Podcast 175 – “The Intelligent Use of Psychedelic Drugs”


Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

Dr. Timothy LearyPROGRAM NOTES:

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

“We represent the aristocratic, exploring elite of our species, and we always have.”

“The purpose of human life is to go within and find out who you are. The purpose of human life is to grow.”

“American history is filled with people who knew how to use drugs intelligently.”

“He [William James] later wrote the book “Varieties of Religious Experience”, in which he said over and over again, no attempt at the metaphysical quest, no attempt to probe the philosophic wonders of the cosmos can be undertaken by those who don’t have some experience with chemicals. In his case it was peyote and nitrous oxide.”

“The ‘original’ sin was the intelligent use of drugs in the garden of Eden.”

“The problem with drugs is that stupid people use drugs stupidly.”

“As more and more people learn how to use drugs intelligently in the next twenty years, and get back to their microscopes and DNA mock-ups, we may have some more information on exactly how evolution got started.”

“All of you in this room have experienced more realities, more crisis, more of life, you’ve seen more than the wisest sultans and philosophers in the past.”

“The generation you belong to is of key importance.”

“Nobody died for my sins, man. I did my time for ‘em.”

“Let me give you an example of set and setting. If you take LSD under the following conditions: you’ve just escaped from prison where they want to put you in the gas chamber, and you find yourself in a hotel in Palm Springs where the FBI is having its local convention, that is bad set and bad setting.”


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