Sex, Drugs, Einstein, & Elves
Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence
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BACK COVER #World-renowned science writer Cliff Pickover explores the borderlands of science in his latest and greatest work. Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, Pickover gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and of other worlds as he reaches across cultures and peers beyond our ordinary reality. Unlock the doors of your imagination with topics ranging from fugu sushi and zombies to Proust, psychedelics, quantum theory, New York literary agents, strange Bibles, and the wisdom of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is the hammer that shatters the ice of our unconsciousness.
Pickover illuminates some of the most mysterious phenomenoa affecting our species. What is creativity? Does language shape thought? Do beings inhabit drug-induced realities? What are hallucinogenic worms? Where are Einstein's brain and eyes? What can we learn from Thomas Jefferson's decimated Bible, epileptic religious states, uncommon psychiatric disorders, Lucia Joyce, Warner Sallman's Head of Christ, shamanist Terence McKenna, and the humming toadfish, who's incessant underwater droning at a perfect A-flat was a mystery for years.
BLURBS #"Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas."
-- Christian Science Monitor
"Bucky Fuller throught big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both."
"Reading Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves induced a marked, noticeable psychoactive response. The author has created a text that could well result in Pickover's writing being classified as a controlled substance."
-- Jamie Forbes, New York City media consultant
"Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is quite a book and fully a close encounter with Clifford Pickover's amazing mind. The book made me wish I could spend a few hours with Dr. Pickover just picking his brain. Yes, the book is a tour de force."
-- Science Editor, Harvard University Press