Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In: Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences by Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, Winona Ryder, William Burroughs, Albert Hofmann, Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Ken Kesey, Huston Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, and O

Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In: Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences by Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, Winona Ryder, William Burroughs, Albert Hofmann, Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Ken Kesey, Huston Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, and O

by Robert Forte
     
 

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PSYCHEDELICS / BIOGRAPHY

“Timothy Leary’s Dead. No, no no no, he’s outside, looking in.”
--The Moody Blues, “Legend of a Mind”

“Tim was a chieftain. He stomped on the terra, and he left his elegant hoof prints on all our lives.”
--Hunter S. Thompson

“Tim Leary probably made more

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PSYCHEDELICS / BIOGRAPHY

“Timothy Leary’s Dead. No, no no no, he’s outside, looking in.”
--The Moody Blues, “Legend of a Mind”

“Tim was a chieftain. He stomped on the terra, and he left his elegant hoof prints on all our lives.”
--Hunter S. Thompson

“Tim Leary probably made more people happy than anybody else in history.”
--Terence McKenna

“What I learned from Tim didn’t have anything to do with drugs but it had everything to do with getting high. His die-hard fascination with the human brain was not all about altering it, but about using it to its fullest.”
--Winona Ryder

Timothy Leary inspired strong feelings in everyone he came into contact with during his momentous life. An unrelenting proponent of expanding consciousness and challenging authority, he was brilliant and erratic, extravagant and enthusiastic, wise and foolish. Ram Dass called him the most creative man he had ever known, while Richard Nixon called him the most dangerous man in the world. Many agree that his exuberant popularizing of psychedelics radically altered the course of the twentieth century. His research at Harvard University and subsequent dismissal from the faculty helped to inaugurate the counterculture of the 1960s, awakening a generation to its own potential. His later arrests, escapes from prison, asylum in Switzerland, and return to the United States mark him as an archetypal hero. His eventual embracing of computers and the Internet kept him at the forefront of the battle for personal freedom and creative expression.

The essence of Leary’s life has often been reduced to his celebrated formula “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” But the wider implications of this call to communion are forgotten, just as the complex nature of Leary’s personality is often reduced to the superficial spin put on his ideas by the media. In Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In, many of the great artists, thinkers, and rebels of our time discuss Leary’s life and legacy. In doing so, this gathering of minds goes beyond a simple tribute to the man and becomes a provocative dialogue on the evolution of consciousness.

ROBERT FORTE studied the history and psychology of religion at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He served on the board of directors of the Albert Hofmann Foundation and is the editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion.

Editorial Reviews

Bodhi Tree Book Review
"The list of contributors to this book reads like a "who's who" from the consciousness movement of recent decades. Leary emerges as a remarkable and charismatic character. For a fresh look at the sixties, these accounts of one of the pivotal figures of that decade are thoughtful, informative and evocative."
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"The list of contributors to this book reads like a "who's who" from the consciousness movement of recent decades. Leary emerges as a remarkable and charismatic character. For a fresh look at the sixties, these accounts of one of the pivotal figures of that decade are thoughtful, informative and evocative."
Winter 1999 / Spring 2000 Bodhi Tree Book Review
"The list of contributors to this book reads like a "who's who" from the consciousness movement of recent decades. Leary emerges as a remarkable and charismatic character. For a fresh look at the sixties, these accounts of one of the pivotal figures of that decade are thoughtful, informative and evocative."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620550656
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,123,661
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Forte, AMRS, began his work with psychedelics as a student of Stanislav Grof and Frank Barron, cofounder of the Harvard Psilocybin Project. He obtained his master’s degree under Mircea Eliade and has collaborated with many of the leaders in the field of psychedelics, including R. Gordon Wasson, Timothy Leary, and Huston Smith. A former director of the Albert Hofmann Foundation, he teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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