Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves

Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes,
and the Quest for Transcendence

Clifford A. Pickover
Smart Publications, 2005

"Reading Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves induced a marked, noticeable psychoactive response. The author has created a text that could well result in Cliff Pickover's writing being classified as a controlled substance." -- Jamie Forbes, New York City media consultant

"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

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A Glimpse of New Ways of Thinking?

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,, has received several million visits.

Explore New Realities

(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.

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"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)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: On Fugu Sushi and Transdimensional Reality Worms

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.

Chapter 2: The Quantum Mechanics of Hopi Indians

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.

Chapter 3: Bertrand Russell's Twenty Favorite Words

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.

Chapter 4: DMT, Moses, and The Quest For Transcendence

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.

Chapter 5: Brain Syndromes Open Portals to Parallel Universes

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.

Chapter 6: From Holiday Inn to the Head of Christ

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.

Chapter 7: The Business of Book Publishing: Unplugged, Up Close, and Personal

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.

Chapter 8: Neoreality and the Quest for Transcendence

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.

Chapter 9: Oh God, Einstein's Brain and Eyes are Missing

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?

Chapter 10: Burning Man and the Conquest of Reality

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?

Chapter 11: Farewell

About the Author

Additional Praise

Mr. Pickover,

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.

Darrell Shaver
Boise, ID

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?

Elan Levitan

Book Index

Advance (money), publishing, 173-174
Aeroplankton, 238
"Agent 488," 135
Agents, literary, 175
Aikhenvald, Alexandra, 32
	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
	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
	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
	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
	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
	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
	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