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Title : Heaven and Hell
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ISBN : 9780060802196
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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Heaven and Hell Reviews

  • Ayla
    2019-01-24 01:10

    He really doesn't care for kangaroos.

    2019-02-18 03:19

    Hay fragmentos en los que propone ideas muy interesantes respecto el arte y la religión. Otros trozos son muy aburridos, es demasiado estático y da la sensación de que repite todo el rato las mismas frases.

  • James
    2019-02-09 07:29

    Continues on in the same theme as Doors of Perception. The appendices were the most interesting part of the book.

  • David Balfour
    2019-02-17 06:34

    Accidentally deleted my review! Basically, this is nowhere near as good as The Doors of Perception. Pretty much the whole thing is Huxley's poorly thought out (and often seemingly arbitrary) art criticism. He makes very little effort to actually justify anything he says.

  • Jonathan
    2019-02-19 01:24

    References to art that i'm not familiar with had a dampening effect on how much enjoyment and understanding I could extract from these series of essays. I do think there was some genuinely interesting theories presented such as the relationship between various forms of art and religion and the "other world" of human transcendence. It would be funny if mysticism turned out to be linked to carbon dioxide levels in the blood. The biggest argument in this essay is really that humans desire a need to self-transcendence and that alcohol/opiates cause a lot of harm to the individual and society. Huxley is very pro mescaline and gives various reasons on why we should substitute one vehicle for transcendence for another. In the "Drugs That Have Shaped Men's Mind" essay, Huxley accomplishes everything in "Heaven and Hell/Doors of Perception" sans art history references and vaugeries. If you pinched on time read that instead. Overall I think the essays are worth reading but just okay.

  • Jakub Zahumensky
    2019-02-17 05:28

    While the book/essay is a fairly interesting read, I guess I was expecting something else. Huxley presents the idea that our minds are inhabited with some kind of creatures/things that are the equivalent to the Australian fauna for a European/American. He says that we can gain access to them in various way, including starvation hypnosis, and of course the use of substances such as mescaline and LSD. At a certain point I couldn't help but wonder - are these creatures/things manifestations of something real, some higher reality/truth, as Huxley seems to believe, or are they simply hallucinations of the deprived brain? Definitely an interesting read for anyone interested in the human mind and its altered states, but I personally found the Doors of Perception MUCH more interesting and thought-provoking.Also, I was a bit disappointed that the aspect of hell was touched only marginally.

  • Tatao Burduli
    2019-02-16 02:13

    I am glad I read this separately from The Doors of Perception, as Heaven and Hell would totally distort my impression of the combined publication. While The Doors of Perception speaks of many different aspects of a mescaline trip, the thought process and even the socio-psychological context, Heaven and Hell takes it too long to just describe colours and speak about colours in various forms of visionary or written art. But it's not as simple as just listing the religions or eras or artists whose work contains prominent colours and where they cease to be such. Just noticing these tendencies does not really connect them to drugs and/or what Huxley wanted to say about subconscious and antipodes. In a word, even if it overviews a bunch of religions and artists, it's just a bit surface-y.However, I loved the part on differentiating between coloured and black and white dreams and perception, as I realized I do capture surroundings according to this "logic" through my photographic lense: "to be effective, symbols do not require to be coloured... What is good enough for the waking consciousness is evidently good enough for the personal subconscious, which finds it possible to express its meanings through uncoloured symbols... That which is given is coloured; that which our symbol-creating intellect and fancy put together is uncoloured. Thus the external world is perceived as coloured. Dreams, which are not given but fabricated by the personal subconscious, are generally in black and white. (It is worth remarking that, in most people's experience, the most brightly coloured dreams are those of landscapes, in which there is no drama, no symbolic reference to conflict, merely the presentation to consciousness of a given, non-human fact.)"

  • Chuck
    2019-02-11 00:18

    Aldous Huxley is best known for his excellent novel "Brave New World." He had a massive vocabulary, was very articulate and of high intelligence, however as is often the case was questioned about his reality or common sense. This essay is a very dated interpretation of the effects of Mescalin {Peyote} and LSD {Lysergic Acid}. He purposely had the drug administered to him in 1953 and wrote this essay in an attempt to explain its creative effects. He uses the word "Antipodes" dozens of times in this writing to explain its polarizing effects on the mind. Most normally to explain the creative aspects of the drug. "Antipodes" is most often used to explain opposite sides of the earth and in this work he uses it to describe the Old World as Europe and its opposite Australia and in particular: kangaroos. Most of his analogies involve religion, art, and other creative endeavors that this drug apparently enhances. There is no could be no mention of its current benefits in medical research or its hazards because prevalent use was not to occur for another decade. The best summary that I would offer was that I didn't need to know why my dreams have color or not. Tedious.

