I'm Ed Rosenfeld, a writer and editor. I was one of the founding editors of Omni magazine and I’m the author of The Book of Highs—an encyclopedic survey of many of the ways humans can use to achieve altered states of consciousness. Ask me anything!
I’m Ed Rosenfeld, author of The Book of Highs, just published in a new edition today. In the 1960s, when so many people who never took drugs started to freak out about drugs and made laws against them, I thought: they can’t outlaw consciousness. So, I put together this mini-encyclopedia, first published in 1973, describing hundreds of ways to alter consciousness without drugs. This new edition is fully revised, updated, and expanded to include illustrations and experiences that reflect recent developments—such as Virtual Reality and Brainwave Machines. There are a total of 255 ways for a new generation to push their minds into experiential realms.
My past books include Talking Nets: An Oral History of Neural Networks and An Oral History of Gestalt Therapy. My newsletter, INTELLIGENCE (1987-2017) was the first to cover the history and development of neural networks and artificial intelligence. I also wrote a screenplay, MKULTRA, which has been adapted for the opera as Huxley’s Last Trip.
You can read more about my latest book, The Book of Highs, at bookofhighs.com
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EDIT: Thanks everyone for your questions! I have to log off now but will check in tomorrow to answer new questions.