Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves
Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes,
and the Quest for Transcendence
"Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas." -- Christian Science Monitor
"Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." -- WIRED
Complete with illustrations, Pickover's book entertains, informs, and invites his readers — old and new — to test their powers of lateral thinking and to see the world in a fresh way.
"Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is quite a book and fully a close encounter with Clifford Pickover's amazing mind. The book made me wish I could spend a few hours with Dr. Pickover just picking his brain. ...the book is a tour de force." -- Science Editor, Harvard University Press
World-renowned science writer Cliff Pickover explores the borderlands of science in his latest and greatest work. Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, Pickover gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and of other worlds as he reaches across cultures and peers beyond our ordinary reality. Unlock the doors of your imagination with topics ranging from fugu sushi and zombies to Proust, psychedelics, quantum theory, New York literary agents, strange Bibles, and the wisdom of Einstein and Holiday-Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is the hammer that shatters the ice of our unconscious. Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of thirty highly acclaimed books on science, mathematics, art, and religion. His web site, Pickover.com, has received several million visits.
(DMT Drug Entity encountered by Rogdog. Click image to enlarge.)
|Pickover illuminates some of the most mysterious phenomena affecting our species. What is creativity? Does language shape thought? Do beings inhabit drug-induced realities? What are hallucinogenic worms? Where are Einstein's brain and eyes? What can we learn from Thomas Jefferson's decimated Bible, epileptic religious states, uncommon psychiatric disorders, Lucia Joyce, Warner Sallman's Head of Christ, shamanist Terence McKenna, and the humming toadfish, whose incessant underwater droning at a perfect A-flat was a mystery for years.|
"Clifford Pickover's ability to connect various fields of understanding is a true display of synthesis to reveal wholes greater than their parts. At the same time he can analyze a subject to extract the one or two things he needs in yet another larger insight. He is a deep sea diver, and a stellar voyager."
--George Zebrowski, John W. Campbell Prize winner for Brute Orbits
"Dr. Pickover's book made me want to read Proust, eat sushi, and contemplate parallel universes. Of course, I've done all those things before but Pickover's joyfully whimsical and lucid writing style reminded me why."
-- Ken Goffman aka RU Sirius, author of Counterculture Through The Ages
"Cliff Pickover is a believer whose faith in the marvelous nature of the universe is uniquely revealed through his skillful employment of the skeptic's razor. Stripping away the veil that hides the unseen realms of the possible, SDE&E offers glints of the spectacular rewards to be grasped when science and the Socratic method are trained, where they ought to be, on the sublime and the mysterious."
-- Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures
"A truly stunning doorway to other universes and ways of thinking. Pickover's latest work provides a collection of ideas at the frontiers of science, art, and culture. He engages the reader on a journey of self-discovery."
-- Paul Moskowitz, Ph.D. , Inventor with 60 US Patents, and Wheel-of-Fortune champion
"Warning! Proceed with extreme caution! Sex, Drugs, Einstein, & Elves is a dangerously psychoactive and highly addictive book. I simply could not put this book down! Clifford Pickover's hallucinogenic orgy of paradigm-shifting ideas is guaranteed to increase your intelligence and expand your mind, but--trust me--after reading this book, you will never see reality the same again." --David Jay Brown, author of Mavericks of the Mind and Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse
"Reading this book is like taking a ride in a very fast car down a mountainous highway with thousands of hairpin bends. At each bend is a sign that flashes information. Just as you get towards the bottom of the mountain, whoops, spinout, back upwards towards the summit. Fasten your seat belts kiddies! Sushi! God! Lord of The Rings! William S. Burroughs! Marcel Proust! DMT! LSD! Brain Surgery! Stellar Nucleosynthesis! plus hundreds of dissimilar titles are like signposts to snippets of information that even the most well read, educated reader will never have heard of. ... This book is full of inspirational information, challenges to broaden our understanding of obscure though important areas of knowledge and fascinating little-known facts. Throughout the book Pickover hints at areas of science where concentrated research would most likely yield valuable knowledge. One such area concerns the visions and transcendence experienced by people from different cultures using the drug DMT. The book is highly entertaining, easy to read, and will be a good reference book for more things than you, I, or Horatio ever dreamed of." -- Leonardo Journal (2006)
In which we encounter zombie recipes, the dream fish of Norfolk Island, hallucinogenic worm intestines, fugu sushi, Homer Simpson, the "larval beings" of William Burroughs, H. P. Lovecraft, parallel universes, ayahuasca, Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, the Leather Man, the Malalis Indians, grilled fugu sperm, mushroom-loving reindeer, iboga, the instinct to alter consciousness, Christian Ratsch, Wernher von Braun, Kip Thorne, Carl Sagan, The Lobotomy Club, the overlap of science fiction and science, and personal anecdotes of my childhood and home town of Shrub Oak, New York.