  • psychonout
    2019-02-01 23:07

    ‘The men and women around me,’ writes Carlyle, even speaking with me, were but Figures; I had practically forgotten that they were alive, that they were not merely automata. Friendship was but an incredible tradition. In the midst of their crowded streets and assemblages I walked solitary; and (except that it was my own heart, not another’s, that I kept devouring) savage also as the tiger in the jungle. . . . To me the Universe was all void of Life, of Purpose, of Volition, even of Hostility; it was one huge, dead immeasurable steam-engine, rolling on in its dead indifference, to grind me limb from limb. . . . Having no hope, neither had I any definite fear, were it of Man or of Devil. And yet, strangely enough, I lived in a continual, indefinite, pining fear, tremulous, pusillanimous, apprehensive of I knew not what; it seemed as if all things in the Heavens above and the Earth beneath, would hurt me; as if the Heavens and the Earth were but the boundless jaws of a devouring Monster, wherein I, palpitating, waited to be devoured.’

  • Nicole
    2019-02-05 00:23

    Beautifully written and thought provoking essay comparing similarities of heaven despite differences in geography and ideology. Heaven is the likely conclusion of similar desires for beauty in terms of light.Aldous Huxley sites several instances in culture and art where despite the differences we as humans all seek a similar desire for light - and reaches the conclusion that perhaps that is something inherent within humans. He does not attempt to sway or prove but rather lay out all the instances where he has noticed a oneness. This essay would be a useful and intellectually stimulating for all those with an interest in: philosophy, psychology, theology, sociology, anthropology, art and history.My only complaint, though understood based on the entirety of the essay, is I wish an equally analysis of hell was performed.

  • Steve Johnson
    2019-01-28 06:06

    Vastly inferior to 'The Doors of Perception'. It mostly seems to focus on art (paintings), which in my opinion was already too prominent in 'The Doors of Perception', but, with a few exceptions, it becomes unbearable here. Furthermore there are far less interesting observations than in the book's predecessor. The final few pages on 'Hell' were interesting but it only scratched the surface, I would have preferred for Huxley to have focused more on this instead of the endless painting critiques. Wouldn't really recommend this book.

  • Gator
    2019-02-11 06:05

    This book makes me realize I know very little about art. Therefore I will have to educate myself on art. It would make the book that much more interesting if I knew the paintings and painters he was talking about. I did look up a lot of the works he was describing and that helped a lot to push me in the direction of understanding some of what he was writing about. Good quick read.

  • Jeff
    2019-01-25 02:29

    Interesting contemplation on visionary art and its significance with hallucinogens and hypnosis. I kept the internet by my side while reading to better inform myself of the continued siting of artists and authors Huxley regurgitated to better describe his thought process. At first it seemed daunting but soon had me enthralled in learning more about the visionary art world.

  • Alexey Gopachenko
    2019-02-12 00:27

    Impressive systematic analysis of Heavenly and Hellish sensorials across times, cultures, religions and artifacts from the perspective of psychedelic experience. Personal account(s) of latter is recommended)

  • Mark
    2019-02-08 03:29

    Further thoughts from Huxley regarding human escapism, looking primarily at how it relates to religion. Again, it's just a long essay which can be read quickly but will have you musing for hours and hours!

  • Al Redman
    2019-02-08 05:06

    I'm too young to grasp this kind of mysticism and the antipodes of the mind failed to grasp my attention, I enjoyed the Appendix's and some points where certainly interesting, more of an essay really

  • Wei Sun
    2019-01-24 04:05

    This is primarily an insightful examination of Huxley's views on art. While I don't necessarily agree with Huxley on all of his claims, I found value in his unique and fresh perspective. As is typical for Huxley, the elaborations of his ideas can become long.

  • Guadaloupe
    2019-02-01 02:25


  • Brandon Bradley
    2019-02-06 07:31

    My signed first edition of this book is one of my greatest treasures.

  • Nathalia Fagundes
    2019-02-16 04:16

    one of the greatest essays I have ever read

  • Sergio Flores
    2019-02-15 06:09

    Appendixes saved the reading, rather poetic -but accurate- interpretations of a somewhat forced look at a variety of art images.

  • Andrew Huff
    2019-02-20 03:33


  • George
    2019-02-12 04:31

    "Sanity is a matter of degree ..." -Aldous Huxley, Heaven and Hell

  • Mohammed Al-Garawi
    2019-02-20 07:23

    This essay continues Huxley's work on perception and experiences. It discusses the relationship between real life objects, abstract notions, art, and how human perceive them differently.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-05 23:27

    Honestly, I am not too sure how I feel about this work.