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Altered states : creativity under the influence

Author: Jim Hughes
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, ©1999.
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This provocative study takes readers on the ultimate creative trip, exploring in depth the heightened states of mind that give rise to art. The book considers how the components of creativity--awareness, energy, loss of self-consciousness--are affected by stimuli to the brain such as meditative rituals, alcohol, and drugs. The impact of altered states on Samuel Coleridge, William Faulkner, Jackson Pollock, and other  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hughes, Jim, 1937-
Altered states.
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, c1999
(OCoLC)624539236
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Hughes
ISBN: 0823001636 9780823001637
OCLC Number: 42681415
Description: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Creativity and altered states ; What is creativity? ; Connections --
Power and possession. The power ; Shamans ; Joseph Beuys : the artist and the shaman ; The shaman and the circus ; Is it only rock'n'roll? ; Apollo and Dionysus --
Structures of the mind. What is consciousness? ; The brain ; The multitasking mind ; The divided self --
Dreams and the unconscious. The rediscovery of dreaming ; Dream power ; Dreams and the romantics ; The cartography of the mind ; The science of dreaming ; The Jungian angle ; Creative dreaming --
The creative process. The germination of ideas ; Plato's divine madness ; Incubating the idea ; Automatic creation ; Imagination and fantasy --
The creative personality. Talents and intelligences ; Nature and nurture ; Endless love ; Creativity as therapy --
The role of society. The creative product ; The social background ; The artist as social phenomenon ; Creative societies --
Playful creativity. The potency of play ; A bear of little brain : Winnie-The-Pooh ; Animals and nonsense ; Prodigies and infant phenomena --
Creativity and disease. The art of sickness ; Through the pain gate ; Sensory deprivation ; In the shadow of death: TB, cancer, and AIDS ; Mind sickness ; Psychotic art ; Manic depression ; The black dog ; Epilepsy and migraine ; Alcoholism --
Sex and creativity. The power of the woman ; Sexuality, antagonism, and creative impulse ; Muses, icons, and sex goddesses ; Homosexuality and androgyny --
Ways to creativity. The brain-mind continuum ; Mystics and creativity ; Icons and mandalas ; Music and dance ; Waking sleep --
Creativity and chemistry. Chemical weddings ; The seductive poppy : opium ; Hashish and marijuana ; Heroin ; Bending the mind ; Let's go faster : cocaine and amphetamines --
Creativity now. Brave new world ; Replication and deconstruction ; Creativity and repetition ; Creativity and the information revolution ; And in the end.
Responsibility: James Hughes.

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This provocative study takes readers on the ultimate creative trip, exploring in depth the heightened states of mind that give rise to art. The book considers how the components of creativity--awareness, energy, loss of self-consciousness--are affected by stimuli to the brain such as meditative rituals, alcohol, and drugs. The impact of altered states on Samuel Coleridge, William Faulkner, Jackson Pollock, and other creative giants is explored, as is the role drugs play in group creativity--jazz, blues music, experimental theater, film. Also discussed are pop icons such as Little Richard, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia and the visionary, surreal quality often associated with their music, describing ecstatic experience or demonic worlds.

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