Shelves: psychology An interesting and fascinating read. I think it was quite controversial in its time. Marilyn Ferguson, the author who died in was an American and is best known for this book and its affiliation with the New Age Movement in popular culture. However, she had a scientific and enquiring mind and the evidence that she cites can be convincing even if it is only to make you hopeful for a kinder better world. Bearing in mind it was concerned with the s, it is quite astonishing that relevance can An interesting and fascinating read.
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Hutchinson, Verso. Peabody later become friends with the "top racial ideologues in British science, Thomas Huxley and Charles Darwin. Inspired by the urging of a young naturalist, Albert Smith Bickmore, and by the theories of Darwin and Huxley which had suddenly given a new interpretation to the origin of life, the group resolved to found a museum that would be the "means of teaching our youth to appreciate the wonderful works of the Creator. Huxley presented many of his ideas of evolutionary mechanisms in Evolution: The Modern Synthesis In Sir Julian Huxley, called for a radical eugenic policy in UNESCO: "Thus, even though it is quite true that any radical eugenic policy of controlled human breeding will be for many years politically and psychologically impossible, it will be important for UNESCO to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care and that the public mind is informed of the issues at stake that much that is now unthinkable may at least become thinkable.
The members of the new youth-counterculture were virtually campus-laboratory guinea-pigs, whose behavior was induced and directed, from the top-down, from the outset.
The environment preparing this operation was established as early as the s, under British Brigadier Dr. The entire operation was dominated by relatively highly refined methods of mass-brainwashing, assisted by such networks as the Lewin centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the network of Freudian and kindred brainwashing networks, such as "MK-Ultra," spun out from under the direction of Julian Huxley at the UNO and the London Tavistock Clinic.
His humanistic beliefs were set forth in the classic Religion Without Revelation Hoffman "were promoting anti-natalist policies. The poppy seed from which opium is derived was long known to the Moguls of India, who used the seeds mixed in tea offered to a difficult opponent.
It is also used as a pain-killing drug which largely replaced chloroform and other older anesthetics of a bygone era. Opium was popular in all of the fashionable clubs of Victorian London and it was no secret that men like the Huxley brothers used it extensively. Members of the Orphic-Dionysus cults of Hellenic Greece and the Osiris-Horus cults of Ptolemaic Egypt which Victorian society embraced, all smoked opium; it was the "in" thing to do.
Entering the University of Vermont which was located in Burlington at the early age of fifteen, Dewey still evinced no special talent, until in his senior year he led his class and won the highest marks on record in philosophy. Awakened to the excitement of the effort to understand the world, and beginning to doubt his early moralistic beliefs, Dewey delved into philosophy for an answer to the conflict between revealed dogma and the findings of science.
In Fabian Havelock Ellis saw the leadership of women as a source of renewal. He was "the beloved son of English intellectual aristocrats. His mother was the former Julia Arnold. A granduncle, Matthew Arnold was a celebrated poet and critic. However, he warned that he had burdened his argument unnecessarily. Having studied under Professor Thomas H. Huxley, H. Wells went on to teach school in North Wales. Huxley described his Church of Humanity as "Catholicism minus Christianity".
To Huxley the only good Church was a dead Church. He professed belief in God and cut the ground from under every argument for His existence. Sir Leslie Stephen in the Dictionary of National Biography pronounced him "the acutest thinker in Great Britain in the 18th Century" and exposed the clerical libels about his last hours. Huxley was not only one of the most decorated men of science of his time, but all his life an outspoken agnostic a term which he himself coined to avoid the harshness of atheist.
Pious folk spread a myth about conversion late in life but his son Leonard shows in his biography of his father that all this is nonsense. A few months before he died he said to his son: "The most remarkable achievement of the Jew was to impose on Europe for 18 centuries his own superstitions. As Meller wrote, "Geddes felt that he had formed a new philosophy of education which incorporated the many methods he had learned from Le Play, Comte, Huxley, and others during his endeavors into biology civics, and geography.
On these grounds it may be claimed that the artificial paradise of mescal, though less seductive, is safe and dignified beyond its peers. James used nitrous oxide apparently to avoid bad stomach cramps while Ellis used the newly discovered peyote. In William James of Harvard "redefined religion" as an "experience rather than a dogma. Captain James A. Baker sought to create a center for diffusion of racist eugenics, and for this purpose brought in Julian Huxley of the infamous British oligarchical family to found the biology program at Rice starting in James A.
Baker also held stock in some large New York Banks during the time that he was negotiating the Latin American debt crisis in his capacity as secretary of the treasury. This movement is synonymous with the Scottish Rite. Three years later an eye infection left him blind for 18 months. Although his sight improved, he was plagued with poor vision all his life. His head was high- brow and had a lot of hair.
He wanted to become a Doctor but an eye infection nearly blinded him which caused him to abandon this dream and probably accounted for the bitterness in his writings and his aversion to the human body.
In he took a degree at Oxford. It was at their country place that he met D. As a journalist, Huxley wrote and published two volumes of symbolist poetry. Simultaneously, Sitwell entered upon another new career as joint literary editor, with Herbert Read, of the quarterly Art and Letters. A few years before, Sitwell had known no contemporary writers but his own sister; he was now ideally placed to remedy that lack. With his brother, he had taken a London house on Swan Walk where there were more pictures than furniture, and French paintings hung even in the kitchen.
