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Podcast 155 – “Some Thoughts About Change (1945-1985)”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

Dr. Timothy Leary“As you well-know, I never wanted any credibility. I’m more concerned with incredibility.”

“I believe in change. I’m a change agent. I want to keep changing myself. … Change is going to be the norm from now on, and we’re not changing from A to B, we’re changing in an explosive, multi-directional way.”

“Yeah, there are forces which slow down change. Certainly, you are aware of the fact that every educational institution, from first grade up to the high altitude of The College of Marin, every institution that’s supported by taxpayers and administered by politicians is carefully designed to keep young people serenely and productively stupid.”

“It’s necessary to have the conservatives, but it’s also necessary to have the mutants, the migrants, and the people with new ideas.”

The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer“It’s always the intelligent that move. It’s always the intelligent that migrate, because it’s simply smarter to move out than to stay back in the village and quarrel over cobblestone streets and neighborhood territory. Quarreling over territory is lower mammalian and lower primate [behavior], and it’s the smart, the evolutionary people who always move out.”

“Now they say that there was a counter-culture [in the Sixties]. There was no counter culture. This was a left-wing, partisan statement. There were 100 counter-cultures. There were as many counter-cultures as there were groups of friends and lovers meeting together to look into each others’ eyes and smile. That’s the point of the Sixties, there was not one orthodoxy being replaced by another orthodoxy. … You make your own world. Don’t blame your parents and don’t blame society. Figure it out for yourself.”

“You would not have had the drug culture movement of the Sixties if you did not have the do-it-yourself psychology movement of the Fifties.”

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The Coalessence Festival

(October 3, 4, 5, 2008)

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Dr. Timothy Leary in WikiPedia.org

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana

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Podcast 153 – “Consciousness Change and the 8-Circuit Model”

Guest speaker: Robert Anton Wilson

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[NOTE: All quotations below are by Robert Anton Wilson.]

“Every evaluation is an evaluation of the organism as a whole, because the nervous system interlocks with the immunological system, and the endocrine system, and the neuro-muscular system and so on. So every evaluation you make is an evaluation of your whole body, and separating it into mind and body is a fictitious dichotomy. It’s a synergistic process.”

Robert Anton Wilson on the cover of Time Magazine“What the front brain knows does not control you at all. It just thinks it does.”

“The idea of reality as a singular noun doesn’t make any sense to me at all any more.”

“Everybody has their own neurological reality-tunnel, which is why we misunderstand one another so often, and why we misjudge one another so profoundly.”

“I don’t think there’s a single drug, psychedelic, antibiotic, aspirin, or anything you can name that has the same effect on two people. People have to find out for themselves which drugs are safe for them.”

“Among the drugs that are currently controversial, that is to say illegal, I would say marijuana is the safest.”

“I think the dangers of LSD have been overstated to an incredible extent.”

“Most problems exist because the verbal form you put them in creates the problem.”

“So what you experience tomorrow, if it entirely fits your beliefs today, it’s because you’re not paying attention.”

“Every child is intensely curious until they get to school, and the function of school is to kill the curiosity by telling them there is one correct answer, and we know it already, and don’t do any thinking of your own.”

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The C-Realm with KMO

The Cannabis Podcast Network
The Dopecast with the Dopefiend
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BB’s Bungalow
Pothead’s Coffee Shop

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Shrink Rap Radio with Dr. Dave

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Podcast 152 – “Question Authority and Think for Yourself”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

“When I say think for yourself, I don’t mean think selfishly for yourself. I mean think independently.”

“If you’re going to think for yourself, you gotta learn to think clearly.”

Leo Plaw's "Ape to Angel"“The person who thinks for herself or himself has to have a sense of humility, and of modesty, and of relativity because you have to realize that I’m thinking for myself, but hopefully you are too, and you’re bound to come out with something a little different from me. So there has to be an ability to listen, compassion, plus the modesty. No matter how smart we are there’s a lot we aren’t going to be able to figure out tonight.”

“I’m glad we’re laughing together because that’s a key. A sense of humor is the key. … That ability to laugh together certainly goes along with the ability to think together.”

“Any time you introduce a new technology of thought processing, or of thought communication, you change everything else.”

[Speaking about the biblical Eve] “I’m really pleased that the first member of my species was a woman who had the courage to stand up on her feet and think for herself.”

“The idea that any human being should be forced by economics, forced to do work that can be done better by a machine or a computer is totally humiliating to any concept of our human dignity and worth.”

“Now in the Industrial Age, a good person was someone who was prompt, reliable, dependable, productive, efficient, and replaceable.”

“It’s always the artists, by the way, I think. The artists, and the entertainers, and the writers, and the musicians whose job it is to prepare society, to become a comfortable way for changes that otherwise would be too frightening.”

“The point of the 20th century, you can argue, is to get us to accept knowledge, processing, and reality on screens.”

“To me, a computer is a thought processor.”

