Tuesday, January 06, 2015

January 6 Let a Hundred Lillys Bloom

The story of John C. Lilly MD is fascinating.

Born in 1915, he attended Caltech, then studied medicine. He conducted research on the effects upon the body of high altitude flying and on muscle function. He developed electronic sensors to read nerve cell potentials. He was a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is also known for his study of dolphin intelligence. He was an influence on Carl Sagan and co-founder of SETI.

Lilly is noted for his philosophy of using his own body in research. He became interested later in life in the study of consciousness and altered mental states, through natural means, as well as psychedelic pharmaceuticals of the time.

Lilly also invented the float tank, a sensation minimizing meditation environment.

Float On is Portland's most dynamic float tank center, with an unparalleled community. They sponsor an international float tank conference each year in Portland.

Tonight they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lilly's birth. There will be Lilly-themed games and quizzes, refreshments and music, as well as some of Lilly's books for sale including Float On's own unabridged republication of Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments by Dr John C. Lilly.

Float On celebrates John C Lilly's 100th birthday tonight at the shop. At Float On www.floathq.com 4530 SE Hawthorne 7PM-10 Free