Saturday, July 16, 2011
ALDOUS HUXLEY & JOHN C. LILLY: 20th CENTURY VISIONARIES (whose messages are more important now than ever)
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ALDOUS HUXLEY
"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind there are no limits."
JOHN C. LILLY
Aldous Huxley and John C. Lilly were to me two of the top visionary minds of the 20th century, among humans, that is. To a lot of people, their names are associated with psychedelic drugs and “altered states” of consciousness; they each logged many hours under the influence of various “mind manifesting” molecules, and, being the highly evolved beings they are, were able to bring back extremely valuable insights from “non-ordinary” dimensions of reality. Huxley’s Doors of Perception and Lilly’s Centre of the Cyclone are veritable bibles of psychedelia. In addition, they each engaged in scientific, literary and creative endeavours in general in many different areas, and they both authored dozens of books and articles. This short presentation is not an attempt to share the breadth and depth of these two Einsteinian minds, but to provide an introduction to their work and contributions towards the on-going re-navigation of the human process that is of critical importance now.
What stands out most to me of Huxley’s work is not Brave New World, perhaps his best known book, a “negative utopia” parallel to but different from Orwell’s 1984, but his non-fiction follow-up, Brave New World Revisited. In this book he examines his “brave new world” scenario decades later, and lucidly delineates how developments in the real world have unfolded relative to his vision. This book is in many ways a blue-print of a lot that is unfolding in the world at this time, 50 years later, particularly the chapters on propaganda in democracies and dictatorships.
John Lilly’s explorations with psychedelics sprung from his communication research with dolphins, and it’s this work for which he is best known. I consider him to be one of my most important teachers, and am honoured that I not only got to meet and talk with him several times, in California in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but also wrote an in-depth article at his request on their dolphin work for a Bay area magazine. Most significantly, I was present at the Human/Dolphin Foundation lab on the day that two dolphins, Joe and Rosie, arrived from the Gulf of Mexico; later on I got to swim with them and play them some recorded jazz through the state-of-the-art computer system that shifted the frequency range of the sound from ours into theirs. This was a pretty mind-blowing experience. Ever since then the whales and dolphins have been my biggest heroes on this planet and a large part of our work as full-spectrum artists and information activists concerns the human threat to the well-being of cetaceans as well as an attempt to understand who they are as fellow sentient beings here on Mother Earth.
Here is the link to read the article I wrote for them in 1980:
And here is a link to "Notes on My Connection with Arthur C. Clarke", where I describe this dolphin encounter in greater detail, as well as my Cetacean/Arecibo Project that Arthur was advising me on.
Lilly’s book The Mind of the Dolphin: A Non-Human Intelligence is an epistemological and psychological landmark towards a profound understanding not only of “other beings” who have been on this planet far longer than we have, but even more importantly, towards a deeper understanding of the extreme limitations that we, homo sapiens, “man, the wise”, face in any efforts to get outside the species-wide hallucination we call “reality.” Lilly’s central hypothesis was that if we can’t even respect or “communicate” with fellow sentient mammals with brains more highly evolved than our own, on the same planet as us, what possible chance could we have to comprehend in any way “beings from another world” or planet.
I am afraid that both Aldous Huxley and John C. Lilly would shudder in disbelief at how the world has changed since their dimensional shifts, and particularly, not only how the human attack on the whales has grown exponentially, but also the human attack on humanity and the Earth herself...all facilitated by high technology under-going uncontrolled metastasis.
Lilly’s most chilling observation was that a battle was occurring on Earth at this time, between two forms of “life”: water-based life formed from carbon and DNA, which is basically life as we know her; and what he called the “solid-state intelligence”, an electronic “life-form” based on silicon that cannot function in the presence of water. He believed, or rather witnessed, how the “solid-state entity” currently needs humans to construct it, since it is not “alive” in the sense of being able to reproduce or repair itself, and how the “sse” manipulated human affairs below our level of awareness to generate conflict and warfare of man against man and man against cetacean. Lilly believed that the whales and dolphins acted as ‘repeater stations’ for signals from other planets with water-based life in our galaxy. It’s a very interesting hypothesis: look around at how much of our damage to the Earth, to ourselves, and to the whales is made possible because of sophisticated electronic technological systems, all based on computers, and now including the “sci-fi” technetronic weapons systems like H.A.A.R.P. The U.S. Navy is truly the greatest enemy of the cetaceans, by several orders of magnitude; not only do they operate the H.A.A.R.P. network but also the LFAS, “low-frequency active sonar” that is exterminating cetaceans around the world.
