The Doors Of Perception And Heaven And Hell
ISBN: 0060801719
EAN13: 9780060801717
Language: English
Pages: 79
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 6.8" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.1 lbs.
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Two classic complete books-The Doors of Perception (originally published in 1954) and Heaven and Hell (originally published in 1956)-in which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, explores, as only he can, the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness.

These two astounding books are among the most profound studies of the effects of mind-expanding drugs written in the 20th century-and they were essential for the counterculture during the 1960s, influencing a generation's perception of life.

A genuine spiritual quest . . . Extraordinary.-New York Times

Heaven and Hell] not only appears to be scientifically sound but is wonderfully entertaining.-The New Yorker

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   A Very Good Read of a remarkable experience
This is the second time I have read it. The first time I was in college, we were very open to all psychedelic things, he said. At that time we were all reading the books of Carlos Castaneda and were fascinated by everything that had to do with mescalin and peyote. I had read it as an endorsement for the use of mescalin. However, times changed and when I read it again, I read it as a rather erudite writing on the use of the drug, as well as the experience of the user. And, in a generous gesture of uncharacteristic compassion, some of that earlier magic was missing. It's a very good book, Michael Greenhill said. This is a remarkable book, by a remarkable writer.
   Most accurate depiction of a mescaline trip I've ever read
It's a 5 star rating, I can't get over it. It's so short, you really have nothing to lose by checking it out.
   short book, interesting take on psychedelics
I discovered this book from a friend and thought it was an interesting overview of the mecaline and peyote experience.
   Have Google on standby unless you have a master's degree in English.
Not a great imagery, yet I found myself triggered into an acid flashback while reading his story. However, despite its many adherents, psychedelic experience remains uncommon knowledge. It is clear that Aldous Huxley was the most in touch with the laymen, yet still eloquent and nearly scientific in his vocabulary.
   My favorite read
This book was perfect for me and will be perfect for anyone who has a third eye or has done hallucinogens and seen the other side of the senses, said Dr. Goin.
   Concise but thought provoking
I don't remember reading a book that was so concise yet full of thought-provoking ideas, Raymond said. The second essay has a very unique approach to analyzing arts through their ability to induce a trip to the "other world of the mind."
   Classic, Good Read, Ahead of its Time.
It didn't blow my mind, however it presents some very interesting and valid thoughts and observances, especially for its time. It's safe to say that several of his descriptions and assumptions were well ahead of their time and resonate with me today. The one thing I didn't like about the book is that I felt it went off subject and drifted too much with irrelevant subject matter, but considering when it was written, this may have been necessary to paint an accurate picture and to articulate a comparison of "normal" reality for those unfamiliar with LSD, psilocybin or Mescaline. Anyone who likes and has an interest in Huxley's work will find this book to be a good read.
   Beware of the "Important Books" edition!
Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Important Books" series. It's a bootleg printing of terrible quaity. The cover image is a low-resolution jpeg that has been stretched to more than twice its original size, the text inside was edited in MS Word without any care.
   The doors of perception is an interesting description of the ...
The doors of perception are an interesting description of the author's experience with psychedelics, but if you yourself have never tried them it might not be too interesting. Hell is worth less attention if you are not interested in art.
   but I loved the parts I managed to get down and understand
A difficult read for the average reader, but I enjoyed the parts I had to get down and understand.