In which we encounter the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, the language of the Tariana, the karass and granfaloon, shibumi, Joumana Medlej, Alexandra Aikhenvald, Kawesqar, secret Hebrew names for God, golems, Pi: the movie, language as a virus, rabbis Hanania ben Teradion, Judah Low ben Bezalel and Schneur Zalman of Lyadi; beings with five billion mouths, Ös, high-IQ genius Chris Langan, "The Great Vocabulary Eskimo Hoax," time travel, Douglas Adams, Temple Grandin, Freeman Dyson, Jean-Francois Champollion, the Rosetta Stone, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, the Tetragrammaton, 666, Lord of the Rings, Kabbalah, free will, William S. Burroughs, Terence McKenna, aboriginal Pintupi, and the Guugu Yimithirr.
In which we encounter the terraqueous chrysoprase, Bertrand Russell's twenty favorite words, Piers Anthony's ten favorite words, logophiliacs, Oulipoian states of mind, constrained writing, Pynchonomancy, Annie Sprinkle, Robert Sawyer, divination, the mystery of italics, Brion Gysin's Dream Machine, music, painting, plot aesthetics, Dia Center for the Arts, lipograms, The Anagrammed Bible, Michael Shermer, "A Glass Centipede," computer poetry, creativity machines, Rachter, Ray Kurzweil, Yggdrasill, alien beauty, alien pornography, Reverend Jerry Falwell, adipocere, Monongahela, Harlan Ellison, Antonin Artaud, Aldus Manutius, the world's largest vocabulary, and amphigory.
In which we encounter Humphry Osmond, Aldous and Laura Huxley, DMT machine-elves, higher-dimensional dream palaces, the Glass Chrysanthemum, Terence and Dennis McKenna, Rick Strassman, Debra Fadool, reality-enhanced mice, Whitley Strieber, pineal glands, Biblical prophets, ayahuasca, entheogens, Benny Shanon, harmaline alkaloids, Daniel Pinchbeck, robots, larval beings, alien space insects, androids, clowns, dwarves, praying-mantis entities, fairies, cities of Lego with writhing monster squids, Alexander Shulgin, Peter Meyer, Isaac Newton, William James, John Horgan, iboga, Alan Watts, Stanislav Grof, James Kent, near-death experiences, alien senses, the Indian edible-nest swiftlet, "Apparent Communication with Discarnate Entities Induced by Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)," Howard Lotsof, transcendent cable, Ken Wilbur, and temporal lobe epilepsy.
In which we encounter the illusion of intermetamorphosis, cryonics, delusional parasitosis, perception puzzles, doppelgängers, asparagus, bipolar disorder, Kay Jamison, creativity, Special K, angels, Irish Fairy and Folktales, Invasion of The Body Snatchers, and psychiatric disorders like Charles Bonnet syndrome, Capgras syndrome, Fregoli syndrome, asomatognosia, prosopagnosia, reduplicative paramnesia, the syndrome of subjective doubles, Cotard's syndrome, and Ekbom's syndrome.
In which we discuss quantum immortality, psychedelic Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, the Meseglise and Guermantes ways, Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, TV laugh tracks, Thomas Jefferson's decimated Bible, Warner Sallman's Head of Christ, Mel Gibson, Lucia Joyce, Carl Jung, Agent 488, General Dwight Eisenhower, Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project, Tolkien's Lothlorien, the chanting of Sausalito mystery fish, the tenacity of the Acoemeti, recipes for attracting women, word salad and computer spam, dropping pennies from the Empire State Building, movie closing credits, near-death experiences, living in the pi matrix, parallel universes, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, Robert Heinlein, The Wishing Project, John Goddard,and the mathematical abilities of Jesus.
