Esoteric Hollywood II: Sample Section – Hollywood MK Ultra & Dr. John C. Lilly

Coming soon to mental theaters in 2018 – Esoteric Hollywood 2!

By: Jay Dyer

A Sample section of the Esoteric Hollywood Sequel.

One of the topics that has blown my mind researching for the sequel to Esoteric Hollywood is the depth to which LSD research and experiments were conducted.  There are tropes that have bounced around conspiracy circles for decades later to become memes and tropes in every pop star’s music video, to any film remotely associated with “mind control” and the assassin.  John Marks’ book has been covered many times, but to find the really shocking material one really needs to examine the many MK Ultra doctors themselves in their own public books.

In terms of some of the more prominent memes we see things like mirrors – magic mirrors, broken mirrors, etc., and in general the mirror represents the psyche and its potential fracture, self-image, and so on.  Sometimes we see a certain actor or actress continually associated with the mind control theme, like Mel Gibson or Milla Jovovich.  Hopefully I’m not reading too much into this, but we can take a film like Jovovich’s 2011 Faces in the Crowd as an example where the plot revolves around a woman who develops prosopagnosia, the disorder where one cannot recognize faces – a straightforward plot we might not associate with mind control.

Mel undergoes MK Ultra in Conspiracy Theory.

However, when we consider famed MK Ultra experimenter Dr. John C. Lilly’s unbelievable book Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer, we discover there is a mind control association with the notion of creating such disorders with various mirrors, movies and projections with test subjects in the LSD state by the handler:

“In some cases during the eight or so possible hours of the special states of consciousness achievable with the help of LSD-25, the use of visually projected images to aid in seeing the nature of one’s own defensive, evasive, and idealization mechanisms can be realized.  By means of a mirror for the careful inspection of the body in external reality (the whole body or the face alone)  it is possible to induce a special state of consciousness….An apparent defensive maneuver is the flickering images phenomena; the new images come at such a rapid rate (2 or 3 per objective second) like a slow flickering movie that one cannot inspect any image long enough to recognize its significance.  Another alleged evasion is the melting, or mosaic or distortion maneuver in which images flow in whole of plastically or are broken up into parts like a mosaic, or are parts interchanged.  The melting, mosaic or distortion of course can be programmed of itself under direct orders.  It is only considered an evasion when it is not under the control of the self.” (20-1)

Just like Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy Theory. according to Dr. Lilly the handler even has the ability to induce triggered memories and prosopagnosia in test subjects – exactly as shown in the film.  Dr. Lilly’s book is one of the most bizarre I’ve read, and much of his gobbledygook language is difficult to decipher.   However, that should not detract from the importance of his work as a mind control master.  In fact, Lilly’s madness does not end there – he is the father of dosing Flipper to create mind controlled aquatic friends.  Hilariously, the Guardian’s treatment of this topic places Lilly under “NASA,”  when it was in fact the CIA and MK Ultra evidenced by the connection with Gregory Bateson.  Note as well these lunatics were interested in quasi-bestiality based insanity that was even written up in Hustler!  Here are your “great” scientists:

“Instead, he encouraged Lovatt to press on with teaching Peter [the dolphin] English. But there was something getting in the way of the lessons. “Dolphins get sexual urges,” says the vet Andy Williamson, who looked after the animals’ health at Dolphin House. “I’m sure Peter had plenty of thoughts along those lines.”

Flipper…Day Tripper.

“Peter liked to be with me,” explains Lovatt. “He would rub himself on my knee, or my foot, or my hand. And at first I would put him downstairs with the girls,” she says. But transporting Peter downstairs proved so disruptive to the lessons that, faced with his frequent arousals, it just seemed easier for Lovatt to relieve his urges herself manually.

For Lovatt it was a precious thing, which was always carried out with great respect. “Peter was right there and he knew that I was right there,” she continues. “It wasn’t sexual on my part. Sensuous perhaps. It seemed to me that it made the bond closer. Not because of the sexual activity, but because of the lack of having to keep breaking. And that’s really all it was. I was there to get to know Peter. That was part of Peter.”

