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Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was an author, best known for the 1931 dystopian novel, Brave New World,[1] and to a lesser extent for the hallucinogenic mescaline-inspired 1954 philosophical essay, The Doors of Perception.[2]

As a teenager, Huxley became completely blind from infectious keratitis, but eventually recovered some vision. Huxley was a supporter of the dangerous and ineffective Bates eye method for vision improvement, going so far as to write a 1942 book on the subject, The Art of Seeing.[3]

In 1954, Huxley wrote an article for Life magazine titled, "A case for ESP, PK and Psi".[4] In the article, he supported several pseudoscientific ideas: extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (PK), telepathy, psi[4] that by then were long-discredited. As supporting evidence, Huxley referred to the Society for Psychical Research,[4] whose level of skepticism had become quite minimal by the second half of the 20th century. The Life article was Huxley's most well known publication on woo, but Huxley's belief in the supernatural dated back to the 1930s.[5]

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  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (2006) Harper Perennial. ISBN 0060850523.
  2. The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley (2009) Harper Perennial. ISBN 0061729078.
  3. The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley & Laura Huxley (1982) Creative Arts Book Company. ISBN 0916870480.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "A case for ESP, PK and Psi: Famous Writer Argues that Evidence Proves the Mind is Capable of Telepathy, Can Foresee Events and Even Exert Influence Over Matter" by Aldous Huxley (January 11, 1954) Life, pages 96-108.
  5. Science Views the Supernatural - I by Aldous Huxley (April 1935) Forum and Century, pp. 248-252.
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