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Timothy Leary

Data de nascimento: 22. Outubro 1920
Data de falecimento: 31. Maio 1996

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Timothy Francis Leary, Ph.D. , professor de Harvard, psicólogo, neurocientista, escritor, futurista, ícone maior dos anos 1960, ficou famoso como um proponente dos benefícios terapêuticos e espirituais do LSD. De fato, o Professor Leary defendia os benefícios desta substância psicodélica como o substructio do progresso humano.

Amigo pessoal de John Lennon - a música "Come Together" dos Beatles é inspirada em Timothy Leary, e, no vídeo de "Give Peace A Chance", pode-se ver o professor e a sua mulher de toda a vida, Barbara, junto à cama onde John Lennon protagonizou este hino de liberdade. Na letra dessa mesma canção pode-se ouvir, na 3ª estrofe: "Everybody is talking about John and Yoko, Timmy Leary…", tal era a notoriedade deste eminente académico na época.

Timothy Leary foi expulso de Harvard depois de ter promovido uma experiência psicotrópica com uma turma inteira de estudantes de psicologia . Mais tarde, a administração de Nixon fez do Professor Leary um bode expiatório no seu ataque reaccionário e conservador à contracultura que florescia nesse período, enviando-o para a prisão pela sua veemente posição contra a proibição do LSD.

Nos anos 1980, fascinado pelos computadores, Leary dedicou-se a este novo mundo, com imenso sucesso. Criou softwares de design, continuou a escrever livros e a fazer conferências. Embora o seu tópico principal fosse agora a tecnologia, ele ainda era reconhecido como o guru do LSD dos anos 1960.

Citações Timothy Leary

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„You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.“

— Timothy Leary
As quoted in Office Yoga : Simple Stretches for Busy People (2000) by Darrin Zeer, p. 52

„Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.“

— Timothy Leary
As quoted in Third and Possibly the Best 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1987) by Robert Byrne, #40

„He's basically a romantic comedian.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: He's basically a romantic comedian. …. He was a government agent entering our bedroom at midnight. We had every right to shoot him. But I've never owned a weapon in my life, and I have no intention of owning a weapon, although I was a master sharpshooter at West Point on both the Garand, the Springfield rifle and the machine-gun. I was a howitzer expert. I know how to operate these lethal gadgets but I have never had and never will have a gun around. Commenting on G. Gordon Liddy‎‎'s 1994 remarks on shooting intruding ATF agents, and a 1966 raid by Liddy in which Leary had been arrested, in "Timothy Leary Revisited" a 1995 interview, in Paul Krassner's Impolite Interviews (1999) by Paul Krassner, p. 304

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„Don't take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don't take it unless you have someone that's very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don't take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed“

— Timothy Leary
Context: We always have urged people: Don't take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don't take it unless you have someone that's very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don't take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed, because you're gonna be a different person, and you should be ready to face this possibility. CBC Documentary: How To Go Out of Your Mind: The LSD Crisis (1966)

„To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist. The old distinction between artists and scientists must vanish. Every time we teach a child correct usage of an external symbol, we must spend as much time teaching him how to fission and reassemble external grammar to communicate the internal. The training of artists and creative performers can be a straightforward, almost mechanical process. When you teach someone how to perform creatively (ie, associate dead symbols in new combinations), you expand his potential for experiencing more widely and richly. Changing My Mind, Among Others : Lifetime Writings (1982), p. 76; also in Change Your Brain (2000), p. 72

„Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim. The Christians say "you are a sinner", and you better just zip up your trousers and give the money to the pope and we'll give you a room up in the hotel in the sky. Timothy Leary's Last Trip (1997)

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„While sitting in my prison cell, I was astonished to hear the local rock station play a new song by the Beatles entitled "Come Together." Although the new version was certainly a musical and lyrical improvement on my campaign song, I was a bit miffed that Lennon had passed me over this way.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: While sitting in my prison cell, I was astonished to hear the local rock station play a new song by the Beatles entitled "Come Together." Although the new version was certainly a musical and lyrical improvement on my campaign song, I was a bit miffed that Lennon had passed me over this way. (I must explain that even the most good-natured persons tend to be a bit touchy about social neglect while in prison). When I sent a mild protest to John, he replied with typical Lennon charm and wit: that he was a tailor and I was a customer who had ordered a suit and never returned. So he sold it to someone else. p. 388

„When you teach someone how to perform creatively (ie, associate dead symbols in new combinations), you expand his potential for experiencing more widely and richly.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist. The old distinction between artists and scientists must vanish. Every time we teach a child correct usage of an external symbol, we must spend as much time teaching him how to fission and reassemble external grammar to communicate the internal. The training of artists and creative performers can be a straightforward, almost mechanical process. When you teach someone how to perform creatively (ie, associate dead symbols in new combinations), you expand his potential for experiencing more widely and richly. Changing My Mind, Among Others : Lifetime Writings (1982), p. 76; also in Change Your Brain (2000), p. 72

„The only control is self-control.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: The only abuse of drugs is the control of drugs by other people.... The only control is self-control.

„Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key — it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.“

— Timothy Leary
Context: A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key — it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures. The Psychedelic Experience (1995)

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