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THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION:
WHY AMERICANS WILL BELIEVE ALMOST ANYTHING
- Tim O'Shea
Aldous Huxley's inspired 1954 essay detailed the vivid, mind-expanding, multisensory insights of his mescaline adventures. By altering his brain chemistry with natural psychotropics, Huxley tapped into a rich and fluid world of shimmering, indescribable beauty and power. With his neurosensory input thus triggered, Huxley was able to enter that parallel universe described by every mystic and space captain in recorded history. Whether by hallucination or epiphany, Huxley sought to remove all bonds, all controls, all filters, all cultural conditioning from his perceptions and to confront Nature or the World or Reality first-hand - in its unpasteurized, unedited, unretouched infinite rawness.
Those bonds are much harder to break today, half a century later. We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our very awareness of the whole design seems like it is being subtly and inexorably erased. The doors of our perception are carefully and precisely regulated. Who cares, right?
It is an exhausting and endless task to keep explaining to people how most issues of conventional wisdom are scientifically implanted in the public consciousness by a thousand media clips per day. In an effort to save time, I would like to provide just a little background on the handling of information in this country. Once the basic principles are illustrated about how our current system of media control arose historically, the reader might be more apt to question any given story in today's news.
Originally posted by TheBandit795
I've read it before. Nothing new. ).
Originally posted by bet555
I was in my 3rd year majoring in psychology and ... I dropped out ... for this reason ... Philosophy is only the study of what we do not know anything about. We have learned enough to know something is there, yet we do not know exactly what it is, there are shows made about it; and it is just a study about what we do not know. But anyways back on subject the reason I wrote this is b/c I hate people who start that thing about conditioning ... and everyone is conditioned on some level ... I think this is idealody is correct but I think that any some people are able to break this condition Hense ... it is not a law ... Hense .... nothing about it makes sense ...
- an endless succession of unspeakably boring, inane movies, short on plot, long on CGI
The blame game. It's easy to think there is some mind-controlling conspiracy at the core of this concept. That way, we/you can point to someone other than ourselves for the root cause of the dumbing of society (it's not just America). Sadly... I doubt that's the case. The reality is that we (society) have accepted the spoon-fed mental pabulum that fills network programming schedules (including news) and drives revenue. These TV networks are corporations with bottom-lines, investors and CFO's that constantly require an ever increasing degree of profit. That, in itself, is not terrible... what is terrible is that we (public) have selected the least common denominator of horrid crap in the form of wretched popular music, mindless sitcoms, and degrading reality shows. This is what we've asked for in the form of Nielson ratings... and we get what we deserve. We only have ourselves to blame.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid In another thread I was discussing with someone how the government uses public schools to brainwash our kids. Throw in the repetition of messages in television, the USA's biggest drug of choice, and you've got millions of people who are conditioned to NOT think for themselves.