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Prologue: Which Leary Now? by James Penner

Introduction by James Penner

Part 1
The Trip in Cuernavaca

Early Utopian Writings on Psilocybin

1 Leary's First Article on Psilocybin
How to Change Behavior

2 On Existential Transaction Theory
The Diagnosis of Behavior and the Diagnosis of Experience

3 On Set and Setting Theory
Reactions to Psilocybin Ad ministered in a Supportive Environment By Timothy Leary, George H. Litwin, and Ralph Metzner

4 Psychedelic Drugs and Creativity

The Effects of Test Score Feedb ack on Creative
Performance and of Drugs on Creative Experience

Part 2
Altering Human Nature

Psychedelic Drugs and the Concord Prison Experiment

5 Reforming Aggression: The Concord Prison Experiment
A New Behavior Change Program Using Psilocybin By Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Madison Presnell, Gunther Weil, Ralph Schwitzgebel, and Sara Kinne

6 An Autobiographical Perspective of the CPE
The Effects of Consciousness-Expanding Drugs on Prisoner Rehabilitation

Part 3
Psychedelic Drugs and Mysticism

The Good Friday Experiment of 1962

7 Leary's Mystical Turn
Religious Implications of Consciousness-Expanding Drugs By Timothy Leary and Walter Houston Clark

8 The Good Friday Experiment
The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation

9 The World Beyond Words
Foreword to Alan Watts's The Joyous Cosmology By Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert

Part 4
Bold New Frontiers

Leary's Early Writing on LSD and DMT

10 Leary's First Article on LSD
Introduction to LSD: The Consciousness-Expanding Drug

11 Leary's Radical Theory of Reimprinting
Languages: Energy Systems Sent and Received

12 Leary and the Psychedelic "Nuclear Bomb"
Programmed Communication during Experiences with DMT

Part 5
Historical Documents from the Harvard Drug Scandal

13 The IFIF Manifesto
Statement of Purpose of the International Federation for Internal Freedom (IFIF ) By Timothy Leary and Huston Smith

14 The Zihuatanejo Project of 1962-1963
Rationale of the Mexican Psych edelic Training Center By Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner

15 Leary and Alpert's Response to the Harvard Drug Scandal
The Politics of Consciousness Expansion By Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert

16 Media Reaction to the Harvard Drug Scandal
The Hallucinogenic Drug Cult By Noah Gordon

Afterword: Leary and Psychedelic Research in the Twenty-first Century by James Penner


About the Author

James Penner, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, he is the author of Pinks, Pansies, and Punks: The Rhetoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


"James Penner's book Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years presents a fascinating collection of Leary's psychedelic research. Leary's contributions are of inestimable value to a new generation of investigators." * Charles S. Grob, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine *
"A rich and valuable resource. A wonderful glimpse into the thoughts of a fiendishly good psychologist at a crucial juncture in the exploration of psychedelics. Essential reading." * Robert Dickins, editor at Psychedelic Press *
"Timothy Leary's pivotal role in 1960s drug culture often led to his being scorned and caricatured by the mass media. James Penner's superb collection of Leary's writings from his Harvard years peels away the layers of polemic and myth that surround Leary and enable us to confront his core ideas that helped to shape the counterculture. This is an important book for everyone who wants to understand Leary and the cultural rebellion of the 1960s." * Robert Cohen, professor of history and social studies at New York University *
"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, microdose researcher and author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Ther *
"James Penner's Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years is not only a brilliant work of scholarship but a powerful and persuasive reexamination of the foundation for some of the most important and exuberant thinking of the 1960s and '70s. Penner's own admirable introductions and thorough editorial work allow us to see Leary as a radical and vital intellectual, not just a cultural phenomenon; as a writer unafraid of risks, certainly, but also able to build humane and moving research projects built on science and on hope. This is a major, long-overdue book." * James R. Kincaid, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Child-Loving, A *
"The brilliantly designed experiments that Timothy Leary and his team performed with psilocybin, LSD, and DMT between 1960 and 1963 while at Harvard's Center for Research in Personality laid the foundation for the revolution we are presently witnessing in psychedelic medicine and science. James Penner has performed a valuable service by gathering and evaluating these essential, difficult-to-find research papers while providing historical context for the academic scandal that erupted in the wake of these experiments." * Michael Horowitz, coauthor of Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the *
"What a fantastic service James Penner provides with his collection of writings by Timothy Leary and friends in Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years. Leary emerges here . . . as a writer of great relevance today, with an earnest and passionate voice." * Sidney Homan, professor of English at the University of Florida and actor, director, and author *
"This is a great book! I've always been curious about Leary's earlier, more scholarly work, which has real substance to it. I never thought about it as a focus for a book, but it's blindingly obvious now that James Penner has done it." * Marcus Boon, author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs and professor of English at *
"...the theories and writings contained in this book are a very worthy read, and challenging for all the right reasons." * Robert Dickins, Psychedelic Press UK, October 2014 *

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