Title: The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
Author: Aldous Huxley
Page Count: 185
Genre: Individual Philosophy/Religious Philosophy/Pharmacology
Quick Review: Initially I picked this book up off the shelf for it’s bright color and intriguing title. After that, the short synopsis on the back cover was all it took for me to make the purchase. The topic of the text is outside my usual comfort zone. It focused on mind altering drugs like peyote and LSD and their visionary and transcending powers. Huxley was convinced that these drugs were simply the modern day equivalent to fasting, self inflicted pain and other methods of inducing religious visions and hallucinations. Much of the book went over my head but that which I did understand I found very interesting. It was a nice change of pace and had me constantly taking notes, googling new terms and wrestling with current truths. Overall it was a thought provoking read and one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys philosophy.
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