HERE ARE LINKS TO LISTEN TO TALKS BY LILLY AND HUXLEY
JOHN C. LILLY
SELECTED INFORMATION: ALDOUS HUXLEY
Television Interview (1958)
Aldous Huxley: The Ultimate Revolution (1962)
Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, here discusses influence, controlling the public mind and government.
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
It seems to me that the nature of the ultimate revolution with which we are now faced is precisely this: That we are in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who have always existed and presumably will always exist to get people to love their servitude. This is the, it seems to me, the ultimate in malevolent revolutions shall we say, and this is a problem which has interested me many years and about which I wrote thirty years ago, a fable, Brave New World, which is an account of society making use of all the devices available and some of the devices which I imagined to be possible making use of them in order to, first of all, to standardize the population, to iron out inconvenient human differences, to create, to say, mass produced models of human beings arranged in some sort of scientific caste system. Since then, I have continued to be extremely interested in this problem and I have noticed with increasing dismay a number of the predictions which were purely fantastic when I made them thirty years ago have come true or seem in process of coming true. A number of techniques about which I talked seem to be here already. And there seems to be a general movement in the direction of this kind of ultimate revolution, a method of control by which a people can be made to enjoy a state of affairs by which any decent standard they ought not to enjoy. This, the enjoyment of servitude, Well this process is, as I say, has gone on for over the years, and I have become more and more interested in what is happening.
“A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly centralized, all-powerful executive, hence the absurdity of talking about the defense of democracy by force of arms. A democracy which makes or effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic.”
“The twentieth century is, among other things, the Age of Noise. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire -- we hold history's record for all of them. And no wonder; for all the resources of our almost miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence. That most popular and influential of all recent inventions, the radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a Babel of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas. And where, as in most countries, the broadcasting stations support themselves by selling time to advertisers, the noise is carried from the ear, through the realms of phantasy, knowledge and feeling to the ego's core of wish and desire. Spoken or printed, broadcast over the ether or on wood-pulp, all advertising copy has but one purpose -- to prevent the will from ever achieving silence. Desirelessness is the condition of deliverance and illumination. The condition of an expanding and technologically progressive system of mass production is universal craving. Advertising is the organized effort to extend and intensify the workings of that force, which (as all the saints and teachers of all the higher religions have always taught) is the principal cause of suffering and wrong-doing and the greatest obstacle between the human soul and its Divine Ground.”
from Silence, Liberty, and Peace (1946)
LINK TO DOWNLOAD BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED (pdf)
SELECTED INFORMATION: JOHN C. LILLY
VIDEO INTERVIEW, “The Scientist”
“Solid State Intelligence or SSI is a malevolent entity described by John C. Lilly (see The Scientist). According to Lilly, the network of computation-capable solid state systems (electronics) engineered by humans will eventually develop (or has already developed) into an autonomous life-form. Since the optimal survival conditions for this life-form (low-temperature vacuum) are drastically different from those needed by humans (room temperature aerial atmosphere and adequate water supply), Lilly predicted (or "prophesied", based on his ketamine-induced visions) a dramatic conflict between the two forms of intelligence.
Lilly was interested in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. In 1961 a group of scientists including Lilly gathered at the Green Bank Observatory to discuss the possibility of using the techniques of radio astronomy to detect evidence of intelligent life outside our Solar System. They called themselves The Order of the Dolphin after Lilly's work with dolphins. They developed the Drake equation to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy."
“Dr. Lilly began having contact with another alien intelligence agency, which he called (SSI), short for Solid State Intelligence. SSI was a supercomputer-like entity, much in the same techno-mystical vein as Philip K. Dick's VALIS. But unlike VALIS, SSI was of a malevolent nature, at odds with ECCO [Earth Coincidence Contro Office, Lilly’s name for “god”]. SSI's apparent goal was to conquer and dominate all biological life forms on Earth. To combat SSI, ECCO enlisted Lilly in this archetypal battle of good against evil, charging him with the mission of alerting the world at large to these solid state beings of evil intent. To further confirm the dual existences of these two opposing alien intelligence networks, Lilly was given a sign, and message, in the autumn of 1974. Flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Dr. Lilly saw the comet Kohoutek out of the southern sky. Momentarily the comet grew brighter. At this point a message was laser-beamed into Lilly's mind, which said: "We are Solid State Intelligence and we are going to demonstrate our power by shutting down all solid state equipment to LAX."
Dr. Lilly shared his foreboding message with his wife Toni, who was seated next to him. A few minutes later, the pilot instructed the passengers that they were being diverted to Burbank due to a plane that had crash-landed near the runway and had knocked down power lines, causing a power failure at the airport.”
"In the province of connected minds, what the network believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the network's mind there are no limits."
"Our only security is our ability to change."
LINK TO DOWN-LOAD ALL LILLY BOOKS