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Leary, Timothy Francis

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Authors, Psychologists

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US counterculture activist, psychologist, and promoter of psychedelic drugs

 

professor of psychology at Harvard University 1959-1963

 

experienced psychedelic drugs on trip to Mexico 1960, experienced LSD 1961

 

studied and promoted psychedelic drugs in attempt to expand consciousness and bring about less institutional society

 

dismissed from Harvard faculty for drug experiments 1963

 

founder and leader of Castilia Center in Millbrook, New York 1963-1966

 

converted to Hinduism on trip to India 1965

 

founded League for Spiritual Discovery 1966

 

coined and popularized slogan "turn on, tune in, drop out" 1966

 

after conviction for marijuana possession, imprisoned 1970 but escaped, with help from Weathermen activists, and fled to Algeria to join with Black Panthers

 

captured in Afghanistan by US agents 1973 and returned to US, imprisoned 1973-1976, sentence shortened for testifying against Weathermen who had arranged 1970 prison escape

 

co-wrote "The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead" 1964, wrote "Psychedelic Prayers After the Tao-te-ching" 1966, "The Politics of Ecstasy" 1968, "Jail Notes" 1970, "Confessions of a Hope Fiend" 1973, "Exo-Psychology: A Manual on the Use of the Human Nervous System According to the Instructions of the Manufacturers" 1977, autobiography "Flashbacks" 1983


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  • "You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove."
  • "We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go."
  • "Turn on, tune in and drop out."
  • "There are three side effects of acid. Enchanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third."