In which we encounter prolific writers, literary agents, publishers, editors, bibliomaniacs, "The Whore of Mensa," Hillary Clinton, William Shatner, coffee-addict Honoré de Balzac, Dr. Seuss, cartoon guides to Proust, Isaac Asimov, publisher response times, famous rejected books, authors' advance money, lecture tours, book signings, book dedications, literary agent John Brockman, collaborations, Piers Anthony, Shirley Jackson, ghostwriters, book titles, cover art, bestsellers, writing advice, Lester Dent, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dean Koontz,Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote, Perry Mason, Willa Cather, Sigmund Freud, Ring Lardner, John Creasey, Spider Legs, Pycnogonids, Jerzy Kosinski, Ellery Queen, John F. Kennedy, Agatha Christie, John Cheever, Alfred Knopf, and amphioxus.
In which we encounter Einstein, Rumi, God, the anthropic principle, Stephen Hawking, the Bible, Proust's hyper-realities, The Lobotomy Club, Sushi Never Sleeps, fractals, brain surgery, Italian filmmaking, neorealism, stellar nucleosynthesis, the Big Bang, Paul Davies, Frank Tipler, Marcel Proust, H. P. Lovecraft, Andrei Linde, Sir Fred Hoyle, Rudy Rucker, Robert Jastrow, The Templeton Foundation, multiple universes, Paul Kammerer, synchronicity, and the shoreless sea of love.
In which we encounter Einstein's brain, Maja Einstein, the Sylvian fissure, Einstein's disembodied eyes, Dr. Henry Abrams, Einstein's disembodied hair, Einstein's pipe, the legend of Mochaoi, Henri Bergson, spacetime, time dilation, Marcel Proust, Thomas De Quincey, Angelus Silesius, Félirena Naomh Nerennachm, Philip K. Dick, Mount Coelian, the Seven Sleepers, God's time, Moslem legends, magical horse Burak, Isaac Newton, Hollywood, Marian Diamond, Stephen Hawking, the Chronology Projection Conjecture, psychoactive ketamine, the special theory of relativity, In Search of Lost Time, and future-life progression. Is time travel possible? If time is something learned, can we unlearn it? Can the flow of time be stopped? What if Einstein had lived another twenty years?
In which we encounter Ts'ai Lun and the invention of paper, David Jay Brown's Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, nanotechnology gray goo, rise of the machine civilization, evolution of the human race, ring angels, insectile aeroplankton, dragonflies, George Bush, zygotic personhood, abortion, stem cells, Alan Dershowitz, Kilgore Trout, the extinction of the Jews, DMT machine-elf research centers, Jovian moons, angelic beings, Burning Man and the Aortic Arch, supermodels, the Superbug Age, musicians and monks,The Bone Tree, The Nebulous Entity, The Plastic Chapel, Xeni Jardin, Jeff Bezos, John Brockman, Maria Spiropulu, Connie Willis, Stephen Spielberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Freeman Dyson, Neal Stephenson, Alexandra Aikhenvald, Amy Chua, Maggie Balistreri, the Lucidity Institute, Jane Roberts, Mr. Spock, Whitley Strieber, extraterrestrials, Star Wars, intelligence, evolution, hive minds, termites, the Turing test, Chworktap, Dean Koontz, extinction of the human species, Dr. Rick Strassman, Terence McKenna, doomsday machines, Freeman Dyson, and Tinkertoy minds. Can consciousness exist without a brain?
First thanks for such a great book. I didn't read it, I consumed it as it consumed me. It is a great book which I have began sharing with others. Much of it reaffirmed many of my own ideas, beliefs, concepts, and realities. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it brainwashed me into running right out to the bookstores and buying as many of your other books as I could find. I can hardly wait to read some of them and they are in line to be consumed here shortly.
Hi Dr. Pickover,
I am on page 223 and enjoying every second of the read. In fact, your book and new research indicating that my daily coffee is a powerful anti-oxidant are the highlights of the month!
