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Goodreads j you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Doors dgarma Perception by Aldous Huxley. The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley.

First published init details 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 in May The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake’s poem ‘The Marriage The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley.


The Doors of Perception

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. HardcoverFirst Edition U. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Doors of Perceptionplease sign up. Is there other books that are similar to this, I mean Ive been looking for a book as creative and realistic as this but couldn’t find any.

Whats great about this book, its not a huge book in terms of pages but the content is huge not letter count? See all 4 questions about The Doors of Perception…. Lists with This Book. Oct 17, B0nnie rated it it was amazing. Yes, the day Huxley died.

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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 up, November 22, For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. The session was recorded and he was able to reconstruct “the trip” and his thoughts very thoroughly. It is quite evident the man truly had a beautiful mind. He is erudite, witty and full of good will toward men. Ironically, part of the trip occurs at “the world’s biggest drugstore”, where, browsing through some art books, he waxes eloquent on art and culture.

His thoughts on drapery make you believe that folds in a piece of cloth are the most important thing in the world. And I would have to agree. In the average Madonna or Apostle the strictly human, fully representational element accounts for about ten per cent of the whole. All the rest consists of many colored variations on the inexhaustible theme of crumpled wool or linen.

And these non-representational nine-tenths of a Madonna or an Apostle may be just as important qualitatively as they are in quantity. They had seen the Istigkeit, the Allness and Infinity of folded cloth and had done their best to render it in paint or stone. Necessarily, of course, without success.


For the glory and the wonder of pure existence belong to another order, beyond the Power of even the highest art to express. But in Judith’s skirt I could clearly see what, if I had been a painter of genius, I might have made of my old gray flannels.

However Huxley was dismayed that Doors had been used in the launch of the counterculture of the s. That he ends up on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s was not exactly what he intended. But if he inspired Within You Without You rather than “come on baby, light my fire” I think he would not have minded. Who did they all think they were? In spite of his contempt for naturalistic art, the old visionary knew a good thing when he saw it- except of course, when it was by Rubens.

His sickness consists in the inability to take refuge from inner and outer reality as the sane person habitually does in the homemade universe of common sense – the strictly human world of useful notions, shared symbols and socially acceptable conventions. The schizophrenic is like a man permanently under the influence of mescalin, and therefore unable to shut off the experience of a reality which he is not holy enough to live with, which he cannot explain away because it is the most stubborn of primary facts, and which, because it never permits him to look at the world with merely human eyes, scares him into interpreting its unremitting strangeness, its burning intensity of significance, as the manifestations of human or even cosmic malevolence, calling for the most desperate countermeasures, from murderous violence at one end of the scale to catatonia, or psychological suicide, at the other.

View all 17 comments. An erudite artist and scholar tripping on mescaline. 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.

Huxl An erudite artist and scholar tripping on mescaline. His drug-induced musings reminded me of the The Exegesis of Philip K. The second part, though, is what really hooked me. Huxley, speaking from the early 50s does the green libertarians one better by advocating for mescaline. Like the persuasive argument today about how tobacco and alcohol are far more harmful than illegal pot, Huxley goes on to articulate how mescaline is the more spiritual and beneficial for society and even for religion.

A surprisingly entertaining and illuminating essay. View all 6 comments. 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 Increasingly, I’m learning that perception is far more complicated than I ever imagined. Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has shown that “the human retina can transmit data at roughly 10 million bits per second.

For one thing, it compensates for anything that prevents us from seeing things as normal. InGeorge Stratton experimented with eyeglasses that inverted his vision. After a few days, his brain adapted and Stratton saw everything the right way up. The brain, needing to process data rapidly, is predisposed to see a perceptual setwhich means we see what we expect to see, based largely on prior experience. No wonder children look at the world with such wide eyes–they are truly lookingwhereas adults are watching re-runs.


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

An interesting springboard into the discussion was Huxley’s admission of being quite ordinary in artistic skills, yet wanting to see the world as an artist sees it. Likewise, he wanted to see and feel about the world as would a mystic. Most of the essay described exactly that. An interesting section, which I expect has been more thoroughly researched by now, discusses adrenochrome, a product of the decomposition of adrenalin.

Huxley wrote that adrenochrome “can produce many of the symptoms observed in mescalin intoxication. But adrenochrome probably occurs spontaneously in the human body. In other words, each one of us may be capable of manufacturing a chemical, minute doses of which are known to cause profound changes in consciousness.

Certain of these changes are similar to those which occur in that most characteristic plague of the twentieth century, schizophrenia. Huxley thought it prevented the brain from filtering input from our senses, thereby making everything intense and amazing.

The end result was to make other things less important, such as the idea of the individual and our self-importance. If we have a finite capability for ‘input’, then it stands to reason that turning the valve on the senses will change other aspects of our world view. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.

According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large. The other edge of the sword is that one cannot operate or navigate in this world, outside a lock down mental facility, with other than a brain that functions within certain margins of filtration. While under the influence of mescalin, Huxley lost interest in relationships and all sorts of trivial pursuits necessary to sustain life in society. 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 afte.

Sidenote from internet arrte According to her account of his death, in This Timeless Moment, she obliged with an injection at He died at 5: Such a happy hippie trip in Huxley’s words La delicadeza con la que Huxley narra cada momento de su “viaje”, es divina. Es la primera vez que h autor casi me convence de rendirme a esta clase de situaciones. Una joya que no tiene el reconocimiento que merece. View all 3 comments.

Dec 13, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: This must’ve dharna minds when it came out. Now though, it’s lost its edge.