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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Leary-based comic posted online

Io9 reports that a comic book based on Timothy Leary's book Exo-Psychology has been posted online. 

Io9's piece (by Lauren Davis) explains, "In his 1977 book Exo-Psychology, psychologist and psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary revealed his eight-circuit model of consciousness, his theory about the workings of the human mind and the future neurological "circuits" that humanity might someday access and utilize in our travels beyond Earth. In 1979, the theory was adapted into Neurocomics, a trippy comic book exploration of the mind, human evolution, and how we might journey to the stars.

"Rene Walter has posted the entire (NSFW) Neurocomics online, and it provides a fascinating look into Leary's peculiar transhumanist ideas. Neurocomics is certainly a product of its era and Leary's obsessions, blending evolutionary science, mysticism, Jungian psychology, notions of panspermia, cybernetics research, and psychedelic experiences to create a rather spectacularly illustrated manifesto on what he felt humans were capable of. Now it feels like an alchemical text of a not-too-distant era, one rife with optimism about what the future might hold."

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