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John C. Lilly
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    (January 6, 1915-September 30, 2001)
    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Physician and psychoanalyst
    Developed the sensory deprivation tank
    Studied human consciousness and dolphin communication
    Wrote 'Man and Dolphin' (1962), 'The Mind of the Dolphin' (1967), 'The Center of the Cyclone' (1973), 'Simulations of God: The Science of Belief' (1975) and 'The Deep Self' (1976)
    After the 60s, most of his 'research' consisted of taking drugs and then either getting into an isolation tank or swimming with dolphins.
    He claimed to have tripped on ketamine for 100 straight days and nights.
    He nearly killed himself in accidents while high at least three times.
    He urged the UN to include a representative from the 'Cetacean Nation.'
    He was prone to New-Agey pronouncements like 'I experienced myself as melded and intertwined with hundreds of billions of other beings in a thin sheet of consciousness that was distributed around the galaxy.'
    He performed pioneering work in neuroscience.
    He helped inspire passage of the Marine Mammals Protection Act (1972).
    He said he hoped hunting of whales and dolphins would stop 'not from a law being passed but from each human understanding innately that these are ancient, sentient earth residents, with tremendous intelligence and enormous life force.'
    The New York Times said he combined 'the showmanship of P. T. Barnum with the infectious zeal of Jacques Cousteau.'
    He inspired characters in the movies 'The Day of the Dolphin' and 'Altered States,' the TV series 'Seaquest DSV' and the Douglas Adams novel 'So Long and Thanks for All the Fish.'

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