Клифърд Пиковър. Секс, наркотици, Айнщайн & елфи

За пореден път ще си позволя да пиша за нещо, което не познавам и не разбирам. Правя го само защото смятам материята за интересна и намирам обща тенденция в мисълта на автора, собствената си мисъл и мисълта на предполагаемите читатели на блога. След малко ще видите как на места се появяват автори, имена, неща, теми, за които сте имали чувството, че само вие знаете и само вие умеете да свържете в едно изречение, но знаете и че това не е точно така и че те вече са били свързани и друг също е мислил за тях по подобен начин. Такъв е случаят за мен с тази книга:

Книгата започва с типичните похвали и препоръки, колко велика е тя, колко оригинален е авторът и как е лесно да се влюбиш в тази книга, с единствената разлика, че тези похвали (цитирани са близо 20 на брой) са написани от представители на световноизвестни издателски къщи, при отказа им да публикуват книгата.

След това ми направиха впечатление посвещенията на книгата:

„Уравнението на Шрьодингер
описва най-дълбоката реалност
от гледна точка на вероятностите и функциите на вълните:
[уравнението на Шрьодингер като математическа формула]
Тази книга е посветена на всички онези,
които намират уравнението красиво за съзерцание.“

„Тази книга е посветена също така и на
Елфите от ДМТ-машината.
Елфите са там,
зад стената,
плетат тъканта на реалността.“

“Читателите на Секс, наркотици, Айнщайн и елфи могат да разпалят старите неврони като погълнат тази книга. Творческото мислене може след това да бъде приложено към живота на читателя. Докато читателите пътуват из книгата, те ще преживеят биохимични, психофизиологични и неврологични промени. Тогава читателите ще призоват тези промени като практическо средство за творческо решаване на проблеми.“
—Jamie Forbes, New York City media consultant

Глава I: За фугу-суши и червеите на реалността отвъд измеренията

Където се сблъскваме със зомби-рецепти, психоактивната риба от о-в Норфолк, халюциногенни червеи, фугу-суши, Хоумър Симсън, „ларва-съществата“ на Уилям Бъроуз, Хауърд Ф. Лъвкрафт, паралелни вселени, аяхуаска, Атаката на 15-метровата жена, the Leather Man, индианците Малали, сперма от фугу, изпечена на грил; елен, който обича гъби; ибога; Инстинктът към изменяне на съзнанието, Christian Ratsch, Wernher von Braun, Kip Thorne, Карл Сейгън, The Lobotomy Club,
застъпването на научна фантастика и наука, и лични анекдоти от деството на автора от родния му дом в Shrub Oak, New York.

The real job of dream fish is to transport us to new seas,
while deepening the waters and lengthening horizons.

[оттук нататък просто ме мързи да превеждам]

Глава 2: The Quantum Mechanics of Hopi Indians 

In which we encounter the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, the language of the Tariana, the karass and granfaloon, shibumi, Joumana Medlej, Alexandra Aikhenvald, Kawesqar, secret Hebrew names for God, golems, п: the movie, language as a virus; rabbis Hanania ben Teradion, Judah Low ben Bezalel and Schneur Zalman of Lyadi; beings with five billion mouths, Ös, high-IQ genius Chris Langan, “The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax,” time travel, Douglas Adams, Temple Grandin, Freeman Dyson, Jean-Francois Champollion, the Rosetta Stone, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, the Tetragrammaton, 666, Lord of the Rings, Kabbalah, free will, William S. Burroughs, Terence McKenna, aboriginal Pintupi, and the Guugu Yimithirr.

Words are the hammers
that shatter the ice of our unconscious.

Глава 3: Bertrand Russell’s Twenty Favorite Words

In which we encounter the terraqueous chrysoprase, Bertrand Russell’s twenty favorite words, Piers Anthony’s ten favorite words, logophiliacs, Oulipoian states of mind, constrained writing, Pynchonomancy, Annie Sprinkle, Robert Sawyer, divination, the mystery of italics, Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine, music, painting, plot aesthetics, Dia Center for the Arts, lipograms, The Anagrammed Bible, Michael Shermer, “A Glass Centipede,” computer poetry, creativity machines, Rachter, Ray Kurzweil, Yggdrasill, alien beauty, alien pornography, Reverend Jerry Falwell, adipocere, Monongahela, Harlan Ellison, Antonin Artaud, Aldus Manutius, the world’s largest vocabulary, and amphigory.

Letters are the electrons.
Words are the atoms.
Sentences are the molecules.

Глава 4: DMT, Moses, and the Quest for Transcendence

In which we encounter Humphry Osmond, Aldous and Laura Huxley, DMT machine elves, higher-dimensional dream palaces, the Glass Chrysanthemum, Terence and Dennis McKenna, Rick Strassman, Debra Fadool, reality-enhanced mice, Whitley Strieber, pineal glands, Biblical prophets, ayahuasca, entheogens, Benny Shanon, harmaline alkaloids, Daniel Pinchbeck, robots, larval beings, alien space insects, androids, clowns, dwarves, praying-mantis entities, fairies, cities of Lego with writhing monster squids, Alexander Shulgin, Peter Meyer, Isaac Newton, William James, John Horgan, iboga, Alan Watts, Stanislav Grof, James Kent, near-death experiences, alien senses, the Indian edible-nest swiftlet, “Apparent Communication with Discarnate Entities Induced by Dimethyltryptamine (DMT),” Howard Lotsof, transcendent cable, Ken Wilbur, and temporal lobe epilepsy.

Psychedelic visions expose spatial relationships
and glistening shapes that span dimensions.
They’re the Silly Putty® of reality.

