz de crónica de drogas, lo que queda de The doors of perception es una justificación utilitarista para regular el uso de las psicodélicas. Para Huxley el valor de esas drogas no está en la experiencia de su uso ni en sus posibles despliegues creativos, sino en una versión implícita del cálculo felicífico de Bentham: las drogas son buenas o malas en la medida en que nos distraigan de hacer cosas más (auto)destructivas. Piensa a la mezcalina como un peldaño h [...]

    29. Put off reading this 'cause--hey look, it's peyote--turns out to be one of the most accessible texts on presence ever written. It's hard to describe presence to the thinking mind, yet it is rendered here beautifully. Plus, now I read that Doors band name quote thingie, bonus points! I'd recommend to anyone, particularly those who identify as spiritual. Something worth owning and rereading, though I listened to the audiobook.

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