posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 10:47 AM
John C. Lilly, the scientist who popularized the intelligence of dolphins, also "popularized" isolation , or float, or sensory deprivation tanks.
Neutral buoyancy, body temp, no sound... just a brain in a vat and strange, vivid hallucinations follow. Lilly added chemicals later (shrooms to the
three letter ones to ketamine) and some say he lost his mind... others attest that he found it.
His books are wild and a fine read. Having a straight edge award winning scientist talking of light beings and an extra dimensional control group
marginalized him, to say the least, and his proclivity to shoot up "vit K" everywhere wasn't the best behavior to create an aura of respectability,
but it makes for a fine tale... at the least.
The old flick "Altered States" was loosely based on Lilly and there wouldn't be a Flipper or pop dolphin awareness without him. On a side note, the
vivisections on dolphin brains he did bothered him to his grave. He did it before he was aware of the depth of their intelligence and later regretted
the "scientific" mindset that would harm any being regardless of intelligence.
Edit: and just in case my basic summary of the man seems too dismissive, I highly recommend reading his books and letting him tell his story. His
research and mindset change are too comprehensive to fit into a post and whether his conclusions about life after death, our 'reality,' alien
intelligences and the human condition are spot on or in error, the guy's intelligence, curiosity and commitment to truth as he saw it are evident. His
books "Center of the Cyclone," "Mind of the Dolphin" and the rest, are truly fascinating reading.
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