"A genuine spiritual quest. . . . Extraordinary." — New York Times
Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychedelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell—in which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This edition also features an additional essay, "Drugs That Shape Men's Minds," now included for the first time.
A Peephole Into Another World
Few could describe such an experience so vividly as Huxley. Some imagery and mental connections will stick with me forever like the following: suggesting mysticism and religion to be byproducts of induced states of consciousness - whether through peyote or wine; his views on how some people can be tapped into these other states more often than others (such as the best artists); and his reflection on schizophrenics who live in constant dread to overexposure to what would otherwise be heaven. Also, to make connections between deep seated beauty biases (such as gems), artwork, and religious, induced states suggests an analytical mind always trying to sort chaos into a recognizable schema. I also like how he doesn’t refute religion simply because it may be from these supposedly induced states. All in all, a great read for people looking for an exotic perspective.
~ Inspired the name for the band called "The D00rs".