Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience

Inhaltsverzeichnis


Foreword by Humphry Osmond

Preface by Albert Hofmann

Introduction by Alexander Shulgin


Part I: Precognition

1 1931 A Treatise on Drugs

2 1931 Wantwed, a New Pleasure

3 1932 Soma

4 1936 Propaganda and Pharmacology

5 1944 A Boundless Absence

6 1952 Downward Transcendence


Part II: Psychedelic and Visionary Experience


7 1953 Letters

8 1953 May Morning in Hollywood

9 1953 Letters

10 1954 The Door of Perception

11 1954 Letters

12 1954 The Far Continents of the Mind

13 1955 Mescaline and the "Other World"

14 1955 Letters

15 1955 Disregarded in the Darkness

16 1955 Letters

17 1956 Heaven and Hell

18 1956 Brave New World Revisited

19 1956 Letters

20 1956 History of Tension

21 1957 Letters

22 1958 Chemical Persuasion

23 1958 Letters

24 1958 Drugs That Shape Men's Minds

25 1959 Letters

26 1959 The Final Revolution

27 1960 Letters

28 1960 The Art of Fiction

29 1960 Mushroom for Lunch

30 1960 Harvard Session Report

31 1961 Letters

32 1961 London Interview

33 1961 Visionary Experience (Copenhagen)

34 1961 Exploring the Borderlands of the Mind

35 1962 Love and Work

36 1962 Letters

37 Moksha

38 Letters

39 1963 Culture and the Individual

40 1963 O Nobly Born!

Appendixes

Source Notes

Index

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Beschreibung

In May 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. The mystical and transcendent experience that followed set him off on an exploration that was to produce a revolutionary body of work about the inner reaches of the human mind. Huxley was decades ahead of his time in his anticipation of the dangers modern culture was creating through explosive population increase, headlong technological advance, and militant nationalism, and he saw psychedelics as the greatest means at our disposal to ""remind adults that the real world is very different from the misshapen universe they have created for themselves by means of their culture-conditioned prejudices."" Much of Huxley's writings following his 1953 mescaline experiment can be seen as his attempt to reveal the power of these substances to awaken a sense of the sacred in people living in a technological society hostile to mystical revelations. Moksha, a Sanskrit word meaning ""liberation,"" is a collection of the prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It includes selections from his acclaimed novels Brave New Worldand Island, both of which envision societies centered around the use of psychedelics as stabilizing forces, as well as pieces from The Doors of Perceptionand Heaven and Hell, his famous works on consciousness expansion.

Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world devoted exclusively to the literature of mind-altering drugs. Michael Horowitz was Timothy Leary’s archivist and is coauthor of
The High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs. Palmer and Horowitz live in northern California.

"Huxley was one of the first in the modern West to realize the potential value and spiritual implications of drugs. We are fortunate to have this experiential record of drug experiences."--Rhea A. White, Exceptional Human Experience Network

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Erscheinungsdatum

01.04.1999

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Michael Horowitz + weitere

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Simon & Schuster UK

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304

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Taschenbuch

Erscheinungsdatum

01.04.1999

Herausgeber

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Simon & Schuster UK

Seitenzahl

304

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20,9/13,7/2 cm

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268 g

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Englisch

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978-0-89281-758-0

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  • Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience

  • Foreword by Humphry Osmond

    Preface by Albert Hofmann

    Introduction by Alexander Shulgin


    Part I: Precognition

    1 1931 A Treatise on Drugs

    2 1931 Wantwed, a New Pleasure

    3 1932 Soma

    4 1936 Propaganda and Pharmacology

    5 1944 A Boundless Absence

    6 1952 Downward Transcendence


    Part II: Psychedelic and Visionary Experience


    7 1953 Letters

    8 1953 May Morning in Hollywood

    9 1953 Letters

    10 1954 The Door of Perception

    11 1954 Letters

    12 1954 The Far Continents of the Mind

    13 1955 Mescaline and the "Other World"

    14 1955 Letters

    15 1955 Disregarded in the Darkness

    16 1955 Letters

    17 1956 Heaven and Hell

    18 1956 Brave New World Revisited

    19 1956 Letters

    20 1956 History of Tension

    21 1957 Letters

    22 1958 Chemical Persuasion

    23 1958 Letters

    24 1958 Drugs That Shape Men's Minds

    25 1959 Letters

    26 1959 The Final Revolution

    27 1960 Letters

    28 1960 The Art of Fiction

    29 1960 Mushroom for Lunch

    30 1960 Harvard Session Report

    31 1961 Letters

    32 1961 London Interview

    33 1961 Visionary Experience (Copenhagen)

    34 1961 Exploring the Borderlands of the Mind

    35 1962 Love and Work

    36 1962 Letters

    37 Moksha

    38 Letters

    39 1963 Culture and the Individual

    40 1963 O Nobly Born!

    Appendixes

    Source Notes

    Index