What do you guys think about the main theory in this monologue of Huxley's? I'm not sure I believe it but hot damn is it interesting. Here's some excerpts from the book that explain it: "The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe" "The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any given moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful." So he's saying that our brains are much, much more powerful than we think they are, and that our body protects us from receiving all of this useless information and only lets us sense or remember the stuff that's biologically useful to our survival. The way this ties in with his mescaline experiment is that he thinks psychedelics can help open our "doors of perception" and that they let our brain receive the "useless" information we wouldn't normally. To me it has a ring of truth, as my brains certainly been overwhelmed on various psychedelics, and I could see the biological usefulness of shutting it all out. I would've liked to ask him if he thought animal and insect brains were this powerful too, but too bad he's dead . Opinions?