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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Float On (May 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692217894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692217894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,022 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. 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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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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This is a both a period book of historical significance and a book that set the stage of the "New Age" flood of hip books. John Lilly began as a seriously respected main stream scientist. His book "The Mind of the Dolphin" began his journey into alternate spheres of realities. After spending many hours in sensory deprevation tanks both with and without the addition of LSD he began to present writings such as this to detail his inner exploation in a manner similar to Tim Leary and Richard Alpert aka Babba Ram Das. Now many years after having read this book I would like to have a chance to re-read it, especially in light of the advances made in main stream Neuro-Psychiatry. What was thought to be "fringe science" may make more sense in light of our recent advances. This book is more coherent than his later work, "Center of the Cyclone". As a knowlegeable armchair psychopharmocologist and a professional psychotherapist I can say this book needs to be re-evaluated.
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A difficult but enlightening read. As a previous reviewer said, an attempt to write an owner's manual to the brain: a guidebook on voluntary neuroplasticity and modifying your own internal wiring. Obviously not the final word but a worthy effort and far ahead of its time (in the West at least).

A pioneer in many fields. Highly recommended.
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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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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 almost forgotten.

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!

He had courage, honesty and integrity that is rare anywhere and almost nonexistent in science.
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