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Timothy Leary may not be a name familiar to many of you, but do look him up, as he certainly was an extraordinary individual that was a key ingredient in the whole counter-culture movement of the 60s and 70s. A short description is as follows:

Dr. Timothy Leary, PhD (1920- 1996) Psychologist, philosopher, explorer, teacher, optimist, author and revolutionary avatar of the mind. Rightly called the Galileo of Consciousness, he went public with his observations of the mind made with psychedelic mindscopes and helped initiate a renaissance which is still only begining to elaborate itself.

The extract reproduced below may interest techies, geeks and soul-searchers alike, so carry on reading if you are an explorer of the mind and its complexities.

The Chaos Within

In the last decades of the twentieth century, scientists began to study the complexity within the human brain. Talk about Chaos ! It turns out that the brain is a galactic network of a hundred billion neurons. Each neuron is an information system as complex as a mainframe computer. Each neuron is connected to ten thousand other neurons. Each of us is equipped with a universe of neurocomplexity that is inscrutable to our alphanumeric minds.

This brain power is at once the most humiliating fact about our current ignorance, and the most thrilling prospect of our potential divinity; once we start learning how to operate our brains.

Humanism: The Navigational Game Plan

 Chaos theory allows us to appreciate our assignment: the understanding, enjoyment, and celebration of the delightful nature of the whole universe; including the totally mad paradoxes within our brains.

Activating the so-called right brain eliminates one of the last taboos against understanding Chaos and provides a hands-on scientific basis for the philosophy of Humanism; encouraging us to team up with others to design our own personal versions of Chaos.

The chaos within

For the last few months I have been obsessed by the extreme complexity of everything. I cannot answer any simple question in an interview or write a page about abstract issues without revising in great detail my current viewpoints about human evolution and so on.

We don’t know who, why, where, what, when we are. What a fright-mare! Ignorant, alienated agents sent on a mission with no instructions. My thrilling bewilderment about the Great Disorder (Chaos) is due, of course, to the state of senility that I have diligently earned.

Short-term memory loss means you forget exactly what’s happening and why you are here. Long-term memory gain gives you the ambiguous perspective of what our cultures have come up with in the way of weird solutions to the Mystery.

 What I’m talking about is Designing Chaos and Fashioning Your Personal Disorders On Screens 

With Cybernetic Tools

From Countercultural Perspectives

With Informational Chemicals (Chaos Drugs)

While DeLighting in CybErotics

As Guerrilla Artists

To Explore De-Animation Alternatives

While Surfing the Waves of Millennium Madness

 to glimpse the glorious wild impossibilities and improbabilities of the century to come.

Enjoy it ! It’s ours to be played with.