Aldous Huxley on Non-Human Otherness

Aldous Huxley wrote in 1956:

“Applied science is a conjurer, whose bottomless hat yields the softest Angora rabbits and the most petrifying of Medusas…. But I am still optimist enough.. to bet that the non-human otherness at the root of man’s being will ultimately triumph over the all too human selves who frame the ideologies and engineer the collective suicides.” (“The Desert”).

Aldous was fond of phrases such as “non-human otherness” and “transcendent consciousness”. His later romantic, spiritual and environmentalist ideas are expressed in his books such as The Perennial Philosophy (1945).


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