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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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individual biography
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Symons, Allene
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Huxley, Aldous
  • Authors, English
  • Huxley, Aldous
  • Hallucinogenic drugs
  • Consciousness
  • SCIENCE / History
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
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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
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0016771707
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9781633881167
Lccn
2015027146
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Aldous Huxley's hands : his quest for perception and the origin and return of psychedelic science, Allene Symons
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0016771707
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9781633881167
Lccn
2015027146
Other physical details
ill.

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