Again, your book is a consciousness-expanding delight - let's hope this is the first of many books in which you will interweave personal anecdotes/biography with your material. It really does make for a human (and humane) approach.
A day later: Well, I am now experiencing that peculiar feeling when a really good read is coming to an end. Too soon, too soon...the only critical comment I can toss at you is that the book is too short! Is there a word to describe the sense of regret at finishing a great book? Bibliobandonment, perhaps?
Advance (money), publishing, 173-174 Aeroplankton, 238 "Agent 488," 135 Agents, literary, 175 Aikhenvald, Alexandra, 32 Aliens artificial life, 241 beauty, 56, 58 DMT, 56, 87, 103, 105, 123, 236, see also elves senses, 89 Amphigory, 73 Anthony, Piers, 48, 176 Anthropic principle, 199-200 Aracades Project, 136-138 Architecture, xxii Artaud, Antonin, 71 Asomatognosia, 120 Ayahuasca, 10, 84, 90, 97, 98, 102, 108, 233 Babel, Tower of, xxii Baha'i, 2-3, 30, 100, 262 Balzac, Honoré de, 168 Bazalel, xxii Ben Teradion, Hanania, 35 Ben Joseph, Akiva, 36 Ben Judah, Eleazar, 37 Benjamin, Walter, 136-138 Bible, xxv Dick, Philip K., 215 prophets (and DMT), 87-88, 95, 107 Bibliomania, 192-193 Bipolar disorder, 112 Birds, bower, 97 Bonnet syndrome, 116 Book, see also writing collaborations, 177 editors, 188-189 dedications, 191-192 ghostwriters, 178 promotion, 190 publishing, 165-170 rejections, 170 titles, 179-180 Boroditsky, Lera, 31 Brain states and mysticism, xxviii Brain/psychiatric syndromes asomatognosia, 120 Bonnet, 116 Capgras, 118-119 Cotard's, 121 Ekbom's, 121 Fregoli, 120 prosopagnosia, 120 reduplicative paramnesia, 120 subjective doubles, 120 Britton, Everard, 7 Brockman, John, 175, 176, 227 Brown, David, 228 Burning Man, 227-233 Burritt, Elihu, 23 Burroughs, William, 10, 40, 56 Bush, George, 244 Capgras syndrome, 118-119 Cel-Ray soda (Dr. Brown's), 127 Champollion, Jean-Francois, 23 Chrysanthemum, glass, 82-83 Chulym, 33 Collaborations, book 177 Consciousness, 238-239 Constrained writing, 62 Cotard's syndrome, 121 Creativity, xxii, 40, 65, 77, 107, 112, 135, 232, 233, 242 machine, 69 Credits, movies, 147 Dani, 21 Dating, 142 Davies, Paul, 201 Davis, Wade, 7 Death and drugs, 92 Dedications, book, 191-192 Dent, Lester, 186 Dick, Philip K., 215 Divination, 67 DMT (dimethyltryptamine), xxi, 9-10, 39, 79-97, 122-123, 229, 232-235 biblical visions, 87-88, 91 brain, 233-234 DMTverse, 82 dreams, 103, 232, 234 elves, xxi, 83-85, 87, 93-94, 98-99, 102-105, 116-117, 122-123, 139, 151, 229, 232-235 insects, 93, 102, 105 pineal gland, 85-89 visions, 84, 90, 92, 95, 97, 122-123, 139 Donaldson, S. R., 70 DNA, 247 Donnie Darko, 54 Doomsday, 242-243 DPT, 102, 122 Dream, xxvi-xxvii, 8, 39, 69, 89, 92, 96, 98, 103, 139, 151, 197, 199, 212, 232, 234, 256, 259 fish, 9 machine, 55 lucid, 232-233 Drugs, see DMT, psychedelics animals and, 11 Dyson, Freeman, x, xxiii, 13, 18, 243 Editors, book, 188-189 Ehrenfest, Paul, xxxi