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We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. His sickness consists in the inability to take refuge from inner and outer reality as the sane person habitually does in the homemade universe of common sense – the strictly human world of useful notions, shared symbols and socially acceptable conventions.

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To ask other readers questions about The Doors of Perceptionplease sign up. The idea that the human brain can have knowledge of My hopes were partially fulfilled in the second half of the essay, in which Huxley examined the natural human urge to experience the world through the lens of any kind of drug or alcohol, and how this relates to current legal policy and common conceptions of mental well-being.

It’s fascinating, insightful, and provided more food for thought than pretty much everything I read in g. Tampoco puede sorprender la actitud corriente frente al alcohol y viual tabaco.

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Not on my list of great writers, but an interesting person with ideas. Apr 20, Cecilia rated it it was ok. The session was recorded and he was able to reconstruct “the trip” and his thoughts very thoroughly. Well, the reasons for me not getting to it until now are even more boring and inconsequential than this sentence. All this is necessary from an evolutionary point-of-view, since survival depends on quick data interpretation and reaction–useful for escaping lions, for example.


Many of the experiences that he describes relating to self awareness and the realisation of the ego are similar to the effects I have experienced through meditation, making it an interesting read.

I found this book in my dad’s library when I was eighteen, and took to it immediately. Necessarily, of course, without success.

Likewise, he wanted to see and feel about the world as would a mystic. I found it to be quite fascinating.

You can see a great deal of Morrison’s persona distilled in this book, it would have been great if he borrowed a little more from its tone when he read it. The other edge of the sword is that one cannot operate or navigate in this world, outside a lock down mental facility, with other than a brain that functions within certain margins of filtration.

The initial part is a first person narrative about his experiences taking peyote and his descriptions of the insight. The title comes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. Action 1 3 Feb 17, View all 3 comments. Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has shown that “the human retina can transmit data at roughly 10 million bits per prcepcin.

This is exactly the point of view Huxley uses here.

The second part, though, is what really hooked me. I could not help but be swept up by Huxley’s writing style, his intellectual examination of the drugs effects and the theories he applies to his o Aldous Huxley will always be one of my favourite writers as he has a way of capturing my imagination in a unique way. Here’s a more entertaining, though less enlightening example: An article in the online journal, Nature, described the mechanism by which the brain “sees” what our eyes are going to see before our eyes see it.


As a background he deals with mescalin and its impact on body and mind. Huxley recognized this to be the fault of Mescaline – you get lost in yourself. We have a little more leeway these days, but what do we do with it?

Many of the experiences that he describes relating to self awareness and The best book I have ever read. I needn’t have bothered. Sight, as an example, isn’t simply eyes acting like cameras, sending image data to the brain for interpretation. According to her account of his death, in This Timeless Moment, she obliged with an injection at I mean, if you’ve got to use filler in a 60 page novette, the book probably could’ve just visula a lengthy article or pamphlet.

The Doors of Perception

Yes, the day Huxley died. Books percepxin Aldous Huxley. Also, imagining the guy hunching next to the bamboo legs of a chair whilst gazing at them with childlike delight is a nice little visual. However, I never did get around to reading Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perceptionthe book title from which the band was named.