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Timothy Leary

By: Matthew Murray


Bio
Born October 22nd 1920

Irish catholic

Attended several schools before graduating the University of Alabama in 1943

Earned his doctorate in 1950 from the university of California Berkeley

Arrested for possession of marijuana

Died May 31st 1996


Bio 2
Developed a groundbreaking monograph published 1957

This monograph explored interpersonal relationships via complex model system

Had two children

Lectured at Harvard
The start
As a psychologist he researched the effect of drugs on the human psyche

These studies began after a trip to mexico in 1960 where he consumed psilocybin
mushrooms.

He said he learned more about his brain and possibilities and more about
psychology in 5 hours than his entire 15 years of study.
Return from Mexico
He returned to Harvard and started a program called Harvard Psilocybin Project.
This project studied the effects of psilocybin on prisoners and later students of the
Andover Newton Theological Seminar. All of this was legal at the time.
His Time at West Point
He enrolled into the academy 1940 and lasted a year and a half. He spent most of
his time in social isolation or silenced in west point Parlance for drinking and other
infractions. During this isolation he began to study buddhism and other Eastern
philosophies. He left in 1942.
Study on LSD
Timothy believes that a psychedelic trip is a journey into the consciousness. He
says that the drugs did not produce the transcendent experience but was just a
chemical key. The psychedelic drugs opened up the mind and relieved almost all
external forces.
Philosophy
Timothy Leary said something and it hits home to most.Admit it. You arent like them. Youre
not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do,
maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an
outsider, watching the normal people as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords
like Have a nice day and Weathers awful today, eh?, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like Tell me something
that makes you cry or What do you think deja vu is for?. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But
what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing?
Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the
puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others

This is saying most people are just following the norm and that each day
one that follows the norm loses a little bit of themselves.
Citations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary

http://www.who2.com/list/bombed-at-west-point/

http://www.near-death.com/science/hallucinations/timothy-leary-lsd-and-ndes.html

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/514216-admit-it-you-aren-t-like-them-you-re-not
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