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The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell

de Aldous Huxley, J G Ballard

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"Explores ... the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness ... [and] the effects of mind-expanding drugs"--P. [4] of cover.
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    Sylak: Huxley took notes from this work for his sequel to 'The Doors of Perception', titled 'Heaven and Hell'. See appendix II of the 1959 Penguin copy.
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I have a keen interest in psychoactive drugs (reading about, not doing) and this classic of the scene has been on my wishlist for a while. I came across it while browsing books in my local library on Tuesday so I just had to take it out. It's seen as a psychedelic classic along with books like Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna.

First up, this book is pretty short, my edition was only 120 pages long and contains both The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell. Both are about 50 pages long, with Heaven & Hell having several appendixes afterwards. The only previous Huxley that I have read is Brave New World which I enjoyed a lot and really started my love of fiction. This book is quite unlike that in both style and substance, I guess this is to be expected, it is non-fiction after all.

The main idea that is explored in Doors is that psychoactive drugs, in particular mescalin, allow the user to bypass the brain's natural filters. He also discusses how perhaps artists already see the world in this way to an extent. Mescalin makes it possible for non-artists to see things as artists see them. Quite frankly this is not something I necessarily agree with but the premise is an interesting one.

The reason this gets 2 stars from me is that it is pretty difficult to read. I base my ratings on how much I enjoyed reading the book and although I found it mentally stimulating I can't say that I enjoyed it. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
Aldous Huxley: respectable when one mentions "Brave New World", despised for "The Doors of Perception". This book is two books in one, the first well known. Huxley experimented with mescaline and LSD, going so far as order himself injected with many cc's of LSD on his deathbed. What a trip that must have been! He believed that LSD and other "pschedelic" drugs opened up a "valve" that normally stays closed except for intense periods when humans are mating, meditating or engaged in some intense activity. The valve is required for evolutionary survival, but it closes of much perception that is useful, just not for the everday.

A wonderful book by a legend. ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
Really not worth reading anymore. This was a big disappointment after other Huxley works; it was about as insightful as the average Erowid trip report, and much more baroque in writing. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I've never had someone parallel my thoughts on psilocybin so perfectly, yet in the absolute best wording possible... Worth a read for all of you who have had an eye-opening trip and need to consolidate some of your thoughts. Huxley somehow predicted our building of perception when we would not solidify these theories until just recently with modern neuroscience. He did it with his own doors of perception, and an excellent philosophical mindset. He predicted many things that are true. I was shocked when I found out this was written in the '50s. A true renegade of his time.
"Most of these modifiers of consciousness cannot now be taken except under doctor’s orders, or else illegally and at considerable risk. For unrestricted use, the West has permitted only alcohol and tobacco. All the other chemical Doors in the Wall are labeled Dope, and their unauthorized takers are Fiends." ( )
  064 | Dec 25, 2020 |
Wonderfully written eye opening account of another level our minds can reach. ( )
  MatthewFrend | Jun 30, 2020 |
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"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything will appear to man as it is, infinite." - William Blake
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Contains "The Doors of Perception" AND "Heaven and Hell" - please don't combine with editions containing only one of these. While not always specified in the title, the German edition with the ISBN 3492200060 contains both works and is correctly combined here!
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