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Programming the Human Biocomputer Paperback – April 29, 2004
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It is good to see this work back in print, although I prefer the layout/design of the old , out of print, paperback edition (the publisher of this new edition, Ronin, has a habit of designing most of their books in an irritating manner, as if assuming the reader is too "stoned" to read small print). Also, this edition has been edited and I prefer the original but I am sure that many will find this new edition more "reader friendly". These objections aside, Ronin has done a service in providing this work.
The contents: Lilly presents an interesting model of neurology, human bio-computer, and posits an interesting statement near the beggining of this book, "We may be nothing but our programs". Not that Lilly is a mechanist, as he had recorded greater experiences of quantum-esque with greater clarity than most "mystics".
I would especially recommend this book to those interested in LSD, transpersonal psychology, neurology, and "human potential". Therapists might find much useful information here. I read this as an undergraduate and it's effects are still experienced at times.
Lilly was a generation (or more) ahead of his time. He is almost single-handedly responsible for the great interest in dolphins (which led to the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the USA and helped to found the animal rights movement). In 1958 he noted that the brains of elephants and cetaceans were larger than ours, that we should not abuse them and that it was one our most important projects to communicate with them. He invented sensory isolation tanks (at NIMH in 1954) and used them extensively with and without powerful psychoactive drugs at a time when it was thought that either the brain would shut down or one would go insane if external stimuli were eliminated.
He created methods for implanting electrodes in mammal brains and was planning to do it to himself. He was one of the first to make serious use of computers in bioscience research and created the hardware and software to make the first attempts to communicate with dolphins. He self experimented with dangerous physiological investigations in high altitude medicine for the military during WW2, took LSD with dolphins and movie stars, submitted himself to the rigors of Arica training, and taught classes at Esalen.
He was the first one to investigate the bizarre psychedelic ketamine, and his results (published in the two last chapters of his book `The Scientist`) are still the best data on the dose/effect relation of any psychedelic on one person. And all this happened before most of us were born!Read more ›
Hopefully another publisher will come along and rerelease all Lilly's works UNTOUCHED & UNTRANSLATED as they were meant to be read.
If you new (or familiar) to Lilly, I suggest picking up the recently republished book "The Deep Self". Thank you to Gateways Books & Tapes (EJ GOLD's publishing house) for bringing back the book...
If I could give this book a ZERO star rating I would. Same goes with this publisher...
To the individual who own the rights to Lilly's work - get someone to re-release the originals untouched. We all mistakes, so maybe this is the time to get it right.
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Came very fast and was in perfect condition. I ordered maybe 10-12 books at once and this was the 2nd or 3rd to arrive. Just as advertised. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Nick Rogers
The author was far ahead of his time. As a scientist, I attest to the absolutely brilliant nature of this masterpiece. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by MXP
Lilly was one of the greatest scientists and pioneers on the limits of human possibility of modern times but after his death a collective amnesia has descended and his is now... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Featherless Biped
With the hundreds of books I've read, I have never taken the time to write a review. After practicing Psychotherapy, as well as studying and teaching classes on the mind and... Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by P. Solari