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Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays.

Experience Is A Hallucination

Dmitri : email withdrawn : 2000-06-02

Having read your Experience Is A Hallucination I could not help myself to drop you a couple of lines noting that I had similar experiences and share many of your ideas and thoughts.

book cover recommend book⇒Simulations of God: The Science of Beliefto book home
by Dr. John Cunningham Lilly 978-0-553-02442-5 paperback
birth 1915-01-06 2001-09-30 age:86 978-0-671-21981-9 hardcover
publisher Simon & Schuster
published 1975-06-04
written 1975
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Comes to my mind one of John Lilly’s works Simulations of God: The Science of Belief — the artificial concept of reality perceived and processed by brain is quite obvious. Moreover, I came to the point where the understanding that we cannot perceive the world as it is due to the brain’s limitations and specific processing of all images and external stimulus, is quite overwhelming. If our perception of the outer world depends in so many ways on our physiological and mental state — then our judgements about Nature itself might very well be spoofed. How do you know what is the world essentially in which we’re submerged? My dreams usually are so real, colorful and rich in details that I can tell I’m awake for 24 hours :).

That was one of the books I read trying to make sense of my own experiences. I also went to visit Lilly at Esalen and later went to work for him on the dolphin project Janus. His freaky experiences were ketamine induced. I asked him why he would take such a drug given that it created such nightmarish experiences. He explained that he felt a duty to combat the evil he discovered while on ketamine. He could not very well just look the other way. His wife Tony told me some stories about the troubles John got himself into freaking out such as one time on a plane when he demanded to talk to the president to warn him about invaders from another dimension. She and I hit it off well. She told me that if I ever freaked out again, I could deal with people without scaring them simply by nodding at whatever they said. There was no need for words.

And oh yes, each day I entertain myself guessing the right elevator out of 5 available and watching the faint milky-bluish glow around the heads of my colleagues at our occasional meetings. This week my grandmother’s partner suddenly died (in Russia) — a night before I’ve had disturbing dream about dying distant friend and decided to call home.

book cover recommend book⇒The Secret Life of Plantsto book home
by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird 978-0-06-091587-2 paperback
birth 1919-04-19 2007-01-23 age:87 978-0-06-014326-8 hardcover
publisher Harper
published 1989-03-08
This could well be a giant hoax.
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If you’ll have a chance - read The Secret Life of Plants. It is amazing revelation about these wonderful greenies around us and how do they feel and react to us and the world itself.

I read a book years ago, I think it was by Cleave Baxter on a similar topic. That book really intrigued me. I have always wanted to do the experiments myself to determine if it was a hoax. I am about 75% certain there is some sort of weak psychic link between living things. He described experiments where plants reacted to brine shrimp being killed.


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