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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Float On (May 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692217894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692217894
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had a copy of this book as well as two others by Lilly that I greatly treasured.
Delia O'Riordan
As a fan of floating, I took for granted the experience that float tanks provide without ever really knowing the history behind it all.
Derek
Take your time reading this - it can be quite complex, but, it's fascinating and enlightening stuff.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Delia O'Riordan on May 15, 2014
I had a copy of this book as well as two others by Lilly that I greatly treasured. After moving house more times than I care to count, I confess to having lost those volumes somewhere along the way. A pity because Lilly's work has always been an inspiration to me. He was a controversial and scholarly researcher who was not afraid to undertake research on a particular issue simply because it made his colleagues uneasy. LSD's potentially useful mental health applications and the value of complete sensory deprivation in a flotation tank to learn more about psychosis brought on by prolonged isolation made a lot of scientists treat Lilly as a pariah. That never deterred him. However, Dr. Lilly was ultimately most famous for his research in interspecies communications using captive wild Dolphins. His methods and procedures were scientifically impeccable but he came to realise that the Dolphins had a level of consciousness on a par with or superior to that of humans. The finding shocked him. The ethical implication of keeping a sentient species captive for his scientific convenience was clear to him: it was not acceptable. What he had learned from his work with the Dolphins in his specially designed tanks was that interspecies communication was not only feasible, it was inevitable once we stop assuming that animals are "inferior" to humans. At the time (early 1960s), the primary differences between Humans and Animals were the human invention of language and the use of tools. Starting in the late 60s and early 70s, however, it became apparent that animals are capable of creating both language and tools and had done so for a long time. As better field observation protocols developed, the assumptions based on unique human language and tool-making began to fall away.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Derek on May 15, 2014
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I was fortunate enough to receive a pre-release edition of this book and it really helped to open my eyes into the early research that John C. Lilly performed using mind altering substances and sensory deprivation.

As a fan of floating, I took for granted the experience that float tanks provide without ever really knowing the history behind it all.

This book contains early John Lilly findings that inspired further isolation research by Lilly involving the magical boxes we now call float tanks.

Overall... the quality of the printing is spectacular and it's nice to see a reprint done right!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S.T. on May 15, 2014
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An important book. Take your time reading this - it can be quite complex, but, it's fascinating and enlightening stuff. Well worth the effort!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian McIntosh on May 15, 2014
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In this book Lilly describes self-metaprogramming, the idea that your internal software, the way your brain operates, the loops that run all day, the self doubt, self criticism, the echoes of childhood trauma, the habits and patterns we accumulate, are entirely up for refactoring, for rewriting, is possibly the most self-empowering idea I've encountered.

Lilly was also a pioneer of Float Tanks, one of the single greatest external tools for achieving effective self-metaprogramming, and this book sheds light on the early days of this effort.

Thank you, John C Lilly, and thank you Coincidence Control Publishing for releasing this edition unabridged, straight from John's biocomputer to yours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sustainably Abundant on May 15, 2014
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I have been interested in the use of psychdelics for a while and scared to death to do so. Now, it is possible to experience the same states of being without any drugs. That is absolutely amazing!
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'Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer' made by Dr. John C. Lilly is a reprint of a very important scientific book that was written almost fifty years ago, still being the most sincere and well-made try to explain and examine the psychedelic experience while using LSD.

Besides those subject Lilly discusses the invention of float tanks, communication with dolphins and other interesting things related to our brain, or as he called it - human biocomputer.

Certainly, Dr. John C. Lilly was a different type of scientist who has turned his back on the academic community to perform research about things that no matter how interesting were still for a long time taboo.

Therefore, if you want to read a scientific book which though fifty years old is today as fresh as in 60s when it was written, you will not regret it if you will select 'Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer’. Writing it Lilly managed to create work that in same time uses scientific approach and particular personal inner states.
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Brilliant work by a brilliant explorer. In addition to his work on mapping consciousness, he was on the forefront of human-dolphin communications
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