Timothy Leary interview from Folsom prison | Boing Boing

December 8, 2021

Timothy Leary interview from Folsom prison | Boing Boing:

With society moving closer to prioritizing mental health instead of stigmatizing it, it’s no coincidence that alternative treatments such as psilocybin are getting a second look. Gee, if only someone with, I don’t know, let’s say a doctorate in neuroscience could’ve mentioned the effectiveness of psychedelic drugs decades ago.

Watching Dr. Timothy Leary’s interview from prison is surreal for several reasons. The least of which is that Nena von Schlebügge, the woman at the beginning of the video, would eventually become Uma Thruman’s mother. Leary crackles with humor and verve as he rattles off a slew of prescient visions that reflect modern attitudes on drugs at the clinical level.

Stripped of the era’s hysteria, Leary appears less like a lunatic and more like a man who’s in on a hilarious cosmic joke. Even if you’ve seen the video before, it’s worth another viewing. Who knows what else Leary might be predicting from the past?

I’ve read a bit of Leary’s writings, along with Robert Anton Wilson’s non-fiction that interacts with him… He was so far ahead of his time early on, before the drug war radicalized him.

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