Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley AKA Aldous Leonard Huxley

England 1894 – 1963

Comments: grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley; near-blindness from age 14 on; was concerned about Pavlovian Conditioning; Human Potential Movement ; psychedelic drugs;took LSD at life's end, coincidentally the day President Kennedy was assassinated;


Teachers: Thomas Lake Harris; John Humphrey Noyes; P. D. Ouspensky; Hindu Swami Prabhavananda ; Don Carlo Gesualdo, musician; Samuel Butler, author of Erewhon; BKS Iyengar aka Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (1918 – 20 August 2014), creator of Iyengar Yoga;


Students: Timothy Leary; Lois Bourne; Emilo Servadio; Eric Blair AKA George Orwell; Alan Watts, Robert Anton Wilson; Carlos Castaneda; Wavey Gravey; Richard Alpert AKA Baba Ram Dass; Chuck Furnace; Stephen Mace; Paul Krassner, The Realist comedian; Rev. Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius; Jim Morrison, The Doors; Terence McKenna ; Anne Bancroft; Prof. Peter Gasser; Prof. Matthew Johnson, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Dr. Gabor Mate; Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, Ph.D, synthesizer of MDMA "Ecstacy", 1976;


Friends:Annie Besant; Jiddu Krishnamurti; Bertrand Russell, Philosopher; Clive Bell; D. H. Lawrence; F. Matthias Alexander ; Maria Nys, wife; Gerald Heard; Christopher Isherwood ; Anita Loos; Aleister Crowley, 1930; Dr. Humphry Osmond; Alfred Matthew Hubbard; Ray Bradbury; Margaret Corbett, who taught him the Bates Eye exercises; Bennett Cerf ; Laura Archera Huxley, 2nd wife;


Enemies: Edgar Allan Poe;


Organizations: Eton College; Vedanta Society of Southern California; Esalen Institute

Author: edited Oxford Poetry; Chrome Yellow (1921); Antic Hay (1923); Those Barren Leaves (1925); Point Counter Point (1928); Brave New World (1932); Eyeless in Gaza (1936); After Many a Summer (1939); Time Must Have a Stop (1944); Ape and Essence (1948); The Genius and the Goddess (1955); Island (1962); Do What You Will (1929); The Perennial Philosophy (1945); The Doors of Perception (1954); Heaven and Hell (1956); Adonis and the Alphabet (U.S. title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) (1956); Brave New World Revisited (1958); Literature and Science (1963); Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience 1931–63 (1977);


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley; http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/h#a780 ; if your vision is as bad as his, you may appreciate listening to his work at http://librivox.org/author/1538 ; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/douthat-puddleglum-and-the-savage.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0 ; http://www.salon.com/2014/04/15/6_facts_about_psychedelic_drugs_that_will_totally_blow_your_mind_partner/ ;