Saturday, April 24, 2004

John Lilly crossed my mind today

I was much interested in Lilly's work. I have never swum with dolphins, but his books about dolphin research (done as if they were at least as smart as us, if not more so - rather than 'dumb animals') kept my spirits up throughoout the 1970s.

That such a smart brain might believe that something could be learned from taking LSD, rather than just lost, was helpful, too. Although I must admit his experiments with 'Vitamin K' (what he shyly called ketamine at the time) did seem to have taken him into some far out places. And he was putting implants into monkey brains when he started out, having survived a Catholic upbringing, and was into a high protein (meat) diet - so he wasn't entirely a 'nice man' or hippie guru....

"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."

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