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Product Details

  • Series: Leary, Timothy
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579510523
  • ASIN: B008SLR1XW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As you well know, your brain is the pan of God.
Apugh Balshazar
There's more to be taken from this book of Leary's than from many other bulky tomes that well known philosophers have written.
Takis Tz.
If you are one of those fortunate one with a Kindle, get the Kindle version.
Anthony Tran

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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Takis Tz. on January 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
As substance induced psychedelia became almost a sweeping religion in the 60s certain great minds emerged that tried to conceptualise the goings on of that era and form them into new philosophies made of an amalgam of Eastern teachings, ancient western cosmotheories and modern realisations.

Among the many in that effort was T.Leary. Most of his books are known to the lay public as nothing more than acid-promotion but the truth is that they are excellent philosophical endeavours of the trippiest kind.

"Your brain is god" is a primary example of that. Allthough a mere 100 pages it summarises emphatically the vision those 60s luminaries had for ourselves. To realise that we are, or can be, gods. A much misunderstood concept to be sure, but one that has enormous merit in it not in an anthropocentric sense but more from a "know thyself" point of view.

Knowing thyself is of course no simple matter (if it were we wouldnt be on the verge of self-extinction). There have been many approaches and many philosophies over the eons that have tried to accomplish just that with various degrees of success. Leary came to that "field" through the confrontation with one's one brain that certain substances can provoke. His realisations might not sound like new discoveries to those few that are well philosophy-broken but his style and his way of formulating his beliefs are almost inimitable.

There's more to be taken from this book of Leary's than from many other bulky tomes that well known philosophers have written. Because, make no mistake here, he was unquestionably a philosopher and a darn good one. Leary has a way of condensing things in a modern 20th century type of way that will intrigue even the more focus-challenged out there.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By R. Schwartz on September 28, 2004
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A new science, with new practitioners - the psychedelic guides, having the profound opportunity and evolutionary significance of literally transforming humanity, changing the consciousness of social, cultural, environmental, linguistic and neurological patterns that inhibit humanity towards higher levels of awareness and being are briefly stated in this book. This was, and still is, revolutionary towards the beneficial growth of human development. What a sad document of fearful conditioned man to have rejected the science in this book, reverting back to simplistic, fundamental and dangerously limited snapshots of reality, each believing their "truths" as absolutes.

Apparently, there is a short time period as an infant only for many species, or both infant and early childhood for humans, which then ends shortly, permanently imprinting the human's social and cultural frame of mind through linguistics for the remainder of their lives. Experiments with birds and the immediate introduction towards a human, or even a ping-pong ball, causes the bird to search for this parental ideal the remainder of their lives. As humans we are subject to the attempt to the ideals that were first exposed to us in early childhood, attempting to get as close to that model for the remainder of our lives. Anotherwards we all take a still snapshot on reality, forever freezing our interpretation on what otherwise is a moving transient reality.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Tran on September 27, 2009
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To understand "Your Brain is God" it is helpful to know a little about the author. Timothy Leary was a controversial figure of his time. He was a part of the Harvard Psychedelic Drug Research Project to study the effects and uses of powerful brain-change chemicals on humans. LSD was the tool. He was expelled from Harvard. He later was convicted of possession of marijuana and facing 20 years for less than an ounce of marijuana. It seems a stiff penalty for the crime, but then he was once labeled the most dangerous man in America. He was "dangerous" not for anything he did but for his "spreading his ideas" that may have had some influence on the counterculture movement of the 1960's and 1970's. His most famous phrase was " turn on, tune in, drop out".

"Your Brain is God" is his summa theology. Prior to 1966, LSD was legal for scientific research. But it was generally not widely accepted in the scientific community to embrace with such mind changing chemicals. Brain-activating drugs expose people to powerful mind-blowing experiences that shatter conventional ideas about reality. Leary stated that "the brain has replaced the genitals as the forbidden organ that must not be touch or turned on by the owners." After decided that the scientific approach was not the prudent way due to the strong taboo against brain-change, his group decided to turn back to the East, turn to religion as the basis for continuing the experimentation. After all, there is freedom of Religion in the 1st Amendment. LSD is his protected sacrament. LSD was later declared illegal even in religious settings.

"Your Brain Is God", is a do it yourself, style of theology.
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