salyavin, some people swear by Ursula LeGuin but I've not read her as I prefer 
my scifi on the big screen as opposed to on the page.

      From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Saturday, November 8, 2014 3:17 PM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: The Birth of the Hippies
   
    


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :

There are actually groups of people whobelieve he was advocating a plan and 
refer to a section of videotaken out of context that makes it sound like he was 
advocating itwhen he wasn't at all.
Nowt so queer as folk. 
I haven't read a decent sci-fi book in decades. Can anyone recommend a recent 
classic with the sort of vision of a Huxley or Heinlein?
I've tried a lot of stuff from the library but rarely get past the first 
chapter. There's a "masterworks" series of the greats on sale and I'e got loads 
of them but there isn't much that's new. Some of Iain Banks's "Culture" novels, 
which were OK but it was his unfeasable plot developments that spoiled them. 
"Excession" was good though, proper scary meeting with a genuine alien - or was 
it God? 

 On 11/08/2014 10:16 AM, salyavin808 wrote:


  


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...>wrote :

Alsoanyone who believes that Huxleywas advocating the world depicted in Brave 
New worldshould readhis prologue to Brave New World Revisited.  BNW was 
awarning nota plan.
Eh? Did anyone thinkthat really? His choice of hero being a human withnormal 
emotions who was so appalled by the BNW gaveit away a bit for me. Maybe other 
people identifywith different characters in the book? I never evenconsidered 
that.
He didn't have totop himself though as he did have another option, hecould have 
gone back to living in the wild where hecame from. That's what I would have 
done but it wasa more poetic protest to hang himself I suppose...

On 11/07/2014 11:02 PM, TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@...[FairfieldLife] wrote:

  Anyoneignorant enough topost that Huxley was unfamiliar withmeditation(see jr 
post below) has clearly neverread hisbest novel, "Island." Huxley waspracticing 
realmeditation decades before Maharishiinvented hisfaux version and called it 
TM. 

 From:"jr_esq@...[FairfieldLife]"<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
To:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com
Sent:Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:34 AM
Subject:Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: The Birth of theHippies

 Bhairitu,
Good point.  According toWikipedia,Huxley had association withthe 
Vendantasociety:

AssociationwithVedanta[edit]
Beginning in 1939 andcontinuinguntil his death in 1963,Huxley had anextensive 
association withthe VedantaSocietyof Southern California,founded and headed by 
SwamiPrabhavananda.Together with GeraldHeard, ChristopherIsherwood, and 
otherfollowershe was initiated by theSwami and wastaught meditation 
andspiritualpractices.[3]In 1944, Huxley wrote theintroduction to the"Bhagavad 
Gita:The Song of God",[22]translated by SwamiPrabhavanada andChristopher 
Isherwood, whichwaspublished by The VedantaSociety ofSouthern California.From 
1941 until 1960,Huxleycontributed 48 articles to Vedantaandthe West, published 
bytheSociety. He also served ontheeditorial board withIsherwood, Heard,and 
playwright John vanDruten from1951 through 1962.Huxley also 
occasionallylecturedat the Hollywood and SantaBarbaraVedanta temples. Two 
ofthose lectureshave been released on CD: KnowledgeandUnderstanding and 
WhoAreWe from 1955.After the publication ofTheDoorsof Perception,Huxley and the 
Swamidisagreed aboutthe meaning and importanceof the LSDdrug experience, which 
mayhave causedthe relationship to cool,but Huxleycontinued to write articlesfor 
theSociety's journal, lectureat thetemple, and attend socialfunctions.His 
agnosticism, togetherwith hisspeculative propensity, madeitdifficult for him to 
fullyembrace anyform of institutionalizedreligion.AldousHuxley- Wikipedia, the 
freeencyclopedia
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---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com,<noozguru@...>wrote :

Whataboutthe Vedanta Society? Whatabout ParamahansaYogananda? Arthur Avalon?  
Not tomentionrelatively unknowns whoprobablymigrated to the UK andtaughtyoga.


On11/07/2014 05:49 PM,jr_esq@...[FairfieldLife]wrote:


  S3,
Huxley didn'tappear toknow about theadvantages ofmeditation. Obviously, 
duringhis lifetime, TM wasnotaround then.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com,<s3raphita@...>wrote :

AldousHuxley quote(1931):
"SofarasI can see, theonly possiblenewpleasurewould be onederivedfrom 
theinventionof a newdrug — of amoreefficient andlessharmfulsubstitute 
foralcohol andcocaine.If I were amillionaire, Ishould endow abandof 
researchworkers tolook forthe idealintoxicant. Ifwecould sniff 
orswallowsomethingthat would,forfive or sixhourseach day,abolishour 
solitudeasindividuals,atone us withourfellows in aglowingexaltationof 
affectionandmake life inall itsaspects seemnot only worthliving, 
butdivinelybeautifulandsignificant,andif 
thisheavenly,world-transfiguringdrugwere of sucha kind that wecouldwake up 
nextmorningwith aclear head andanundamagedconstitution —then,it seems tome, 
allour problems(andnot merelythe one smallproblem ofdiscovering 
anovelpleasure)would bewholly solvedandearth wouldbecomeparadise."
Soundsgreat-but I suspectthathumans are soconstitutedthat changingourbrains 
withchemicals isalways goingto haveunwantedside-effects.



---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com,<fleetwood_macncheese@...>wrote :

Iused to buyRitalin overthecounter, inMacau, and didafair amount -Yuck. 
Couldn'tget weed, butanybig pharmadrugwas therefor thetaking.Bad situation.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com,<s3raphita@...>wrote :

Re"CocaineDEFINITELYsucks":
Amento that. Likeyou I onlytried it afew times andtheafter-effectswere awarning 
Iheeded. Dittospeed.
Godknows what I'dhave felt likeafter amethamphetaminebinge(thedrug ofchoice 
today)- pretty sureI'd besuicidal.

 


 





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