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A case in defense of Salvia divinorum

Mythic Imagination

Fred Johnson and Michael Meade

Johnson sings an introduction for Ari Berk

“What Was Said to the Rose”

Mythic Journeys (preview trailer)

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Podcast 145 – “Leary-Live at the Inside Edge”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

Dr. Timothy Leary - Is there a life after youth?“For as long as I can remember I have been influenced by a role model who has guided me through my navigation of this amazing life. I am a great follower of Socrates.”

“Corrupting the minds of the young is a difficult job, god knows it’s ill-paid, somebody has to do it.”

“I do feel this is a wonderful time for change-agents to be alive.”

“I ended up growing up thinking that everybody was like me, and that is, obviously, a mistake.”

“As soon as you belong to a system where you’re not known individually, and where you don’t know, individually, the other people, you are by definition depersonalizing yourself, a robot cog of the Big Machine.”

“This [1946] was the peak of the industrial age, and the aim of psychology was to help people be ‘adjusted’. Remember? If you were well-adjusted that was it. And the worst thing you could say was someone was maladjusted, which means they were thinking for themselves.

“I see Ram Das two or three times a year. He comes by my house and we split a bottle of wine or a six-pack and have a joint or two.”

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Podcast 142 – “The Creation of the Future”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

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[NOTE: All quotations below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

“The key thing about the human species is this: That we have not committed ourselves to an over-specialized adult form.”

“The more power you give to the young of your species, the sooner you give that power to them, the faster your species is going to grow, the farther your gene pool is going to move into the future, and of course it goes without saying, the key to everything, the more growth in the individual will result.”

“The future belongs to those who see the future.”

“The smarter you are, the higher you want to be, that’s obvious.”

“The key to the sixties, as we see it now, was a period of self-discovery, of self-indulgence, and the refusal to accept the adult-hive over-specialized models.”

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Could an Acid Trip Cure Your OCD? (Discover Magazine)


Image from the Mayan Vindo Codex and a restored version by Higinio

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Podcast 137 – “Creation of the Future”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: The following quotes are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

“When the big quake comes, be on the California side!”

Lorenzo and a couple of treasures from the Timothy Leary archive.“So the concept that developed at Harvard, then at Millbrook, and later it seemed to have moved out to other places, was the concept of serial imprinting. That for thousands of years the smartest women and men have known that through manipulating your nervous system by getting high in any way that you can you can suspend the old imprints and have a chance to start a new reality.”

“Your theory of evolution is the key to your own personal development, or your understanding of what’s happening around you. . . . Your theory of evolution determines, really, what kind of a life you’re going to lead.”

“Evolution is not accidental.”

“Every time you put your tongue in the mouth of a loved one, or vice versa, you are exchanging more information in one second than all the Libraries of Congress in history.”

“You either believe in nothing whatsoever than chance, or you’re going to believe in a biological intelligence which knows that she’s doing.”

“The point here is, if you’re going to feel ’synced’ you’ve got to be in a place where there are people who share your reality.”

“The way evolution works is this, evolution never tries to change grown ups. . . . Look in the dictionary for the word ‘adult’. You’ll find the word ‘adult’ is the past participle of the word ‘to grow’.”

“We didn’t grow from the apes. We refused to become apes.”

Death mask of Dr. Timothy Leary“What happened in the 1960s was this, the time had come to avoid terminal adulthood. . . . A generation of young people simply refused to buy the adult image, the adult model.”

“One of the messages that I have right now, the message is this: I don’t advocate anything, but I urge you to think it over. I urge you at all costs to avoid terminal adulthood.”

“When you look at a map that has got those hours, those meridians, those aren’t hours, those are centuries.”

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Podcast 133 – “The Cyber Society”

Guest speakers: Dr. Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver

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[NOTE: The following quotes are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

“We know that typically the real changes in human nature, the changes in human politics and economics and society, are brought about by two things: By people who have a map or a vision or a model of where we’re going to go, these are the philosophers. And then the technicians, the people who get together the printing presses, or the compasses, or the high technology that can take us where we want to go.”

Dr. Timothy Leary -- Photo source: Wikipedia.org -- Date: 1989“Viewed in the 1930s, when Einstein came to America, he was considered as far out as a crack dealer.”

“Heisenberg taught us to take the universe very personally … in both senses of the word.”

“So who? Who’s gonna prepare a civilization of factory workers and farmers and people who haven’t even got the Model T Ford yet? Who’s gonna prepare them for an Einsteinian, relativistic, quantum physical, ever-changing, probabilistic universe? Who? Well you know who you can count on at every time in human history when we had to make a big philosophic lurch forward. Who always came to the front and saved the day and made us feel happy and comfortable with a new future? I’m talking about those friends of ours who have always been around when we needed them, the musicians, and the artists, and the poets, and the writers, and the bards, and the performers, and the storytellers, and, OK, the minstrels, the rock n’ rollers. Right! The actors, the script writers.”

“The whole 20th Century, to me, is the story of how artists and writers prepared us to be comfortable in a quantum-physical world.”

“We’re talking about a generation of people who, since the time they were born, have been inundate by data, electronic data. To the Baby Boomers and subsequent generations electronic data is the ocean they swim in.”