Einstein, Albert, xxxi, 14-15, 25, 28, 44, 46, 64, 79, 85, 132, 134-135, 198, 202, 203, 205-220, 224, 248, 257, 259 brain and eyes, 205-210 hair and pipe, 210 quotes, xxiii, xxix, 44, 77, 224-225, 248 Ekbom's syndrome, 121 Ellison, Harlan, 54, 70 Elves, Bonnet syndrome, 116, 118, 122 machine (DMT), 84, 93-94, 98, 102-105, 122-123, 139, 229, 232-235, see also DMT Embryo, 35, 85, 244, 246, see also zygotic Empire State Building, 147 Encyclopaedia Britannica, 108 Entomology, 238, see also insects Entomophagy, 7-8, see also insects Epilepsy, 106-107 Eskimo words, 19-20 Evolution, 86, 236 Fadool, Debra, 87 Fazah, Ziad, 24 Fish dream, 9 humming, 140-141 Fregoli syndrome, 120 From Beyond, 11-12 Fugu sushi, 6 Future-life progression, 220-223 Gadsby, 61 Granfalloon, 30 Generalists, 234 Genes, reality-restricting, 86-87 Genius and insanity, 111-112, 134, 253 Ghostwriters, 178 Gil, David, 31 God, xxii, xxvii, 24, 28-29, 72, 86, 88, 90, 94, 105, 106, 107, 108, 133, 149, 155, 216, 217, 257 anthropic principle, 199-201 mathematics, 202 names of, 35-43 Golem, 41 Gould, Stephen, 109 Grandin, Temple, 27 Gray goo, 243 Gysin, Brion, 55 Hasidim, 3, 42, 248 Head of Christ, 132-133, see also Jesus Hebrew names for God, 35-43 Hive minds, 238-239 Holiday Inn, 128 Hopi Indians, 26, 34, 76 Horgan, John, 91-92, 100, 106 Huxley, Aldous, 81-82 Iboga, 9, 11, 99, 101, 102 Immortality, 242 quantum, 153 In Search of Lost Time, see Proust Insects, 73, 94, 102, 121, 122, 124, 237-238, 247 DMT, 93, 105 eating, 7-9 Intermetamorphosis, 120 Inuit words, 19-20 Islam and words, 24 Italics, 72 James, William, xxviii-xxix, 12, 100 Jamison, Kay Redfield, 112 Jefferson, Thomas (Bible), 130-131 Jesus, 88, 130-132, 136, 155 math ability, 156 pictures of, 132-133 Jews, 91, 131, 133, 150 names for God, 35-43 vanishing, 3, 248 Joyce, Lucia, 134-135 Joyce, James, 54, 65, 70, 134-135, 204 Jung, Carl, 135 Kabbala, 37-39, 42 Kammerer, Paul, 203 Kant, Immanuel, 211 Karass, 30 Kawesqar, 32 Keith, Mike, 63 Kent, James, 104-104 Ketamine, 117 Koontz, Dean, 187 Kosinski, Jerzy, 172 Krassner, Paul, 48 Kurzweil, Ray, 64-65 Langan, Chris, 40 Language gaps, 24-25 multilingual people, 23-24 number of languages, 32-33 shaping thought, 17-41, 75-76 time, 26-29, 33 virus, 39-41 vocabulary, 74 Lasswitz, Kurd, 13 Laugh tracks, 129 Leather Man, 4 Letters (characters) in DMTverse, 83, 96 Linde, Andrei, 201 Lotsof, Howard, 101 Lovecraft, H. P., 11-12, 71, 198-199 LSD, 72, 81, 82, 92, 98, 101, 162, 212, 265 Lucid dreaming, 56, 232-233 Malalis Indians, 8 Marijuana, xxvii, 16, 109, 212, 234 Marquez, Gabriel, 211 Masks, 3-4 Mates, attracting, 142 Mathematics, 42, 96, 156 God and, 202 language and, 31 McKenna, Dennis, 88 McKenna, Terence, 39, 84, 94, 98, 104, 106, 108, 109, 123, 232, 241, 248 Medlej, Joumana, 18-19, 75 Mental disorders, 135, see also brain syndromes Meyer, Peter, 99 Morrell, David, 185 Movie credits, 147 Music, 59, 95, 130, 226 Names of God, 35-43 Near-death experiences, 84-85, 90, 92, 117, 