This preposterous taxpayer funded nonsense was also the basis for the 1973 film Day of the Dolphin where the CIA attempts to create LSD-mind-controlled dolphin assassins.  Yes, that was a real Lilly program.  And then comes the Hollywood connection which is interesting since a young William Hurt starred in a forgotten LSD-based MK Ultra film as a doctor inspired by Dr. Lilly, Altered States.  Of course, in Altered States Lilly isn’t abusing and dosing kids, only himself, as he attempts to regress to an ape-like primitive state before de-evolving into some form of Big Bang protoplasm!:

“For the actor Jeff Bridges, who was introduced to Lilly by his father Lloyd, Lilly’s self-experimentation with LSD was just part of who he was. “John Lilly was above all an explorer of the brain and the mind, and all those drugs that expand our consciousness,” reflects Bridges. “There weren’t too many people with his expertise and his scientific background doing that kind of work.”

In the 1960s a small selection of neuroscientists like John Lilly were licensed to research LSD by the American government, convinced that the drug had medicinal qualities that could be used to treat mental-health patients. As part of this research, the drug was sometimes injected into animals and Lilly had been using it on his dolphins since 1964, curious about the effect it would have on them.” (Ibid.)


Prior to this madness, the seeds for the 1960s “counter-culture” were flourishing in the 1950s: Uncle Sam was busy creating a gigantic CIA-funded “arts” program centering around “freedom” and liberalism.  It is crucial to understand the entire liberation notion, associated with the “good” West was anything but an independent movement, operating organically and free from the state.  In fact, the CIA even noted this, as Frances Stoner Saunders notes in The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters:

“[Allen] Dulles understood the success of America’s Cold War programme depended on its ability to ‘appear independent from government, to seem to represent the spontaneous convictions of freedom loving individuals.’  For this aspect alone the National Committee for a Free Europe, Inc., serves as the paradigm for the CIA-led ‘corporatization’ of the foreign policy machinery of the Cold War period….[T]he National

Saunders’ book.

Committee for a Free Europe boasted a membership which read like a Who’s Who in America.  Interconnectedness was vital…There was Lucius Clay, who was as High Commissioner in Germany had given the greenlight to Der Montat; Gardner Cowles, president of the Cowles Publishing Group and a trustee of the Fairfield Foundation; Henry Ford II, president of General Motors; Oveta Culp Hobby, a Museum of Modern Art trustee who allowed several family foundations to be used as CIA conduits; the Cold War Cardinal, Francis Spellman; C.D. Jackson, psychological warfare veteran and Time Life, Inc. executive; John C. Hughes, US Ambassador to NATO; Junkie Flieschmann; Arthur Schlessinger; Cecil B. DeMille; Spyros Skouras; Daryl Zanuck; and Dwith D. Eisenhower.”

Just as the CIA and Rockefellers were busy with culture creation, they were also fine with supporting the criminal “science” of Alfred Kinsey, there were no qualms with experimenting on individuals with mind-destroying chemicals like LSD, despite the many champions of drug liberation in the alt-media sphere.   Another trope associated with mind control Lilly confirms is the power of trauma-based mind control.  Skeptics find this difficult to accept, since it flies in the face of denials of the potentials of human depravity – surely no “scientist” would engage in the intentional manipulation of children or individuals by using trauma to fracture the psyche and create memories, worldview, etc.  However, Lilly himself affirms this as he dosed children and used isolation tanks:

“In the child, automatic metaprogramming implantation (or externally forced metaprogramming) persisting as metaprograms below the levels of awareness in the adult, can be controlling for the later adult programs, adult thinking and adult behavior.  Energy can be taken from some of these automatic metaprograms and transferred to the self-metaprogram with special techniques and special central states, chemically evoked.” (Ibid., 126-7)

In fact, with Dr. Lilly we have an early positing of the connection of MK Ultra and artificial intelligence – as I wrote about in my first book.  With Dr. Lilly, the human mind itself is merely a biological computer that could be altered, de-patterned, reprogrammed and modified at will by a handler, and thus an equally complex non-biological computer could also be reconstructed.  Once again we see MK Ultra directly connects to trans humanism, and once again Hollywood has admitted as much in films like Conspiracy Theory, Altered States and Faces in the Crowd.  Far from MK Ultra being a fringe operation, it is everything – the holy grail of manipulating both man’s inner world of psyche (as Lilly discusses at length), as well as the alteration os man’s mirrored external world through techne and A.I.  Perhaps seemingly-absurd pop film franchises like Resident Evil aren’t that far off from reality.

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