Half an hour after swallowing the drug I became aware of a slow dance of golden lights . . . Among the most profound explorations of the effects of mind-expanding drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell—in which Aldous Huxley, author of the bestselling 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.
Author : Aldous Huxley
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WITH A FOREWORD J.G. BALLARD In 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed. Huxley described his experience with breathtaking immediacy in The Doors of Perception. In its sequel Heaven and Hell, he goes on to explore the history and nature of mysticism. Still bristling with a sense of excitement and discovery, these illuminating and influential writings remain the most fascinating account of the visionary experience ever written.
Inspired by the poetry of William Blake, Heaven and Hell delves into the murky topic of human consciousness through a discussion of religious mystical perception, biochemistry and psychoactive drug experimentation. Heaven and Hell explains how science, art, religion, literature, and psychoactive drugs can expand the reader’s everyday view of reality, offering a more profound grasp of the human experience. Like his earlier essay, The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley’s Heaven and Hell exerted a tremendous influence on the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, inspiring the imaginations of an entire generation of artists and revolutionaries like Jim Morrison and Jackson Pollack. HarperTorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library.
»Ein versöhnliches, heiteres Werk mit köstlichen Szenen und eigenwilligen Gestalten« Die Welt Als Sebastian Barnack zu einer festlichen Party eingeladen wird, gerät er in Verlegenheit, denn er besitzt keinen Abendanzug. Sein Vater, überzeugter Sozialist, weigert sich ihm dieses bürgerliche Klassen- und Statussymbol zu kaufen. An Sebastians Versuchen, dieses Kleidungsstückes habhaft zu werden, knüpfen sich Schuld und Verbrechen, die ihn schließlich erkennen lassen, dass nichts, was man tut ohne Konsequenzen bleibt ...
In 1954 Aldous Huxley's hugely influential book "The Doors of Perception" was published. Huxley's title is taken from William Blake's 1793 book "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". In this Blake makes the following observation: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." Opening the Doors of Perception will update Huxley's work and suggest process and procedures whereby man can, indeed, perceive reality in its true glory. The book will be in two sections. The first will discuss in great detail a concept I first introduced in my book The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self. I termed this the "scale of transcendence" and suggested that there is a scale of perceptions whereby the doors of perception are slowly opened and, bit by bit, they reveal the true nature of "reality" as suggested by most esoteric teachings and mystic traditions. Most human beings perceive the doors as being securely closed. However there are occasions when the doors become slightly ajar and allow fleeting glimpses of what the Gnostics called "The Pleroma". For "normal" people these glimpses are experienced during fleeting "noetic" experiences. However for others the doors are prized upon by certain neurological processes starting with migraine and progressing through various "altered-states" such as temporal lobe epilepsy, bi-polar syndrome, autism and finally, when the doors are fully open, schizophrenia.
Der vierte Roman Aldous Huxleys, 1928 erschienen, ist ein Schlüsselroman seiner Epoche In Huxleys satirischen Gesellschaftsbild der Zwanzigerjahre werden nicht nur die brillanten und frivolen Intellektuellen porträtiert, sondern auch der Frage nachgegangen, wie ein glückliches, gesundes Leben aussehen kann. Bei den Partys von Lady Tantamount feiern die schillerndsten Persönlichkeiten, an denen die moralischen Dilemmas ihrer Zeit offensichtlich werden. Marjorie hat ihre Familie verlassen, um mit Walter zu leben, Walter hingegen ist verliebt in die kaltherzige, verführerische Lucy. In »Kontrapunkt des Lebens« werden D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield und Huxley selbst auf höchst vergnügliche Weise dargestellt.