The Big Black Book

The Big Black BookBecome Who You Are

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Pages:424 pages


Most sections of The Big Black Book were written by Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D. along with his friends and colleagues between 2003 and 2008 and were originally published as individual booklets. Now the entire series has been collected into this single volume. But what is The Big Black Book about? The sections include:

  • Part I: Principles of Extreme Living
  • Part II: Extreme: The Twisted Man
  • Part III: Galt’s Ark — The Black Symphony
  • Part IV: Breaking Free
  • Part V: A Day at the Zoo
  • Part VI: The Yoga of Hate
  • Part VII: Omega, Cirque Apokálypsis

Little more can be said lest we give away its intent and reduce its impact.

Read an Excerpt


by Nicholas Tharcher

When Dr. Hyatt first proposed The Black Books circa 2002, I thought it a brilliant idea. He has always been an "elitist"—though it continues to amaze me that many readers of his books cannot seem to get that simple fact through their heads—and this would be a great opportunity to publish more of his most radical ideas. (The first five sections of this Big Black Book were written between 2003 and 2008 and originally published as six booklets so each part could be released as it was finished. (Black Book Volume III, Galt’s Ark—The Black Symphony was published in two parts.) Black Book Omega: Cirque Apokálypsis was created by Joseph Matheny in 2009, a year after Hyatt’s death. Black Book Volume VI: The Yoga of Hate was written in 2007, but was not released until 2015.) Dr. Hyatt was always interested in that small percentage of homo sapiens at the extreme ends of the bell-shaped curve—certainly, those who have already accomplished something notable with their lives; but even more, those who have the potential to be independent and truly free humans, despite having been damaged by the rigors of living in the insane world of homo normalis—those who recognize that their lives are their own to do with as they will, and do not whine about how much the world "owes them." (And as clearly as he has said so in numerous books, it’s astonishing how many people have written to him demanding that he provide help simply because...) So, if you are one of those who are still looking for that big tit in the sky, who believe that you have a claim on others just "because," get this straight: YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE!

Become who you are—
There are no guarantees

If you are a "Mutant"—as Dr. Hyatt refers to that small percentage of humanoids who appear to have a working brain—hopefully you’ve figured out the nature and purpose of The Black Book and the Extreme Individual Institute. (On the other hand, if you’re a Mute or an Anti-Mutant—as are the vast majority of the humanoids on this wretched planet—what the hell are you doing here? You’re wasting your time—and ours.)

Part I:
Principles of Extreme Living

by Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D.

Death is an Absolute,
Life is Conditional

All too many people are corks on the sea of life. They don’t live life, they are lived by life.

The Extreme Individual Institute is dedicated to the proposition that many people can become creations of their own will for life.

Look at young children: they live life in wonder, excitement and joy. Our initial wonder, excitement and joy is defiled by parents and teachers.

The giggle must become the polite laugh, the fun must be only when appropriate, the spontaneity must be torn from our breast. Joy is replaced by drudgery and individuality surrendered to the social collective. Thus is life passed in stupidity.

As adults we cannot begin anew, but we can take a solemn oath to recapture as much as possible of that joy, wonder and power we were born with.

To exist is easy—to live is an accomplishment.

We dedicate this book to the those among you who are willing to live the full life.

We invite you to join with us in a journey into the wonder of life. To those we say: seas however high and a bountiful journey.

Become who you are—
There are no guarantees

The First and Only Commandment

First and foremost seek your own welfare—your own enlightenment.

This Is It!

Most people don’t think, they simply repeat what they have been told. They substitute belief for argument and prejudice for thinking. Accept nothing that someone tells you unless it is provable—most people don’t think—they have random thoughts and live like zombies.

All assertions of infallible knowledge are false. Your own knowledge is your only guide—you need no one’s permission to be stupid or smart.

In fact, there is no one to give you permission. The first great error is believing there is someone who can.

There is no one to protect and preserve you—simply no one.

And if you don’t want to follow this commandment, there is no one who cares.

Life is all too short when it is enjoyed; life is all too long when it is suffered.

Keep in mind that what we are presenting is not for hair-splitters; that means psychoanalytical institutes or castrated

academics who need to consult the oracle before they can make a move... We are writing for people of action who do not require 100% proofs or guarantees.

The Four Noble Truths

All is stupidity...

The cause of stupidity is the structure of the human brain... It is the brain of the slave and not that of a self-determined being. Human beings are their own enemies.

The cure is brain-change willed.

If you are capable—stand above and beyond the outcry of the fool. Just say no—to stupidity.

The method is the eight-fold path.

The Eight-Fold Path

Right Understanding

Do no harm to anyone unless it is necessary—it is dirty work and time consuming—be swift—Annihilate Karma.

Do not steal from others, Teach them to give you what you want.

