1/5 2020

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell Aldous Huxley


I thought that, for something written in 1956, this was an interesting exploration of the relationship between psychedelics and the human mind. This copy included two works that went well together, and you can see the thread of thought continuing in Huxley's mind through the separate works. For something as nebulous as psychedelics (and psychology), Huxley tries to explore the interactions while being as grounded as possible, bringing in examples from art history as well as mental disablities like schizophrenia. Even approaching the writing with a completely neutral perspective on the content, the writing flows with the same artistry that Huxley is known for. I don't think I'll be rereading this in the near future, as there isn't a lot of technical content that needs to be digested longterm, but I am definitely interested in his many other works.

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