Timothy Leary

25 Jul 2022 12:05 - 17 Jun 2023 08:29
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    • An interesting figure, despite or because of his obvious BS-artist aspect. As the sixties recedes ever further into history, its visions and styles and tropes and heroes are worth re-examining, even if you have to use a long set of tongs. He was one of the leaders of what seemed at the time like a revolution, and needs to be evaluated in terms of how that revolution worked, the ways in which it failed and in the ways in which it succeeded.
    • Really want to reconstruct this meeting: Video of Timothy Leary in Japan circa 1991 - Joi Ito's Web
      • This is footage from a bus ride when Tim was visiting Japan for a conference. Zack Leary remembers watching the the fall of the Soviet Union on TV during the trip so we guess it's probably 1991. This is also the first time I met Marvin Minsky and his wife Gloria. I remember translating a "debate" between Marvin and Tim where they were arguing about whether humans had a soul. Tim said yes and Marvin said no. "The Society of Mind" had just come out in Japanese. To Marvin's dismay, it turned out that in Japan, the word for "mind" and "soul" were the same and were closer to the definition of "soul." The Japanese publishers had translated the title of his book "Society of the Mind" to "Society of the Soul" and Timothy poked Marvin with glee. Tim and Marvin had a very playful and fun relationship with clashing world views - but their interaction was always fun and enlightening to listen to.
      • Leary, Joi Ito, Marvin Minsky...now there's a trio of interesting but problematic characters.