Глава 5: Brain Syndromes Open Portals to Parallel Universes

In which we encounter the illusion of intermetamorphosis, cryonics, delusional parasitosis, perception puzzles, doppelgängers, asparagus, bipolar disorder, Kay Jamison, creativity, Special K, angels, Irish Fairy and Folktales, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and psychiatric disorders such as Charles Bonnet syndrome, Capgras syndrome, Fregoli syndrome, asomatognosia, prosopagnosia, reduplicative paramnesia, the syndrome of subjective doubles, Cotard’s syndrome, and Ekbom’s syndrome.

A mind is an endless train weaving its way
through the landscape of reality.
But who made the train tracks,
and where is the conductor?

Глава 6: From Holiday Inn to the Head of Christ

In which we discuss quantum immortality, psychedelic Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, the Meseglise and Guermantes ways, Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda, Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, TV laugh tracks, Thomas Jefferson’s decimated Bible, Warner Sallman’s Head of Christ, Mel Gibson, Lucia Joyce, Carl Jung, Agent 488, General Dwight Eisenhower, Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project, Tolkien’s Lothlorien, the chanting of Sausalito mystery fish, the tenacity of the Acoemeti, recipes for attracting women, word salad and computer spam, dropping pennies from the Empire State Building, movie closing credits, near-death experiences, living in the п matrix, parallel universes, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, Robert Heinlein, The Wishing Project, John Goddard, and the mathematical abilities of Jesus.

I gazed at the Holiday Inn lobby. These chairs. This lamp.
We understand the function of the lobby, but
we know nothing of the people behind the desk.

Глава 7: The Business of Book Publishing: Unplugged, Up Close, and Personal

In which we encounter prolific writers, literary agents, publishers, editors, bibliomaniacs, “The Whore of Mensa,” Hillary Clinton, William Shatner, coffee-addict Honoré de Balzac, Dr. Seuss, cartoon guides to Proust, Isaac Asimov, publisher response times, famous rejected books, authors’ advance money, lecture tours, book signings, book dedications, literary agent John Brockman, collaborations, Piers Anthony, Shirley Jackson, ghostwriters, book titles, cover art, bestsellers, writing advice, Lester Dent, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dean Koontz, Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote, Perry Mason, Willa Cather, Sigmund Freud, Ring Lardner, John Creasey, Spider Legs, Pycnogonids, Jerzy Kosinski, Ellery Queen, John F. Kennedy, Agatha Christie, John Cheever, Alfred Knopf, and amphioxus.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Глава 8: Neoreality and the Quest for Transcendence

In which we encounter Einstein, Rumi, God, the anthropic principle, Stephen Hawking, the Bible, Proust’s hyper-realities, The Lobotomy Club, Sushi Never Sleeps, fractals, brain surgery, Italian filmmaking, neorealism, stellar nucleosynthesis, the Big Bang, Paul Davies, Frank Tipler, Marcel Proust, H. P. Lovecraft, Andrei Linde, Sir Fred Hoyle, Rudy Rucker, Robert Jastrow, The Templeton Foundation, multiple universes, Paul Kammerer, synchronicity, and the shoreless sea of love.

The nature of reality is this:
It is hidden, and it is hidden,
and it is hidden.

Глава 9: Oh God, Einstein’s Brain and Eyes Are Missing

In which we encounter Einstein’s brain, Maja Einstein, the Sylvian fissure, Einstein’s disembodied eyes, Dr. Henry Abrams, Einstein’s disembodied hair, Einstein’s pipe, the legend of Mochaoi, Henri Bergson, spacetime, time dilation, Marcel Proust, Thomas De Quincey, Angelus Silesius, Félirena Naomh Nerennachm, Philip K. Dick, Mount Coelian, the Seven Sleepers, God’s time, Moslem legends, magical horse Burak, Isaac Newton, Hollywood, Marian Diamond, Stephen Hawking, the Chronology Projection Conjecture, psychoactive ketamine, the special theory of relativity, In Search of Lost Time, and future-life progression. Is time travel possible? If time is something learned, can we unlearn it? Can the flow of time be stopped? What if Einstein had lived another twenty years?

The brain is a three-pound mass
you can hold in your hand
that can conceive of a universe
a hundred-billion light-years across.

Глава 10: Burning Man and the Conquest of Reality

In which we encounter Ts’ai Lun and the invention of paper, David Jay Brown’s Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, nanotechnology gray goo, rise of the machine civilization, evolution of the human race, ring angels, insectile aeroplankton, dragonflies, George Bush, zygotic personhood, abortion, stem cells, Alan Dershowitz, Kilgore Trout, the extinction of the Jews, DMT machineelf research centers, Jovian moons, angelic beings, Burning Man and the Aortic Arch, supermodels, the Superbug Age, musicians and monks, The Bone Tree, The Nebulous Entity, The Plastic Chapel, Xeni Jardin, Jeff Bezos, John Brockman, Maria Spiropulu, Connie Willis, Stephen Spielberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Freeman Dyson, Neal Stephenson, Alexandra Aikhenvald, Amy Chua, Maggie Balistreri, the Lucidity Institute, Jane Roberts, Mr. Spock, Whitley Strieber, extraterrestrials, Star Wars, intelligence, evolution, hive minds, termites, the Turing test, Chworktap, Dean Koontz, extinction of the human species, Dr. Rick Strassman, Terence McKenna, doomsday machines, Freeman Dyson, and Tinkertoy minds. Can consciousness exist without a brain?

Even with great scientific strides,
we continue to swim in a sea of mystery.

Глава 11: Farewell

Good-bye, Proust.

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