“Of course, everybody got down on the poor doctor [Benjamin Spock]. He was blamed for the excesses of the sixties, ha ha. I was glad to have him get blamed otherwise I would have gotten blamed.”

“The psychedelic pudding hit the fan in the sixties when the Spock kids hit high school and college, and they wanted a gourmet education, and they wanted connoisseur sex. … Gee, we said you’re the best, but we didn’t realize that you guys would take us seriously.”

Eldrige Cleaver - Photo source: Wikipedia.org“The Cyber Society is a society made up of individuals who think for themselves, linked up with other individuals who think for themselves.”

“The Sixties were the adolescence of the Baby Boom.”

Following the talk by Dr. Leary I play a short personal message from Eldrige Cleaverto Timothy Leary that was recorded on January 7, 1995. The message Cleaver was so intensely trying to convey to his friend, Tim Leary, was that he believed it was imperative that the U.S. elect a woman president in the year 2000. Unfortunately, neither of these two important historical figures are alive today, and thus we can only speculate as to what they would think about the state of affairs in 2008.

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Flashbacks: An Autobiography by Timothy Leary“Flashbacks: An Autobiography”by Timothy Leary

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Podcast 130 – Timothy Leary 1966 Radio Interview

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotes below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

Dr. Timothy Leary at his home in Berkeley, CA - June 17, 1968“Psychedelic drugs are to the human mind today what the discovery of the microscope was to medicine and biological science three or four hundred years ago. Psychedelic drugs expand and speed up consciousness. They are going to bring about a tremendous change in our society, in our view of man and our way of life in the future.”

“When you take LSD you do go on a trip. It’s a voyage. It’s the most ancient voyage that man has ever known, the one beyond your mind and your current tribal situation into the incredible possibilities which lie inside. So it’s a fair statement to say an LSD voyage is a trip.”

“A chemical age is going to have a chemical sacrament.”

“Every great breakthrough in religion and science has always involved a new method of bringing into consciousness what you couldn’t see before, the telescope, the microscope. And you remember, the fellow that developed the telescope back in Florence a few hundred years ago got into the same sort of trouble with society that we’re in today. Any new instrument which opens up consciousness threatens the establishment.”

“It takes a long time to learn to use LSD. It’s no shortcut. It’s no instant mysticism. It’s no instant psychoanalysis. It’s tough, hard work.”

“Stay away from it unless you’re willing to take LSD in a state of grace for serious and important purposes.”

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Podcast 127 – Leary: “The Cooper Union Speech”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

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[NOTE: All quotes below are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

The first psychedelic art poster -- advertising Tim Leary's Cooper Union speech“You have to go out of your mind to use your head.”

“Now, in taking this eccentric position, of taking the brain seriously, you run the risk of getting out of touch with your professional colloquies.”

“Now from the standpoint of the strategy of the genetic material, every living species is simply a creative solution to a packaging problem.”

“This [early imprinting of young ducklings on orange basketballs instead of mother ducks] is both funny and tragic, because it raises the question, in the case of the human being, what accidental orange basketball have you and I been exposed to early in life?”

“At times it seems to us that one of the functions of the mind is to rationalize and protect an accidental early imprint.”

“We suggest that psychedelic drugs may be seen as chemical agents which temporarily suspend your old imprints.”

“The thing which excites us these days is the corollary concept of psychedelic RE-imprinting.”

“I think that anyone who doesn’t experience, at some moment during their psychedelic sessions, and intense awe-full fear has been cheated by their psychiatrist or their bootlegger.”

“LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever known to man.”

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Podcast 098 – “Psychedelic Research in the 1960s” (Part 2)

Guest speaker: Gary Fisher

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(Minutes : Seconds into program)
04:20 Gary tells about his encounter with an extraterrestrial.

07:11 Stories of another encounter with otherworldly entities, this time in the desert.

09:40 The story about a man who always longed for a UFO experience.

11:36 Gary tells why he thinks extraterrestrials are visiting the Earth.

14:33 Gary tells the story of when Timothy Leary was driving him to their compound in Mexico, and Gary suddenly had an intuition that reflected back to both a psilocybin experience and a past life experience.

17:07 Gary Fisher: “In the esoteric world those are called ’sleeping karmas’, and you’ll run into a person who’s happy all the time, everything goes well for them. They don’t have any hysterics in their life, and they’re having sleeping karma. They just come in to relax.”

18:15 Gary tells the story of his Caribbean adventure with Tim Leary and company.

26:55 Beginning of a discussion about Alan Watts and the time he went to Mexico for a psychedelic mushroom session with Maria Sabina and ended up getting married to Mary Jane on the spur of the moment.

29:46 Gary Fisher: “At one dinner this very proper lady said, ‘Well Doctor Watts, what do you hope to gain from your next experience with LSD?’, and Alan said, ‘Another book!’ “

35:29 We begin a brief discussion of Tim Leary. . . . Gary Fisher: “Well, he was a drunken Irishman with a silver tongue. . . . He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. Those were his two goals in life.”

44:26 Gary discusses several issues relating to the age at which it may be appropriate to begin using psychedelics.

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