“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.”
“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.”
“Cerebral . . . an intriguing read . . . answers all the questions you would want to ask.”
“It’s unlikely you’ll find a more fascinating book. The convergence of science and art, of great minds and visionaries, over a hallucinatory device is one of the fantastic untold stories of our century. Geiger’s slim but potent book is a sizable contribution to the annals of science and pop culture.”
“Wholesome in a bizarre way”
Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Brief History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine
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.”
The Angel Effect recounts the moving personal stories of everyday people who have experienced this phenomenon and examines its spiritual implications and neurological basis. Geiger also asks whether we can train ourselves to access the effect at will. With a journalist’s eye, and inspired by both his research and his own experience with the Angel Effect during a time of great loss, Geiger creates a gripping account of a very human miracle.