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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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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).
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
In the same way, I'd love to see a Version of this book minus Mr.Pickovers constant self appraisal and self-advertising. He can't stop talking about how he is the most prolific writer, that his obscure SF Novels are awesome, that he prolific writer..oh did I mention? He's a prolific writer! Short: Mr.Pickover is full of himself.
Nevertheless, his collection of ideas is certainly entertaining and stimulating to the mind and I've enjoyed them. He's not quite the deep thinker, prophet and philosoph he paints himself. But his work was enjoyable despite his annoying antics.
Well..."you shouldn't care about it, as long as the book is good itself, right?" Wrong. It just annoys me. He paints his book as some sort of "reality carnival" but "ego carneval" would be more suitable.
The "talking" reaches it's climax as he confesses to never have taken DMT, yet he talks about the importance of establishing a center for DMT elve reasearch. But here's the real kicker: He says the reason for never taking the substance is because he is so "psychedelic himself" just like dali. To undermine his opinion, he lets his readers know, that his Artwork is featured at erowid alongside other psychedelic artists - go figure!
And just as you think it couldn't get any more ridiciolous he carrys on to talk about proust (he never stops to talk about him during the course of this book, he should be in the title!Read more ›
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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Clifford Pickover covers a lot of ground in this eclectic collection of thoughts on thinking that will stimulate your mind! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So weird. Exactly why I got it but still, very strange book. Didn't get a lot out of it.Published 1 month ago by Keri Athanas
I was expecting the work of a genius showing me new ways of looking at things I wouldn't have come up with on my own. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K
If there were a literary prize for most uses of the words “I”, “me”, “my”, and “mine”, this loopily narcissistic text would be a contender. Mr. Pickover writes about Mr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Phillips
Constant stoned brain dumping. No point is made long enough to come to a conclusion before moving onto the next asinine topic.Published 15 months ago by Kathleen Murray
A number of interesting observations in this book. However the author gets a little annoying patting himself on the back every couple of pages for his brilliance and cleverness. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pete E
My all time favorite Pickover book, it's a fact book that's both all inclusive and well organized - I learned a lot reading this, Pickover is a bona fide polymathPublished on August 8, 2014 by Lyn
I wish I wouldn't keep losing this book. Yes, it's as crazy as the cover suggests and it's a easy read. Also, you can read it in chunks and out of order if you prefer.Published on April 30, 2014 by Foxy