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Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments Paperback – May 8, 2014
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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!
A pioneer in many fields. Highly recommended.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Very intriguing read with various forms of psychoanalytic work. John C. Lilly was very open minded and mapped out the psyche and quantum neurological components of the human... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cameron Johnston
Dr. Lilly was the master. Well written. This is the handbook to reprogramming your biocomputer.Published 13 months ago by Christopher Marshall
Brilliant work by a brilliant explorer. In addition to his work on mapping consciousness, he was on the forefront of human-dolphin communicationsPublished on June 29, 2014 by Jacob Teitelbaum MD
John C. Lily invented float tanks which have helped me a lot with backpain. I'd like to see more of a focus on environment and it's effect on cognition in science today.Published on June 18, 2014 by Michael Leyzerzon
We've been running a float center and building floatation tanks since 1993 - and all through that time this book has been out of print - we had to purchase our own prized copy for... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by TheTruthisOutThere
Awesome book. It is a Great thing the people at Coincidence Control Publishing have done by releasing this classic to the public, once again. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Gabe Fries