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Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years

Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and others
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Inner Traditions
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July, 2014
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This first collection of Leary’s writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, presents Leary’s early scientific articles and scholarly essays, including those on the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment—with an editor’s introduction that examines the Harvard Drug Scandal in detail.

On May 27, 1963, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert were dismissed from Harvard University’s Psychology Department—a watershed event marking the moment when psychedelic drugs were publicly demonized and driven underground. Today, little is known about the period in the early 1960s when LSD and psilocybin were not only legal but also actively researched at universities.

These essays—coauthored with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and other psychedelic research visionaries—explore the nature of creativity and the therapeutic, spiritual, and religious aspects of psilocybin and LSD. Featuring Leary’s scientific articles and a rare account of his therapeutic approach, “On Existential Transaction Theory,” the book also includes Leary’s final essay from his time at Harvard, “The Politics of Consciousness,” as well as controversial articles published shortly after his dismissal.

 As we enter the twenty-first century, Leary is relevant because psychedelic medicine is currently experiencing a revival… His writings demonstrate why he became the iconic leader of the consciousness-expansion movement of the 1960s, but, more significantly, they provide a historical context for research in the present day


In many cases, he was willing to ask many of the foundational questions that researchers are still grappling with today: can psychedelic drugs be used to alter self-destructive forms of behavior (i.e., alcoholism and drug addiction)? How can psychedelic drugs be used to foster the creative impulse? Can psychedelic drugs aid and facilitate mystical experiences? As research comes full circle some fifty years after the Harvard Drug Scandal, Leary—the probing scientist and radical therapist—also needs to come back into focus.

“This book is a must for any serious student of psychedelics as well as those who would like to understand the full Leary, not just the media parody version that he seemed to become in his post-Harvard years. Here he comes across as a serious scientist, a committed reformer. Penner’s excellent introductions place each paper in its historical context.” —James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

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The first collection of Learys writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965

Presents Learys early scientific articles and scholarly essays, including those on the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment

With an editors introduction that examines the Harvard Drug Scandal in detail as well as a critical preface for each essay

On May 27, 1963, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert were dismissed from Harvard Universitys Psychology Department--a watershed event marking the moment when psychedelic drugs were publicly demonized and driven underground. Today, little is known about the period in the early 1960s when LSD and psilocybin were not only legal but also actively researched at universities.

Presenting the first collection of Learys writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, this book offers rare articles from Learys time as a professor in Harvards Psychology Department, including writings from the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment. These essays--coauthored with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and other psychedelic research visionaries--explore the nature of creativity and the therapeutic, spiritual, and religious aspects of psilocybin and LSD. Featuring Learys scientific articles and a rare account of his therapeutic approach, On Existential Transaction Theory, the book also includes Learys final essay from his time at Harvard, The Politics of Consciousness, as well as controversial articles published shortly after his dismissal.

With an editors introduction examining the Harvard Drug Scandal and a critical preface to each essay, this book of seminal early writings by Leary--appearing in unabridged form--shows why he quickly became an articulate spokesperson for consciousness expansion and an iconic figure for the generation that came of age in the 1960s.

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