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Turn on tune in drop out That saying has turned into the slogan of TimothyLearys mind-expanding movement Although a graduate of both West-Point andBerkley and a Harvard professor these were not his greatest lifetime achievementsThroughout his publicized life he became the spokesperson of the psychedelic age Hisdevotion to the belief that LSD and marijuana were gateways to enlightenment resultedin a new church numerous prison sentences and a following of both celebrities and the When people think of Timothy Leary their immediate response is Turn on tune in drop out his trademark line although the meaning of it has oftenbeen misinterpreted Playboy Magazine had thought that his message was advocatinggetting high and dropping out of school Marwick 311 When asked by the magazineto explain the meaning of the phrase he responded Turn on means to contact theancient energies and wisdoms that are built into your nervous system They provideunspeakable pleasure and revelation Tune in means to harness and communicatethese new perspectives in a harmonious dance with the external world Drop outmeans to detach yourself from the tribal game Marwick 312 This was not the firstLeary was first publicly noticed and criticized by then fellow Harvard professorsfor his interest in LSD when he and friend Robert Alpert wrote an article for theBulletin of Atomic Scientist In the article they described a circumstance that in theevent of war the Russians might try to lace the American water supply with LSD Thenwhen everybody in America is stoned the Russians would seize power They explainedthat in order to prevent the scenario from happening everyone should take a dose ofLSD so they can get used to the effects Sterns 278 Although the article shocked theHarvard staff it didnt cause him to get firedLeary was dismissed from Harvard in 1962 only four years after he beganteaching there Leary had experimented with psilocybin a mind-altering chemical onhis own and the university repeatedly asked him to stop he refused Brash 139
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