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The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (Perennial Classics) Paperback – 1 May 2004
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"Concise, evocative, wise and, above all, humane, The Doors of Perception is a masterpiece" (Sunday Times)
"There is nothing the pen of Huxley touches which it does not illuminate, and as the record of a highly civilised, brilliantly articulate man under the influence of an astonishing drug, The Doors of Perception is a tour de force" (Daily Telegraph)
"You can look at Aldous Huxley and draw parallels with the Beatles: Crome Yellow and Those Barren Leaves were his breakthrough Merseybeat books, Point Counter Point was his 'Revolver', with The Doors of Perception his full-blown Sergeant Pepper trip. Like the Beatles, Huxley had so many ideas in his head that it was natural he would want to expand and experiment. What drugs provided for them both was not escape, but reevaluation" (The Times)
"The Doors of Perception is a poignant book, partly because it reveals the human frailties and yearnings of a very cerebral writer" (Financial Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The profoundly wise and humane account of Huxley's famous experimentation with mescalin that has influenced writers and artists for decades. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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At the time I remembered thinking that "The Doors of Perception" was basically about Aldous Huxley's experiences and reflections whilst on mescaline. He also asked about such expereinces being a doorway into the world of schizophrenia and wondered if it would be worth reconsidering the philosopher Bergson's idea of the brain being basically an eliminative organ, to stop us being overwhelmed by impressions, so we can function in the everyday world. Both points are worthy of argument and Youtube has a video where he speaks, from the book,on the latter.
Heaven and Hell,which I preferred at the time is an essay on how over history people's minds have been opened up a world beyond the everyday experience of the ego (he calls it that "interfering neurotic" in the first book). Anyone who has had an aesthetic experience will know something about that "opening up". There can be beauty, in it's truest sense but there can be horror. There can be good trips and there can be bad trips. There can be ecstasy but there can be madness. There can be heaven and there can be hell (the land of lit-up-ness, as he describes it).
A worthy and fascinating read, of perennial interest, which I am pleased to return to on kindle and would certainly recommend.