Timothy Leary and Alternative Salvation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/575246
Title:
Timothy Leary and Alternative Salvation
Authors:
Stephenson, William
Abstract:
In his rewriting of The Tibetan Book of the Dead as an LSD manual in The Psychedelic Experience, his verse translations of the Tao Te Ching and his later work such as Your Brain is God, Timothy Leary outlines a constantly evolving manifesto for social and personal salvation. My focus in this chapter is on Leary’s countercultural and post-countercultural revisions of the human from the 1960s to 1990s; his mission to move beyond inherited templates of subjectivity of towards states of ecstasy which were largely uncharted but towards which his chosen tools – drugs, then later computer technology – could point the way. The divinity of the brain is, in Leary’s worldview at least, a literal physiological truth, rather than a metaphor; for Leary, God is among other things a cluster of neurons, but this is to be welcomed as an alternative route to salvation.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Stephenson, W. (2016). Timothy Leary and alternative salvation. In S. Knowles, W. Dossett & H. Bacon (Eds.), Alternative salvations: Engaging the sacred and the secular. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.
Publisher:
T & T Clark
Publication Date:
17-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/575246
Type:
Book chapter
ISBN:
9781472579959
Appears in Collections:
English

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorStephenson, Williamen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-19T13:30:59Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-19T13:30:59Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-17en
dc.identifier.citationStephenson, W. (2016). Timothy Leary and alternative salvation. In S. Knowles, W. Dossett & H. Bacon (Eds.), Alternative salvations: Engaging the sacred and the secular. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781472579959en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/575246en
dc.description.abstractIn his rewriting of The Tibetan Book of the Dead as an LSD manual in The Psychedelic Experience, his verse translations of the Tao Te Ching and his later work such as Your Brain is God, Timothy Leary outlines a constantly evolving manifesto for social and personal salvation. My focus in this chapter is on Leary’s countercultural and post-countercultural revisions of the human from the 1960s to 1990s; his mission to move beyond inherited templates of subjectivity of towards states of ecstasy which were largely uncharted but towards which his chosen tools – drugs, then later computer technology – could point the way. The divinity of the brain is, in Leary’s worldview at least, a literal physiological truth, rather than a metaphor; for Leary, God is among other things a cluster of neurons, but this is to be welcomed as an alternative route to salvation.en
dc.publisherT & T Clarken
dc.subjectTheologyen
dc.subjectTimothy Learyen
dc.subjectPsychedelicsen
dc.subjectCountercultureen
dc.subjectposthumanismen
dc.titleTimothy Leary and Alternative Salvationen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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