By Lisa Rein and Michael Horowitz via Boing Boing:
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“Man is about to make use of that fabulous electrical network he carries around in his skull”
–Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, 1963
“Electric technology, by virtue of its immediate relation to our nervous system, is itself a sort of inner trip, with drugs playing the role of sub-plot or alternative mode. It may well appear a few years hence that the panic about psychedelic drugs relates less to the chemistry than to the hidden terrors which people feel in the presence of electric technology.”
–Marshall McLuhan, June 1974 (From a previously unpublished letter, full text below.)
There is no other 1960s intellectual figure whom Timothy Leary came to admire more than Marshall McLuhan. He considered McLuhan’s famous statement – “The medium is the message” — the most important cultural insight of the ‘60s, a decade saturated with insightful and lasting one-liners, some of the most famous coming from Leary’s own brain.