The Mind of the Dolphin: A Nonhuman Intelligence

The Mind of the Dolphin: A Nonhuman Intelligence

by John Cunningham Lilly MD, John C. Lilly MD

Paperback(Expanded edition)



In this Consciousness Classic dating from 1967, Dr. John C. Lilly details the discoveries of his research regarding the abilities of dolphins, current ideas (at that time) about their intellect, and the paradoxes of interspecies communication. The book includes a detailed account of the experiment carried out by Dr. Lilly of having a dolphin and human live together in a specially designed house, and this expanded edition includes black-and-white photo plates and additional articles and writings from Dr. Lilly on dolphins as well as other scientific subjects. This is the book that launched a subculture seeking human–dolphin interaction. Although some of Lilly’s findings on dolphin communication have now been refuted, Dr. Lilly’s willingness to delve into areas not documented in the scientific literature is still an important scientific achievement and a cultural model for younger generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895561190
Publisher: Gateways Books & Tapes
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Series: Consciousness Classics Series
Edition description: Expanded edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

John Cunningham Lilly, MD, was an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, and inventor. He is the author of many books, including The Center of the Cyclone, The Deep Self, Programming the Human Biocomputer, The Scientist, Simulations of God, and Tanks for the Memories. His research on human–dolphin communication and consciousness-expanding drugs were the inspiration for the films Altered States and Day of the Dolphin.

Table of Contents

Dedication (1967 Edition) iv

Acknowledgments (2015 Edition) Philip Hansen Bailey v

Foreword Margaret Howe Lovatt viii

Preface Dr. C. Scott Taylor xi

Preface Dr. Michael Hyson xviii

Author's Preface (1967 Edition) xxvi

Chapter 1 Mental Health and Communication 1

Chapter 2 The Importance of Interspecies Communication 39

Chapter 3 Differences Between the Communication of Man and of Dolphin 61

Chapter 4 Communication Is Between Minds 99

Chapter 5 The Mind of the Dolphin 118

Chapter 6 New Findings: Double Phonation and Stereophonation 137

Chapter 7 Consideration of the Spiritual Side 157

Chapter 8 The Medical Problems of Dolphins and Man 177

Chapter 9 Vocal Mimicry: A Key to and First Stage of Communication 190

Chapter 10 Living with a Dolphin: Learning the Way 216

Chapter 11 Living with a Dolphin: Seven Days and Nights with Pam 242

Chapter 12 Program for a 21/2 Months' Preliminary Experiment: Living with Peter Dolphin in a Special Facility 250

Chapter 13 Observations and Thoughts on Four Weeks' Experiences 266

Chapter 14 Who Teaches Whom What: Mutual Trust 274

Chapter 15 Vocal Exchanges Between Margaret and Peter 285

Chapter 16 Conclusions About Living with a Dolphin 296

Epilogue: General Bibliography - General & Selected 303

Acknowledgments (1967 Edition) 309

Afterword Roberta Goodman 311


1 Modern Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises, as Challenges to Our Intelligence John C. Lilly 314

2 Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence John C. Lilly 314

3 Origins of Dolphins and of Men John C. Lilly 332

4 Introduction from Lilly on Dolphins (1975) John C. Lilly 338

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