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The Harvard Psychedelic Club

How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
December, 2010
ISBN:
9780061655944
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$18.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

"We may not like to admit it now, but many of us turned on, tuned in, and dropped out, at least for a while. We saw the light. We began to question the materialist, consumerist mind-set into which we were raised and started looking for other ways to be."

Here be a rich slice of the creation story of New Consciousness, told with wit, authority and an evenhanded understanding of the good, the bad and the crazy of it. Where? Harvard, 1960–1963. Who? Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil—with a host of pioneering “illuminati.”

This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in the early Sixties at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project, transforming their lives and North American culture and launching the mind/body/spirit movement.

The four men came together in a time of upheaval and experimentation, and their exploration of expanded consciousness set the stage for the social, spiritual, sexual, and psychological revolution of the 1960s. Timothy Leary would be the rebellious trickster, the premier proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD, advising a generation to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Richard Alpert would be the seeker, traveling to India and returning to America as Ram Dass, reborn as a spiritual leader with his “Be Here Now” mantra, inspiring a restless army of spiritual pilgrims. Huston Smith would be the teacher, practicing every world religion, introducing the Dalai Lama to the West, and educating generations of Americans to adopt a more tolerant, inclusive attitude toward other cultures’ beliefs. And young Andrew Weil would be the healer, devoting his life to the holistic reformation of the healthcare system.

It was a time of huge, loving discovery, but behind the scenes lurked backstabbing, jealousy, and outright betrayal. In spite of their personal conflicts—which Lattin unearths with care and curiosity—the members of the Harvard Psychedelic Club would forever “change the way we view the world, heal ourselves, and practice religion.”

They changed the way we see the very nature of reality. We see the best of them in the best of ourselves. In the end, it’s not about the drugs. It’s about remembering all the life-affirming moments along the way—those glimpses of wonder and awe, empathy and interconnectedness—and finding a place for all of that in the rest of our lives.

“A skillfully woven group biography, it is thoroughly researched, wonderfully readable, and sparkles with keen insights.” —Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity school, author of the Future of Faith

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in the early sixties at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project, transforming their lives and American culture and launching the mind/body/spirit movement that inspired the explosion of yoga classes, organic produce, and alternative medicine.

The four men came together in a time of upheaval and experimentation, and their exploration of an expanded consciousness set the stage for the social, spiritual, sexual, and psychological revolution of the 1960s. Timothy Leary would be the rebellious trickster, the premier proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD, advising a generation to "turn on, tune in, and drop out." Richard Alpert would be the seeker, traveling to India and returning to America as Ram Dass, reborn as a spiritual leader with his "Be Here Now" mantra, inspiring a restless army of spiritual pilgrims. Huston Smith would be the teacher, practicing every world religion, introducing the Dalai Lama to the West, and educating generations of Americans to adopt a more tolerant, inclusive attitude toward other cultures' beliefs. And young Andrew Weil would be the healer, becoming the undisputed leader of alternative medicine, devoting his life to the holistic reformation of the American health care system.

It was meant to be a time of joy, of peace, and of love, but behind the scenes lurked backstabbing, jealousy, and outright betrayal. In spite of their personal conflicts, the members of the Harvard Psychedelic Club would forever change the way Americans view religion and practice medicine, and the very way we look at body and soul.

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