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Sex, Drugs, Einstein & Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes and the Quest for Transcendence Paperback – January 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Publications; 2nd edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890572179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890572174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From my publisher:

Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over 30 books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, religion, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction.

Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.

WIRED magazine writes, "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." According to The Los Angeles Times, "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought."
The Christian Science Monitor writes, "Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas." Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows.

His web site, Pickover.Com, has received millions of visits. His Blog RealityCarnival.Com is one of his most popular sites.

Customer Reviews

Pickover gives us "Sex, Drugs, Einstein, & Elves"!
Ray Erskins
Reading this book is a bit like listening to the conversations they might have with eachother as they grow closer to understanding what they're feeling.
Steve C
I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't an idiot.
Thomas Eric Melendy

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Cliff Pickover's view of himself and his life are displayed in a simple, straightforward, crazy, twisty manner in this very original book. We get glimpses of Pickover's musings about language and words while at the same time learning about how other "unleash" their minds to have visions on DMT and LSD.

But don't let that scare you off, O anti-drug proponents. I consider myself to be one of the most rigid anti-drug nuts that I know, and I'm a huge prude as well. But let it be said here that Pickover never advocates drug use, but only describes the common, nearly Jungian archetypical visions that people have while high on certain hallucinogens. Very factual - it doesn't push either side of the envelope.

And it is well worth going against whatever apprehensions you might have. I learned a lot from this book, from the philological to the philosophical. The only problem with the book is how to explain it! So many topics are covered, and yet they are all held together by the thread-that-is-Pickover. A great read for anyone interested in expanding his mind (by reading).
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bill H. Joyce on July 30, 2005
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I've read 90% of the book and felt that I just had to make a comment here. This book seems to be a wonderful departure from Pickover's other works in that it is part memoir. It also gives Pickover's opinions on various segments of culture and science. He discusses our perception of reality, which can be altered in various ways by reading Proust or by various chemical enhancements.

This is certainly a creative approach! He even has a wonderful "practical" chapter on the challenges of book publishing in which he discusses the route this unusual book took to getting published.

Here are some other topics: parallel universes, brain disorders, New York literary agents, strange Bibles, and the wisdom of Holiday-Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. Read the book, and pump up the neurons in your mind.

Here is the Table of Contents:

1. On Fugu Sushi and Transdimensional Reality Worms

2. The Quantum Mechanics of Hopi Indians

3. Bertrand Russell's Twenty Favorite Words

4. DMT, Moses, and The Quest For Transcendence

5. Brain Syndromes Open Portals to Parallel Universes

6. From Holiday Inn to the Head of Christ

7. The Business of Book Publishing: Unplugged, Up Close, & Personal

8. Neoreality and the Quest for Transcendence

9. Oh God, Einstein's Brain and Eyes are Missing

10. Burning Man and the Conquest of Reality
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. F. Tallmadge on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wow, I should leave my review at just that one word, WOW.

This book is a unique gem. There is simply nothing else that is even remotely like this book. Pickover takes you on a tour of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, DMT, parallel universes, quantum immortality, and Marcel Proust; just to name a few of the diverse and disparate topics he touches on. A comprehensive bibliography allows the reader to undertake a more detailed exploration of the topics he or she finds the most interesting. This creates a slight problem, as everything mentioned in this book is fascinating beyond belief.

Sex, Drugs, Einstein and Elves makes no hard assertions. It is left to you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions and form your own opinions. After reading this you will never look at the world in quite the same way.

Pickover's book is eminently readable. No background in science or math is needed to appreciate and enjoy this book, just an open and curious mind.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken Nickerson on February 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Remember when you we're young and could lay back on a grassy hill, look into the sky and imagine all the things that flowed from an unconstrained mind. That's what it's like to read this Pickover book. The ideas are interesting, all over the map while he tries to grasp the issue of "what's it all about?". The references are terrific and it's printed jazz for the mind. Greatly enjoyed it, but still not totally sure why.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sussi G. on January 8, 2006
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I bought this book for my brother-in-law for Christmas, checked out a few pages and could not give it away until I had read every delicious word.

It triggered a creative stream of thought for me, and new ideas and thoughts about the world just keep flowing along. What if...?

I'm even considering checking Marcel Proust out of the library.

Don't read this book unless you're ready to step into the "shift". (Don't worry, there's hardly any sex in it.)

Sussi Gilbert
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Messer on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Very rarely do you see a book like this. Most books, especially non-fiction works, deal with a singular subject and branch off into sub-topics. You won't find that here. Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves covers everything in the title... and God, and writing, and Burning Man, and aliens, and mathematics, and Proust, and further subject matter so diversifed that it could only come from the mind of Pickover.

Describing this book isn't easy, but picture the kind of book Carl Sagan would write after spending a week with Hunter Thompson and you begin to get the barest hint of what Dr. Pickover holds in store for you.

Incidentally, larger publishers passed over this book; probably because they thought it too risky. (That's covered inside too.) A smaller publisher, Smart Publications, picked up on it and lived up to their name. Brilliant work all around!
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