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 From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com>

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


There are actually groups of people who
believe he was advocating a plan and refer to a section of video
taken out of context that makes it sound like he was advocating it
when 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:
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>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :
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>Also
anyone who believes that Huxley
was advocating the world depicted in Brave New world
should read
his prologue to Brave New World Revisited.  BNW was a
warning not
a plan.
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>
>Eh? Did anyone think
that really? His choice of hero being a human with
normal emotions who was so appalled by the BNW gave
it away a bit for me. Maybe other people identify
with different characters in the book? I never even
considered that.
>
>
>He didn't have to
top himself though as he did have another option, he
could have gone back to living in the wild where he
came from. That's what I would have done but it was
a more poetic protest to hang himself I suppose...
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>On 11/07/2014 11:02 PM, TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@... [FairfieldLife] wrote:
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>>Anyone
ignorant enough to
post that Huxley was unfamiliar with
meditation
(see jr post below) has clearly never
read his
best novel, "Island." Huxley was
practicing real
meditation decades before Maharishi
invented his
faux version and called it TM. 
>>
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>> 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 the
Hippies
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>>Bhairitu,
>>
>>
>>Good point.  According to
Wikipedia,
Huxley had association with
the Vendanta
society:
>>
>>
>>Association
with
Vedanta[edit]
>>Beginning in 1939 and
continuing
until his death in 1963,
Huxley had an
extensive association with
the Vedanta
Society
of Southern California,
founded and headed by Swami
Prabhavananda.
Together with Gerald
Heard, Christopher
Isherwood, and other
followers
he was initiated by the
Swami and was
taught meditation and
spiritual
practices.[3]
>>In 1944, Huxley wrote the
introduction to the
"Bhagavad Gita:
The Song of God",[22] translated by Swami
Prabhavanada and
Christopher Isherwood, which
was
published by The Vedanta
Society of
Southern California.
>>From 1941 until 1960,
Huxley
contributed 48 articles to Vedanta
and
the West, published by
the
Society. He also served on
the
editorial board with
Isherwood, Heard,
and playwright John van
Druten from
1951 through 1962.
>>Huxley also occasionally
lectured
at the Hollywood and Santa
Barbara
Vedanta temples. Two of
those lectures
have been released on CD: Knowledge
and
Understanding and Who
Are
We from 1955.
>>After the publication of The
Doors
of Perception,
Huxley and the Swami
disagreed about
the meaning and importance
of the LSD
drug experience, which may
have caused
the relationship to cool,
but Huxley
continued to write articles
for the
Society's journal, lecture
at the
temple, and attend social
functions.
His agnosticism, together
with his
speculative propensity, made
it
difficult for him to fully
embrace any
form of institutionalized
religion.Aldous
Huxley
- Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia
>>
>> 
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>> 
>> 
>>   Aldous
Huxley
- Wikipedia,
the free
encyclopedia 
>>AldousLeonard
Huxley
/ˈhʌksli/
(26 July
1894 – 22
November 1963)
was an
English
writer,
philosopher
and a
prominent
member of the
Huxley
family... 
>> 
>>View on en.wikipedia.org    Preview by Yahoo  
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>>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :
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>>What
about
the Vedanta Society? 
What
about Paramahansa
Yogananda? 
Arthur Avalon?  Not to
mention
relatively unknowns who
probably
migrated to the UK and
taught
yoga.
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>>
>>On
11/07/2014 05:49 PM, jr_esq@... [FairfieldLife]
wrote:
>>>
>> 
>>>S3,
>>>
>>>
>>>Huxley didn't
appear to
know about the
advantages of
meditation.
 Obviously, during
his lifetime, TM was
not
around then.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :
>>>
>>>
>>>Aldous
Huxley quote
(1931):
>>>
>>>
>>>"So
far
as
I can see, the
only possible
new
pleasure
would be one
derived
from the
invention
of a new
drug — of a
more
efficient and
less
harmful
substitute for
alcohol and
cocaine.
If I were a
millionaire, I
should endow a
band
of research
workers to
look for
the ideal
intoxicant. If
we
could sniff or
swallow
something
that would,
for
five or six
hours
each day,
abolish
our solitude
as
individuals,
atone us with
our
fellows in a
glowing
exaltation
of affection
and
make life in
all its
aspects seem
not only worth
living, but
divinely
beautiful
and
significant,
and
if this
heavenly,
world-transfiguring
drug
were of such
a kind that we
could
wake up next
morning
with a
clear head and
an
undamaged
constitution —
then,
it seems to
me, all
our problems
(and
not merely
the one small
problem of
discovering a
novel
pleasure)
would be
wholly solved
and
earth would
become
paradise."
>>>
>>>
>>>Sounds
great
-
but I suspect
that
humans are so
constituted
that changing
our
brains with
chemicals is
always going
to have
unwanted
side-effects.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote :
>>>
>>>
>>>I
used to buy
Ritalin over
the
counter, in
Macau, and did
a
fair amount -
Yuck. Couldn't
get weed, but
any
big pharma
drug
was there
for the
taking.
Bad situation.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :
>>>
>>>
>>>Re
"Cocaine
DEFINITELY
sucks":
>>>
>>>
>>>Amen
to that. Like
you I only
tried it a
few times and
the
after-effects
were a
warning I
heeded. Ditto
speed.
>>>
>>>
>>>God
knows what I'd
have felt like
after a
methamphetamine
binge
(the
drug of
choice today)
- pretty sure
I'd be
suicidal.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 
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