The Doors of Perception, and Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception, and Heaven and Hell

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Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychadelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books--The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell--in which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This new edition also features an additional essay, "Drugs That Shape Men's Minds," which is now included for the first time.

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

Publisher: New York : Perennial Library, 2009.
Edition: First Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition
ISBN: 9780061729072
Branch Call Number: 615.7883 HUXLEY A
Characteristics: 185, 22 pages : portraits ; 21 cm.


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Jan 30, 2014

Huxley examines with his customary calm, considered rationality altered states from many points of view, but essentially his view is ultimately a spiritual one. He does consider the possible links of the psychedelic experience to creativity and schizophrenia, but mostly he focuses on describing with his eloquent prose his personal experiences with mescalin which were primarily a liberation from the tyranny of ego allowing him to flow into the beauty surrounding him. Nobody has described it better since.

L1br0V0re Sep 18, 2012

Aldous Huxley was an essayist of extraordinary erudition, wit and clarity. The Doors of Perception was very influential in the 60s and deserves a close reading in our day as well.

Jul 22, 2010

For a book that inspired the naming of a 60's rock band ... The Doors. I wasn't sure what to expect at first. In all Honesty this wasn't so much a well written essay, as it was just an extremely well organized thought process of someone that has had to rethink and rationalize why they are now on the opposite side of the discussion than they were in the past.

Previous writings, such as "Brave New World" characterize the use of drugs as a means to enslave the mind, and body to make the users malleable and easy to mold into whatever product the system wishes. Whereas in "The Doors of Perception" the experiences that are related are very spiritual and uplifting. Later in life Aldous Huxley tries LSD and relates that his Mescaline experiences, as detailed in this book, were 'nothing but entertaining sideshows.'


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Apr 25, 2012

For if one always saw like this, one would never want to do anything else.

Apr 25, 2012

Draperies, as I had now discovered, are much more than devices for the introduction of non-representational forms into naturalistic painting and sculptures. For the artist as for the mescalin taker, draperies are living hieroglyphs that stand in some peculiarly expressive way for the unfathomable mystery of pure being. To what they owe this privileged status, I cannot say. Is it, perhaps, because the forms of folded drapery are so strange and dramatic that they catch the eye and in this way force the miraculous fact of sheer existence upon the attention?


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