Reanne Crane – Verbing The Nouns And Nouning The Vedantics: Aldous Huxley’s Psychedelic Semantics
“God is Love.” What manifest nonsense! And yet it happens to be true (Island, 1962).
Aldous Huxley set the precedent for describing altered states and remains fundamental to the psychedelic transcendental; his illuminations laid the foundations for how we frame our hallucinations. However, his countercultural legacy has left him misconstrued and often misrepresented. So who was the man beyond the mescaline? What were the roots of his philosophical fruits? How did these hone his literary tone? This talk will visit some crucial moments in his intellectual biography and explore how we might eff the ineffable. Effing may be inadequate, but Huxley shows us that it isn’t all equally so. A closer peek at his technique may shed some light on our own semantic plight.
Filmed at Breaking Convention 2017
4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness
University of Greenwich London – June 30th – July 2nd 2017