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A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine

"An affectionate account of that wide-eyed era . . . explains why flicker continues to fascinate brain researchers as much as it ever did the acid heads."

– The Independent

"Excellent . . . engrossing . . . Geiger’s readable, authoritative, beautifully designed pocket history does us all a great favour by reminding readers of what is wondrous in life."

– Quill & Quire

The true story of how the discovery of flicker potentials, and scientific observations about strange patterns, organized hallucinations, and even the displacement of time derived from stroboscopic light, very nearly resulted in a Dream Machine in every suburban living room. William S. Burroughs said: "Flicker administered under large dosage and repeated later could well lead to overflow of brain areas ... Anything that can be done chemically can be done in other ways." Aldous Huxley called it "an aid to visionary experience."


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