Pull up a chair, Beatles fans, I have a story for you, a story about politics, pot, and rock and roll, starring John Lennon and Timothy Leary. IT'S A GOOD ONE.
Between 1961 and 1963 a group of inmates at the Concord Prison were treated with a combination of therapy and psilocybin - a drug derived from psychedelic mushrooms. They had a much lower recidivism rate. Or so we thought.
Counterculture icon Timothy Leary was a longtime advocate of drug use as a way to expand minds. "Turn on, tune in, drop out," became one of his most popular phrases in the 1960s. But in 1987 Leary predicted that people of the 21st century wouldn't need "old fashioned" drugs anymore. Instead, we'd all be using "brain…
Timothy Leary is one of the most famous 1960s icons, both for his advocacy of LSD, and his visions of a future where humanity is liberated from outdated morality. And now, you can learn about the man's inner life in a fascinating new biography written by R.U. Sirius — free online.
In his 1977 book Exo-Psychology, psychologist and psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary revealed his eight-circuit model of consciousness, his theory about the workings of the human mind and the future neurological "circuits" that humanity might someday access and utilize in our travels beyond Earth. In 1979, the…
Science is a dangerous business, full of risky propositions and strange experiments. And sometimes, scientists wind up going to jail for their pains. Some of them for the integrity of science, and some for far more sordid reasons.
And now, something completely different. Commenting gladiator LightningLouie has alerted us to this downright amazing promotional video from the late Eighties that was filmed to sell potential investors on a Neuromancer movie. This is the godhead of weird ephemera.
While Dr. Leary was fairly entranced by computers and cyberculture in the '90s—what stoner wasn't?—I hardly think he meant "turn on, tune in, drop out" to be used to sell consumer market research services. Shameful. [via press release]