Arnold Bennett, in his diary for June 15, , approved of the dinner and the decor he had found at Swan Walk and noted that his dining companions included, among others, W.
The sexual perversions of Bloomsbury were a deliberate statement of moral autonomy. Homosexuality, according to Keynes and his sometimes lover Lytton Strachey, was the supreme state of existence, "passing Christian understanding," and superior to heterosexual relationships. The ethical superiority of homosexuality lay in its striking opposition to the external morals of the Victorian era, and the moral laws of God.
It was an association that was to last a lifetime. Many of the Apostles, including Keynes, were later to become regular members of the "Bloomsbury Group" named after the Bloomsbury district of London where the group regularly met. The Apostles and later the Bloomsbury group were quite taken by the philosophy of G. Moore, a once fervent Quaker who, losing his faith, became a thorough philosophical sceptic.
In Huxley turned to more creative writing. After two volumes of short stories, he began a series of novels. His sophisticated satire caused him to become known as a prophet of doom for the cult of the amusing.
His reputation was firmly established by his first novel, Crome Yellow , a witty satire on the intellectual pretensions of his time. The hero was said to have been modeled after D. Huxley met the writer Gerald Heard who imparted to him a quasi mystical notion of the evolutionary development of human consciousness. Between Huxley visited Italy where he saw much of Lawrence and became "a kind of disciple. John Middleton Murry was prominent on the English literary scene for three decades.
Murry was editor of the literary journals the Athenauem and Adelphi , the husband of writer Katherine Mansfield, and friend to such luminaries as Aldous Huxley and D. Huxley caricatured Murry as the pretentiously "spiritual" editor, Burlap, in his novel Point Counter Point In the s, biology professor Hermann J. Muller lost his job under the otherwise liberal president H. Benedict because he had written for a Marxist student publication without obtaining permission. Muller later won the Nobel Prize, at Indiana in , for work he did at Texas that led to blood plasma transfusions, which saved tens of thousands of lives in World War II.
Brave New World , his most celebrated work, is a bitterly satiric account of an inhumane society controlled by technology, in which art and religion have been abolished and human beings reproduce by artificial fertilization. Huxley, suggested a world where people went to the "feelies" rather than the movies, where men were attended by "pneumatic girls" a phrase borrowed from T.
Economics would be decentralist and Henry Georgian. He concluded that the solution was not prohibition but the search for better drugs. In the Tales of Jacob by Thomas Mann were published. In October the magazine Esquire began publication and included writing by Hemingway and Aldous Huxley.
In Aldous Huxley visited Central America. In Aldous Huxley published Eyeless in Gaza. He termed chastity "the most unnatural of the sexual perversions. Crowley had confided to the writer Aldous Huxley in when they met in Berlin that Hitler was a practicing occultist. He also claimed that the OTO had helped the Nazis to gain power. Christopher Isherwood was a follower of Swami Prabhavananda, a playwright and fiction writer who translated the Bhagavad-Gita and other Hindu writings from Sanskrit.
He converted from Anglicanism to Hinduism. He became a convert to the Vedanta Society. Huxley became interested in "eclectic mysticism" at a time of the intense fundamentalist religious revival in California. Huxley borrowed from Wells the phrase "Doors in a Wall. Huxley called drugs "modifiers of conscience" and said that hallucinatory drugs had been used since the earliest recorded history.
Huxley dabbled in drugs such as the Mandrake plant. Many who have been encouraged to use drugs have died prematurely through overdosing or by suicide. In a letter Aldous Huxley said that he was "profoundly optimistic about individuals and groups of individuals existing on the margins of society. In a essay, Orwell wrote: "Mr.
What we are moving towards at this moment is something more like the Spanish Inquisition, and probably far worse, thanks to the radio and the secret police.
Here the hedonistic principle is pushed to its utmost, the whole world has turned into a Riviera hotel. But though Brave New World was a brilliant caricature of the present the present of , it probably casts no light on the future. He was so taken with the idea of learning communities that he went on to found Trabuco College in Ventura, California, in At the close of World War II he wrote: "Between ivory towerism on the one hand and direct political action on the other lies the alternative of spirituality.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
The Aquarian Conspiracy - Marilyn Ferguson (1981)
Hutchinson, Verso. Peabody later become friends with the "top racial ideologues in British science, Thomas Huxley and Charles Darwin. Inspired by the urging of a young naturalist, Albert Smith Bickmore, and by the theories of Darwin and Huxley which had suddenly given a new interpretation to the origin of life, the group resolved to found a museum that would be the "means of teaching our youth to appreciate the wonderful works of the Creator. Huxley presented many of his ideas of evolutionary mechanisms in Evolution: The Modern Synthesis
Ferguson, Marilyn (1938– )
In its most acute form, this intellectual close-mindedness centers primarily on his lack of what some believe is an essential positive regard for the British royalty. The Aquarian Conspiracy In the spring of , a book appeared called The Aquarian Conspiracy that put itself forward as a manifesto of the counterculture. Defining the counterculture as the conscious embracing of irrationality - from rock and drugs to biofeedback, meditation, "consciousness-raising," yoga, mountain climbing, group therapy, and psychodrama. The Aquarian Conspiracy declares that it is now time for the 15 million Americans involved in the counterculture to join in bringing about a "radical change in the United States. It suddenly struck me that in their sharing of strategies, their linkage, and their recognition of each other by subtle signals, the participants were not merely cooperating with one another.
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