Listen to Rare Recording of Aldous Huxley MIT Lecture on Visionary Experiences

huxley_visionaryThe fine folks at Open Culture have unearthed another treasure: A 1962 recording of Aldous Huxley lecturing on visionary experiences. I’m guessing albums like these were the TED talks of their day. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed it, but you can listen to it here

Via Open Culture:

Having transplanted himself from his native England to California in 1937, he eventually achieved great regard among the region’s self-styled intellectuals and spiritual seekers, giving talks at such mystically high-in-the-zeitgeist places as Hollywood and Santa Barbara’s Vedanta temples and even Big Sur’s famous Esalen Institute. But the prolific speech-giver also went farther afield, to far squarer venues such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, in 1962, he recorded the album Visionary Experience: A Series Of Talks On The Human Situation:

 

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  • kowalityjesus

    Huxley refers multiple times to “the opening of the door to a visionary state, into the other part of the mind.” Though quite accurate, I find that metaphor perhaps a bit liberal in it’s concreteness. The state he refers to is a delusional state, perhaps a highly beautiful state, but not one that pertains to any physical entrance or manifest destination.

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