Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything
"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad." - Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley's inspired 1956 essay, The Doors of Perception, detailed the vivid, mind-expanding, multisensory insights of his mescaline adventures.
The Doors of Perception
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By altering his brain chemistry with natural psychotropics, Huxley tapped into a rich and fluid world of shimmering, indescribable beauty and power.
With his neurosensory input thus triggered, Huxley was able to enter that parallel universe described by every mystic and space captain in recorded history.
Whether by hallucination or epiphany, Huxley sought to remove all controls, all filters, all cultural conditioning from his perceptions and to confront Nature or the World or Reality first-hand - in its unpasteurized, unedited, unretouched, infinite rawness.
Those bonds are much harder to break today, half a century later.
We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our very awareness of the whole design seems like it is being subtly and inexorably erased. more