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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 12 February 2012
I don't understand why this book is so seldom reprinted, because this is arguably the greatest exposition of Huxley's personal philosophy that exists. His insights into the future and his prediction of many current developments are startling. This is a book to read again and again, and is a must-read in my opinion, for anyone interested in current global developments and future challenges.
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on 22 October 2013
This book is unfortunately out of print, but it is very important to know in depth the philosophy of Aldous Huxley. This book covers important topics such as the environment, religion, language, the future, man, war, art, etc. .... all in lectures he gave at Santa Barbara in 1959. It really is a very important complement to other works of Huxley. It is an ideal complement to Brave New World Revisited, and to some of his articles and interviews he gave in the last years of his life. It is another opportunity to learn from one of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century. You can see that his knowledge is encyclopedic and his commitment to the human being seeking a balance between science and human values​​. It really is incomprehensible that this book is not reissued. Highly recommended for students of Aldous Huxley.
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on 12 March 2014
Having read Brave New World and The Doors of Perception, I was eager to explore more of this amazing man's work. In his aptly named book 'The Human Situation, you'll find a transcribed series of lectures given at the University of Santa Barbera in 1959.

Each relatively short lecture modestly deals with a seperate area of our species considered most pertinent to the shortcoming future, and (as one review correctly states) the breadth of knowledge displayed by Huxley is quite simply remarkable. His gift of marrying science and literature is seen in virtually every paragraph, with regular sojourns into his well of knowledge to discuss the works of ancient greek scholars, medieval artists, poetry, and the emerging scientific discoveries of his time. As such, this book is a beatiful read as well as a stimulating one which has greatly surpassed my initial expectations. The disbelief that the words I was reading were almost 55 years old regularly came to mind; a sure sign of how little his works seemed to have aged (similarly to other books of Huxley's I have had the fortune to read) .

My favourite chapters were 'Man and His Planet', 'The World's Future', and 'Natural History of Visions'. However, all chapters have their own individual gems, and each flows from one to the another as if given in one continuous session.

I highly recommend this book to Huxley fans and non-Huxley fans alike, since I can see it's appeal to anyone with a willingness to broaden their scope of the human psyche, the nature of ideas, as well as many other issues integral to being human.

5 stars.
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on 12 April 2013
Huxley produces something which is still as relevant, fresh and valid today as it was when he first wrote these essays. Such an interesting man and with a brilliant writing style. Has to be the best author ever - always worth a good read…and can be done in bite sized chunks
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on 5 November 2014
another great series of essays by the master
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