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The Resource Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science, Allene Symons

Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science, Allene Symons

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Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science
Title
Aldous Huxley's hands
Title remainder
his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science
Statement of responsibility
Allene Symons
Title variation
Psychedelic science
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Language
eng
Summary
"Psychedelics, neuroscience, and historical biography come together when a journalist finds a lost photograph of Aldous Huxley and uncovers a hidden side of the celebrated author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Allene Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once a friend of her father's until the summer of 2001 when she discovered a box of her dad's old photographs. For years in the 1940s and '50s, her father had meticulously photographed human hands in the hope of developing a science of predicting human aptitudes and even mental illness. In the box, along with all the other hand images, was one with the name of Aldous Huxley on the back. How was it possible for two such unlikely people to cross paths--her aircraft-engineer father and the famous author? This question sparked a journalist's quest to understand what clearly seemed to be a little-known interest of Aldous Huxley. Through interviews, road trips, and family documents, the author reconstructs a time peaking in mid-1950s Los Angeles when Huxley experimented with psychedelic substances, ran afoul of gatekeepers, and advocated responsible use of such hallucinogens to treat mental illness as well as to achieve states of mind called mystical. Because the author's father had studied hundreds of hands, including those of schizophrenics, he was invited into Huxley's research and discussion circle. This intriguing narrative about the early psychedelic era throws new light on one of the 20th-century's foremost intellectuals, showing that his experiments in consciousness presaged pivotal scientific research underway today"--
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Provided by publisher
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individual biography
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DLC
Dewey number
823/.912
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6015.U9
LC item number
Z885 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science, Allene Symons
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-295) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The world's biggest drugstore. Adaptation ; Seekers of peace ; Jacob's hands ; Chasing schizophrenia ; Stranded in the Studebaker ; Tuesday nights on North Kings Road -- One bright May morning. Take a sip of amazement ; Mescalin and Marilyn Monroe ; Slamming the doors ; The French connection ; Aldous goes rogue ; Maria ; Consternation at Menninger and Miramar ; Successor wife ; Take a pinch of psychedelic ; Convergence in Cambridge ; Purifying fire -- After Aldous. Backpedal on LSD ; With Laura under the Hollywood sign ; The visionary experience ; The return of psychedelic science ; Beside psychedelics
Control code
ocn905518357
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781633881167
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015027146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025574736
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905518357
Label
Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science, Allene Symons
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The world's biggest drugstore. Adaptation ; Seekers of peace ; Jacob's hands ; Chasing schizophrenia ; Stranded in the Studebaker ; Tuesday nights on North Kings Road -- One bright May morning. Take a sip of amazement ; Mescalin and Marilyn Monroe ; Slamming the doors ; The French connection ; Aldous goes rogue ; Maria ; Consternation at Menninger and Miramar ; Successor wife ; Take a pinch of psychedelic ; Convergence in Cambridge ; Purifying fire -- After Aldous. Backpedal on LSD ; With Laura under the Hollywood sign ; The visionary experience ; The return of psychedelic science ; Beside psychedelics
Control code
ocn905518357
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781633881167
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015027146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025574736
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905518357

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