A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #5 Back Through the Door

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Last “Doors” excerpt for ya…this quote ends the book: This (spiritual) given reality is an infinite which passes all understanding and yet admits of being directly and in some sort totally apprehended. It is a transcendence belonging to another order than the human, and yet it may be present to us as a felt immanence, an experienced participation. To be enlightened is to be aware, … Continue reading

A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #4 Over Against the Quietist

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Huxley’s reflections on quietism against the “active contemplative,” and the effect of mescaline on one’s will toward action: But meanwhile my question remained unanswered. How was this cleansed perception to be reconciled with a proper concern with human relations, with the necessary chores and duties, to say nothing of charity and practical compassion? The age-old debate between the actives and the contemplatives was being renewed—renewed, … Continue reading

A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #3 “Brain as Reducing Valve”

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“Reflecting on my experience, I find myself agreeing with the eminent Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C. D. Broad, “that we should do well to consider much more seriously than we have hitherto been inclined to do the type of theory which Bergson put forward in connection with memory and sense perception. The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs … Continue reading

A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #2 “Naked Existence”

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This is part of Huxley’s description of his experience while on mescaline…what he might label “cleansed perception”: “The other world to which mescaline admitted me was not the world of visions; it existed out there, in what I could see with my eyes open.  The great change was in the realm of objective fact.  What had happened to my subjective universe was relatively unimportant. I … Continue reading

A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #1 “Island Universes”

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“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.  The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.  Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain.  By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude.  … Continue reading