Podcast 167 – “Evolution of Intelligence”


Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary


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

Dr. Timothy Leary“The evolution of intelligence: Now this is a very interesting idea. It means that the way not just to survive but to evolve is to get smarter.

“I think it’s time to dust off the word pagan again. The word pagan seems to mean one who loves life. A pagan is someone who loves humanity and would never dream of oppressing humanity with Original Sins and other life sentences, which distract from self-esteem and courage and self-confidence.”

“We were not descended from chimpanzees or apes, we are teenage, juvenile chimps or apes that didn’t grow up and develop tails and swing around in trees. . . . In many aspects, the human species is an immature species. We haven’t committed ourselves to a final form, and therein, perhaps, lies our great usefulness to the DNA code and the biological wisdom.”

“If you want to increase your intelligence, if you want to evolve, and grow, and go through the changes, the many changes that are possible, at all costs avoid terminal adulthood.”

“If you stay in the same place, you tend, obviously, to not be exposed to new challenges, and you’re not going to be under pressure to grow. Although, it is well known though, that if you migrate, if you want to change, if you want to grow, if you want to develop, if you want to reach a higher level, a standard genetic tactic, and a standard human tactic, is to migrate to a new frontier where you have a chance to develop and grow.”

“People born in the same generation share an unspoken sense of reality throughout the world.”

“DNA uses juvenilization, mutation and change in the young, only when there’s a challenge that the old way can’t face.”

“The last fifty years of the twentieth century in this country are simply the history of the baby boom moving like a pig through a python through American culture.”

“If you find yourself in a generation that is pretty stuffy, migrate! A generation is an island in time. … You’re as old as the people you hang out with.”

“The intelligent evolutionary tradition has always been intelligent skepticism of authority.”

“Throughout human history, those in power have been wrong 99% of the time.”


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  1. Comments from original blog page: http://www.matrixmasters.net/blogs/?p=952

    I would even say if change stops, everything stops!

    Life is the consciousness of change….only in deep sleep nothing and nobody seems to change..

    I have written an essay however, about why change in our personal lives seems to be so difficult to achieve:


    Despite the fact that some of Dr. Tim’s peers like Dr. Gary Fisher say he was nothing but an alcoholic, who was scared of the full Sandoz bottle trip (1mg), Dr. Tim obviously toured the psychedelic landscape enough to find his bearings and point people in the right direction. On top of that, his eloquent style of speaking, his sense of humor and the forward thinking concepts he laid on us capitalize on the thread of consciousness that leads from here to ‘out there’ and back. In turn, his talks and opinions challenge us with the very essence of what we believe in order to move us forward into a new age of spiritual and temporal awareness giving us the hope to reclaim our planet from the control culture who imprison us with our own feelings of inferiority and debt to patriotism or the church (which has always moved us further from ourselves as individuals). His mantras like “Question Authority”, and “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out” were not just words, but were non-battle cries for the pacifist lovers of life to reunite as individuals in a collective hive-mind of love NOW, and forever more. After they locked him up for the same thing Socrates was tried for (corrupting the youth-via a weed charge) you could hear the tremble in his voice from his trauma, and the self doubt in the way he sought after audience support when he would reach ‘far out’ into the future or the mind. Nonetheless, his resolve and human dignity were intact and his message was clear “Think for yourself”, and I am all the greater for it. Thanks Dr. Tim, and thanks for re-broadcasting Lorenzo.

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