John C. Lilly

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John C. Lilly
Born 6 January 1915(1915-01-06)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died 30 August 2001 (86)
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater California Institute of Technology [CalTech] (1938); Dartmouth Medical School; University of Pennsylvania, M.D. (1942)
Workplace(s) University of Pennsylvania; United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC); Communication Research Institute; National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Known for Dolphin communications studies; psychonautics research; E.C.C.O. and S.S.E.

John Cunningham Lilly (January 6, 1915 - September 30, 2001) was an American medical research physician and psychoanalyst who worked in a broad array of fields, particularly domains of consciousness research, including neuro-physiology and anatomy as well as psychonautics, in addition to bio-physics, electronics, and computer science. Lilly is generally noted for his interest in dolphin communication and various methods of consciousness modification, including sensory deprivation (via isolation tanks) and psychedelic drugs.

Selected Bibliography

  • Lilly, John C. (1961), Man and Dolphin: Adventures of a New Scientific Frontier, Garden City, NY: Doubleday 
  • Lilly, John C. (1967), The Mind of the Dolphin: A Nonhuman Intelligence, Garden City, NY: Doubleday 
  • Lilly, John C. (1968), Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments, Communication Research Institute 
  • Lilly, John C. (1972), The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space, Julian Press 
  • Lilly, John C. (1975), Simulations of God: The Science of Belief, Simon and Schuster 
  • Lilly, John C.; Lilly, Antonietta (1976), The Dyadic Cyclone: The Autobiography of a Couple, Simon and Schuster 
  • Lilly, John C. (1977), The Deep Self: Profound Relaxation and the Tank Isolation Technique, Simon and Schuster 
  • Lilly, John C. (1978), The Scientist: A Novel Autobiography, Lippincott 
  • Lilly, John C. (1978), Communication between Man and Dolphin: The Possibilities of Talking with Other Species, Julian Press