Mind at Large

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Mind at Large is a concept from The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley. This philosophy was influenced by the ideas of C. D. Broad. Psychedelic drugs are thought to disable filters which inhibit or quell signals related to mundane functions from reaching the conscious mind.[1] In the aforementioned books, Huxley explores the idea that the human mind filters reality, partly because handling the details of all of the impressions and images coming in would be unbearable, partly because it has been taught to do so. He believes that psychoactive drugs can partly remove this filter, which leaves the drug user exposed to Mind at Large.[2]

During an experiment with British psychiatrist, Humphrey Osmond, Huxley was administered mescaline, and was prompted by Osmond to comment on the various stimuli around him, such as books and flowers.[3] The conversation that was recorded in Huxley’s book mainly concerned his thoughts on what he said in the recordings. He observed that everyday objects lose their functionality, and suddenly exist “as such”; space and dimension become irrelevant, with perceptions seemingly being enlarged, and at times even overwhelming.

According to The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley,

In The Doors of Perception, Huxley also stated: "In the final stage of egolessness there is an 'obscure knowledge' that All is in all—that All is actually each. This is as near, I take it, as a finite mind can ever come to 'perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.'"

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  1. ^ "The Psychedelic Experience FAQ". Erowid. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1954). The Doors of Perception (PDF). Perennial Classics. p. 6. ISBN 0-06-059518-3. 
  3. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1954). The Doors of Perception (PDF). Perennial Classics. p. 5. ISBN 0-06-059518-3.