Sex is pleasurable—however it has been turned into sorrow. Lust is the result of culture and childhood. Lust is not proof of your value. It is proof of your being owned.

Do not lie unless it is beneficial to you.

Do not make up stories—unless you can sell them.

Do not use mean language—unless it is called for…and then be devastating.

Do not say more than is necessary—unless you are being paid.

Do not preoccupy yourself with other’s toys unless you can convince them to give them to you.

Do not bear ill will—just do it and get it over with.

Avoid wrong views such as altruism and collective religion. All that keeps you safe is you—your wishes will not save you, only reality can do that.

Right Mindedness

Avoid all obsessions.

Anxiety is a tool for learning about your own weakness.

Guilt is the acid of life—if you think you are guilty of something either correct it or forget it.

Don’t harbor thoughts of ill will. Do them or drop them.

Do not obsess over thoughts of revenge; just take your revenge when the time is right.

Keep away from life wasters—cultivate yourself.

Right Speech

Avoid lying unless it is to your advantage and you will not get caught.

Avoid making up stories about yourself or others unless they increase your power.

Be gentle and kind until it is time to be mean—and then strike with no mercy.

Avoid mindless talk. Be mindful of your words and note their effects.

Right Action

Be sympathetic concerning the welfare of others as long as it benefits you. Do no harm unless absolutely necessary—then be a vampire. This requires patience and skill.

Take nothing from anyone, let them give it to you... Put them in your debt… Only take if you have been taken and then take everything.

Avoid sexual relations with idiots, morons and the severely emotionally disturbed. If you do not abstain, disappear as quickly as possible. Do not get emotionally involved with them.

You are better off masturbating... Most relationships are simply diversions from facing the void.

In order to say "I love you" you must first have an "I." Few do.

Always act like you are a person on an expense account.

Right Living

Discipline your life.

Go above and beyond the smiling, sneering monkey called your neighbor.

Keep your Honor and your integrity—keep clean—avoid clutter.

Avoid owning useless things.

Set your own goals and then go after them. Goals are chosen. Use them to serve you and do not become the slave of your goals. When conditions change, your goals can also change.

Eat right, exercise, keep away from losers.

Right Effort

Avoid stupid people and ideas… If an idea doesn’t make sense, throw it out. If a technique doesn’t work, flush it.

Overcome failure and mistakes. Cut your losses—learn without self abuse.

Maintain your status but be subtle. Make yourself into a piece of art, but do not be ostentatious… Do not lower yourself for anyone or anything unless there is a great gain.

Loyalty to yourself is essential. Loyalty to a profession, a job, a company or a teacher is secondary.

Right Attentiveness

Attend to your body.

Attend to your feelings.

Attend to your mind.

Attend to your surroundings.

Attend to your benefit.

Set and seek your own goals.

Attend to your own enjoyment. If others also enjoy, that is a benefit; but your own enjoyment and gain is the objective.

Right Concentration

Stay focused on your goals.

Do not get lost in possessiveness—learn to let go of junk. Sell it at a profit or sell it at a loss, but don’t stay on a train going in the wrong direction.

Treat life like a poker game. Luck only counts when it is mixed with the utmost focus and skill.

An unfocused thought is a contradiction in terms.

Death is defined as brain death. If you are not thinking clearly, you are the walking dead, a zombie.

But Just in Case You Missed the Point

In the face of death, decay and disease, we quote Silenus: "What is best for human beings is utterly unattainable: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. But the second best is to die soon."

If you are reading this we offer our condolences and our best wishes for a successful future.

But you are here—now—so—

Live life as a journey of personal pleasure. When it is time for it to end you should be able to look back with a smile. If you know that you are to die one hour from now and you can not review your life with pride and satisfaction, then you have changes to make. No choice is without cost, but the highest cost is to "live" a meaningless life.

Become who you are—
There are no guarantees

Editorial Reviews

Most books of this kind are in the business of offering consolation. The Black Book does not. It is relentless in its message of challenge and yet more challenge. The work of liberty often relies on one small change of mind or attitude to effect big changes. The Big Black Book raises your chance of making that change.

Michael Clark Mandrake Speaks

No Vampire could put this book down.

Count Dracula

The more error, the more freedom.

C.S. Hyatt

I've never seen so much common sense packed into a single book, and I am putting it to work immediately.


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About the Authors

Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D.

Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D. was trained in psycho-physiology and clinical psychology. As a research scientist he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and was a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto and the University of Southern California. He fled the world of academia and state sponsored psychology to become an explorer of the human mind... creating such devices as the Radical Undoing Series. He is now a world-famous author of a wide variety of books, CDs, and DVDs on post-modern psychology, sex, tantra, kundalini and mysticism... and an advocate of brain exploration.