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  •  Our level? (6+ / 0-)

    I've read the Uplift series and enjoyed Brin's work. It would be nice if he did check in.

    In reading Lilly's books you begin to get the feeling that he had the suspicion that the dolphins with their brains ten times larger than ours and the whales with brains one hundred times larger than ours... including the silent areas that correlate with intelligence... that they just might be the superior species.

    It struck him that the dolphins had advanced sonar that could see us from miles off and yet would allow themselves to be captured... that the whales would allow us to hunt them literally to the point of extinction.

    He asked why in his books... why would a species, that his research seemed to be pointing to possess a greater intelligence than our own, would allow these things to happen to themselves? What do they know that we don't? What part of the picture have we as human beings missed or failed to understand about existence?

    Man... the paragon of animals... according to whom?

    •  I hadn't read this before... (7+ / 0-)

      I found this on Wikipedia on Lilly:

      Exploration of human consciousness

      In the early 1960s he was introduced to psychedelic drugs such as LSD and (later) ketamine and began a series of experiments in which he ingested a psychedelic drug either in an isolation tank or in the company of dolphins. These events are described in his books Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments and The Center of the Cyclone, both published in 1972.

      Following advice from Ram Dass, Lilly studied Patanjali's system of yoga (finding I. K. Taimni's Science of Yoga, a modernized interpretation of the Sanskrit text, most suited to his goals). He also paid special attention to Self-enquiry meditation advocated by Sri Ramana Maharshi, and was reformulating the principles of this exercise with reference to his human biocomputer paradigm (described in Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments and The Center of the Cyclone). He later traveled to Chile and trained with the spiritual leader Oscar Ichazo (whose attitude to metaphysical consciousness exploration Lilly characterized as "empirical" in his book The Center of the Cyclone). Lilly claimed to have achieved the maximum degree of Satori-Samadhi consciousness during his training.
      Later career

      He published 19 books in all, including The Center of the Cyclone, which describes his own LSD experiences, and Man and Dolphin and The Mind of the Dolphin which describe his work with dolphins.

      In the 1980s he directed a project which attempted to teach dolphins a computer-synthesised language. Lilly designed a future "communications laboratory" that would be a floating living room where humans and dolphins could chat as equals and where they would develop a common language.

      He envisioned a time when all killing of whales and dolphins would cease, "not from a law being passed, but from each human understanding innately that these are ancient, sentient earth residents, with tremendous intelligence and enormous life force. Not someone to kill, but someone to learn from."[10] In the 1990s Lilly moved to the island of Maui in Hawaii, where he lived most of the remainder of his life.

      His literary rights and scientific discoveries were owned by Human Software, Inc., while his philanthropic endeavors were owned by the Human Dolphin Foundation. The John C. Lilly Research Institute, Inc. continues to research topics of interest to Lilly.

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