148-149 Neoreality, 198 Nephelidia, 73 Nerennachm, 214 Newberg, Andrew, 106 Newton, Isaac, 10, 217 Norfolk Island, 9 Ös, 33 Osmond, Humphry, 81 Oulipo, 63 Paintings, and beauty, 58 Paper, invention of, 227 Parallel universes, 11, 12, 82, 83, 87, 91, 94, 116, 153-155, 202, 229, 235, 254 Pennies, dropping, 147 Pesce, Mark, 40, 44 Pi (o) matrix, 152 messages in, 247 the movie, 42 Pickover, Clifford, life of 1-10 Pinchbeck, Daniel, 72, 82, 84, 94-95, 101, 116 Pineal gland, 85-89 Pinker, Steven, 26 Pintupi, 34 Piraha, 21-22 Plot synthesis, 59 Poetry, artificial, 64-65 Polari, Alex, 95 Polti, Georges, 59 Prosopagnosia, 120 Proust, Marcel, xxix-xxx, 4 , 45, 80-81, 114, 125-126, 142-143, 149-151, 165-166, 168, 185, 197, 210-215, 251-256 and time, 210-215 Psilocybin, 92 Psychedelics, 79-81 Psychiatric disorders, 120, see also brain syndromes Publishing books, 165-175 difficulty of, 168-169 Puzzle, perception, 115 Pynchonomancy, 67 Quantum immortality, 153 Ramachandran, V. S., 58 Ramanujan, Srinivasa, xxvi, 96 Ratsch, Christian, 10 Reduplicative paramnesia, 120 Rejections, books, 170 Remembrance of Things Past, see Proust Roberts, Joe, 9 Rucker, Rudy, 202 Rushkoff, Douglas, 49 Russell, Bertrand, 46-47 Sagan, Carl 14, 16 Sallman, Walter, 132-133 Sandburg, Carl, 53 Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, 18, 25, 29-31, 34 Sawyer, Robert, 50 Science fiction, impact of, 13-14 Scientists, xxvii, 13, 200 Serendipity and invention, xxviii Seven Sleepers, 216 Sex, 6, 10, 11, 48, 57, 68, 141, 146, 166, 187, 189, 241, 242, 244 , 274 Shakespeare, William, 138-139 Shanon, Benny, 90, 96, 98 Shermer, Michael, 50 Shrub Oak, xxvi, 1, 4, 17-18, 46, 81, 126 Shulgin, Alexander, 99 Spam, 143-146 Sprinkle, Annie, 49 Stapledon, Olaf, 13 Star Maker, 13 Starlings, 239 Stein, Gertrude, 190 Steinbeck, John, xxxii Stichomancy, 67 Strassman, Rick, 83-85, 88, 94, 101 Strieber, Whitley, 87, 236 Subjective doubles, 120 Sushi, 1, 4-6, 16, 231 Swinburne, Algernon, 73 Synchronicities, 203, 215 Syndromes, brain, see brain syndromes Talmud, 36, 37, 39, 42, 68, 149, 245, 259 Tariana, 32 Termites 328-239 Tetragrammaton, 35-43 Tetrodotoxin, 6-7 Thaler, Stephen, 69 The Matrix, xxvii The Sopranos, xxx Thinking without words, 25, 27 Time God, 217 language, 26-29 Proust, 210-211 psychology, 212-213 Tinkertoy minds, 240 Tolkien, J. R. R., 41, 54, 95, 139 Turing beings, 240 Two Planets, 13 Vocabulary, 54, 74, 75 Eskimo, 19-20 Piraha, 22 Vonnegut, Kurt, 30 Voluntary Human Extinction, 243 Watts, Alan, 104 Wilbur, Ken, 106 Wilson, Kemmons, 127-129 Wishing Project, 158-161 Words beautiful, 54-55 favorite, 45-66 for colors, 21-22 for holes, 34 for numbers, 21-22 for snow, 19-20 Worms, hallucinogenic, 8-9 Writers, prolific, 167 Writing, see also book coffee addiction, 168 constrained, 62 customs, 168 difficulty of publishing, 168-179 tips, 180-184 Yagé, 10, 84 Yahweh, 35 Yorktown, see Shrub Oak Zalman, Schneur, 39 Zombies, 6-7 Zygotic personhood, 244-245, see also embryo