With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Aldous Huxley is best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World, first published in 1932. After World War II Huxley became involved in the early psychedelic-drug movement and argued that drugs such as mescaline and LSD, if used with caution, cleanse the “doors of perception” and allow us to embrace the infinite. He died in 1963 at the age of sixty-nine.
According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large. But insofar as we are animals, our business is at all costs to survive. To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet.