Recording of Aldous Huxley on acid

Aldous Huxley in 1925

Aldous Huxley was an extremely prolific author, touching on all sorts of subjects between fiction and nonfiction. Today, he is remembered mainly for two things – his 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World (which was recently adapted yet again for modern audiences with a television show that premiered this year) and his experimentation with psychedelic drugs, made famous in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception, which chronicled his experience under the influence of mescaline.

While this book, along with his other work on psychedelics, Heaven and Hell (1956), have been on my list for many years, I have not gotten around to them. However, while bouncing around on YouTube recently I found a great audio recording of Huxley while on acid, with his wife acting as sitter. From December 23, 1962, it’s a short but great clip in which he discusses the secret of life, why people use acid, and calls Timothy Leary “an Irishman banging around.” Check it out below –

Thank you to user Jules Evans for uploading this.

Hope you all enjoy this and are having a good Thursday out there!

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