Leary, Timothy
(1920–1996)
   Clinical psychologist and counterculture drug guru. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Leary founded the Harvard Center for Research in Personality in 1958. After eating a number of “magic mushrooms” (psilocybin) in 1960, Leary underwent “the deepest religious experience of my life,” leading to his clinical experiments (on student guinea pigs) with LSD, initially funded by the military. Leary subsequently became disillusioned by academia, “dropped out” of Harvard, and established the privately funded international Foundation for Internal Freedom in 1963. Leary became the most vocal and controversial spokesperson for drugs, particularly psychedelics and especially LSD, as an indispensable aid to human development. His message to “tune in” (by taking LSD), “turn on” (to the counterculture), and “drop out” (of mainstream society, or at least challenge its ideology) was particularly attractive to young people, and Leary, as “high priest of drug culture” was frequently challenged by, spent some time on the run from, and was imprisoned by the authorities.
   See also Entheogens.

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  • Timothy Leary — noun United States psychologist who experimented with psychoactive drugs (including LSD) and became a well known advocate of their use (1920 1996) • Syn: ↑Leary, ↑Tim Leary, ↑Timothy Francis Leary • Instance Hypernyms: ↑psychologist * * * Timothy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leary — noun United States psychologist who experimented with psychoactive drugs (including LSD) and became a well known advocate of their use (1920 1996) • Syn: ↑Tim Leary, ↑Timothy Leary, ↑Timothy Francis Leary • Instance Hypernyms: ↑psychologist …   Useful english dictionary

  • Timothy Francis Leary — noun United States psychologist who experimented with psychoactive drugs (including LSD) and became a well known advocate of their use (1920 1996) • Syn: ↑Leary, ↑Tim Leary, ↑Timothy Leary • Instance Hypernyms: ↑psychologist …   Useful english dictionary

  • Timothy Leary — (1989) Timothy Francis Leary (* 22. Oktober 1920 in Springfield, Massachusetts; † 31. Mai 1996 in Beverly Hills) war ein US amerikanischer Psychologe, Autor und „Guru“ der Hippie Bewegung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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