Philip K. Dick—The Penultimate Truth

by lizard

Philip K. Dick has had a profound impact on me. Most will be familiar with the movies made from his stories, like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. But Philip K. Dick is more than just a science fiction writer. I consider him one of the most important philosophical minds of the latter half of the 20th century.

And if you’re curious why I think that, then you should watch Philip K. Dick—The Penultimate Truth.


  1. Turner

    I went through as much of this video as I could. I’m not sure what’s supposed to be impressive about it or Mr. Dick. Also, I’m puzzled by the title. Penultimate Truth. It seems to mean “next-to-last truth.” What does that mean?

    • lizard19

      Dick’s experience in March 1974 was something he spent the rest of his life trying to understand, and he used a sort of hybrid fiction/memoir form of storytelling to do it. Dick is the writer who introduced me to Gnosticism and validated my own suspicion about the nature of reality.

      ultimately there are no answers to the questions Dick was asking; the final truth is always elusive, hence penultimate.

  2. Steve W

    Thanks for this, Lizard. I discovered the works of Phil Dick in the late 1970’s and he has been one of my two favorite writers since then, the other being Mark Twain.

    I discovered an interesting hypothesis concerning Phil Dick and his pink beam of light while i was reading The Ibogaine Story.

    Chapter 12 involves Phil Dick but i recommend reading the story from the beginning. It’s a good read and it’s got some potentially earth changing info in it.

    • lizard19

      interesting, I appreciate the link.

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