Timothy Leary Addenda: The Expanding Human

It's mind-boggling how many syncs and connections erupt when you deal with issues of consciousness. This episode of The Outer Limits is obviously drawing on the then-contemporary controversy over the Harvard Psychedelic Club, yet it also prefigures many of the plot strands in Altered States (which itself took place at Harvard). Did Chayefsky see this episode and store it in his unconscious or did he deliberately yank ideas from it, perhaps thinking no one would remember the original?

Or is there something else entirely at work? We recently discussed the interesting parapolitical connections that Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens had- was this more of the same? It certainly jibes with the idea of radical evolution and alien identity that we see in the original series. And again the connections here deal with psychedelic awareness and its potential as evolutionary agent. I guess there's a very good reason that this show embedded itself into my unconscious mind from a very early age.

Either way, this is just more grist for those of us that believe that the real evolutionary agent is within the unexplored recesses of the mind, not in some Transhuman chimera.

This is an absolute must-watch. Note James Doohan, aka Mr. Scott as the lead detective, just to add some even greater synchronistic resonance.


  1. Another Tron sync. Alien stargate anyone?



  2. I like what you say about
    the most powerful psychotropic
    substance originating in our
    own brain. For those of
    us with a ,"spiritual", life,
    it is in the mind itself.

    We think the 20th century was
    the first time that great
    thinkers have explored these
    types of substances but this
    narrative is played out in
    various forms, subtly, if we
    look at all stories from the
    last 6,000 years of assumed

    I say that in regards to movies
    like,"Altered States", which
    blew everyone away but was
    actually an old story.

    Shamanism is one of the oldest
    professions in man's history,
    and as you know it has merged
    with other roles over time to
    become the," creative type",
    or ,"mad genius".

    I saw how Jacques Lacarriere
    says in his book about Gnostics
    that quantum physicists are
    the new ,"Gnostics".

    Considering that you wrote a
    book about the,"secret history
    of rock n roll", I know you
    know what I am talking about.

    Once again I say that inform-
    ation is the most potent drug
    of all, ironically digested
    while in a lucid, sober, frame
    of mind, without exterior

    wiki's and search engines are
    the new psychotropic agents.

    Good post, it fired my synch-ronicity pattern trigger.

  3. the copy-right heads dont allow us to watch it here in UK, So I cant :(

  4. Strange, just yesterday I saw the trailer for Limitless based on the sci-fi thriller, The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn:


    "[BOOK DESCR] Imagine a drug that makes your brain function with perfect efficiency, tapping into your most fundamental resources of intelligence and drive, releasing all the passive knowledge you'd ever accumulated. A drug that made you focused, charming, fast, even attractive. Eddie Spinola is on such a drug. It's called MDT-48, and it's Viagra for the brain-a designer drug that's redesigning his life. But while MDT is helping Eddie achieve the kind of success he's only dreamed about, it's also chipping away at his sanity-splitting headaches, spontaneous blackouts, violent outbursts. And now that he's hooked and his supply is running low, Eddie must venture into the drug's dark past to feed his habit. What he discovers proves that MDT, once a dream come true, has become his worst nightmare."

    John H

  5. Amusing minor sync for you: Mr. Doohan was part of a Jeopardy! clue last night, regarding the Klingon language!

    Secondly, and equally tangentially, I couldn't help but notice a certain similarity between a predicted new form of matter and John Bonham's sigil from Led Zeppelin IV. (Our sci-fi future, inscribed in the secret history of rock?)

  6. More Tron syncs


  7. Hey anonymous, possible syncs from the Limitless trailer you suggested.

    "Your powers are a gift from God or whoever the hell wrote your life script"

    A satanic reference to powers coming from Satan/Hell? or from the aliens who wrote our script, our DNA?

    "From 12,000 to 2.3 million" 12+2+3=17.

    House asking price 12.5 million. 12+5 =17.

    "Do you think somebody is watching" The Watchers? The Nephilim? The god-like Watchmen?

  8. John if it's true that the Earth's frequency is on the rise, and if it's true that when a persons frequency rises, their intuition and psychic abilities increase, I don't think drugs will be required for that to become a reality. What I would like to know is this, if that is all true, then why is it that Earth's frequencies rising? What is making that happen? and why is it that we are being encouraged to meditate? and buy crystals? and all the other stuff that takes a person down the road of increasing their frequencies and intuition? Rather strange that. I have an email address on my blog, just in case anyone would like to explain that to me.

  9. Maria - those 17 connections are strangely resonant. Is there anything important in genetics or neurology that involves 17? 17 chromosomes? 17 neurotransmitters? Anything?

    Wotiewotwot - the drug is a macguffin of a sort. It's like Billy Batson's Magic Word - the ignition key to a new existence.

    Personally, I feel much more awake and aware than I did in my 30s and in my 20s. Is that a function of age or of something going on in our environment? I also feel that time is more accelerated. Running out.

    John H

  10. Watched the episode last night. Were there a few plot holes? The Japanese-American instructor's coma seemed to be a loose end. Why did he go into suspended animation and what did that have to do with Roy's Jekyll/Frankenstein personality? Also, the last time Roy took the drug, it lasted six hours. Then it seems to wear off in less than an hour or two at the end.

    I think this is just due to the limitations of budget and production time, but I sense there must've been more to the story before it was shot.

    An interesting novel along the same lines is The Power by Frank Robinson. In 1968, it was adapted to film starring George Hamilton.

    John H

  11. Agent 87 here, wotitot you are on glue. Entropy is the decay of life energies. Second law of thermodynamics. To maintain is to sustain, all in the veing that bleeds red(iron). To enjoy psytropics is an adventure, are you willing to give up your precious ego? Me thinks most talking heads are comfortably numb. Hope us monkeys use whatever! energi to SMILE our way thru the universe. Shine forth brave souls! 87

  12. Anonymous, check out Chris Knowles' compendium of articles on the possible significance of the number 17.


  13. I believe Chris and others have connected the 17 to card 17 of the Major Arcana, symbolizing Sirius - the green star They (Masons, Illuminists,etc) are so fond of.

    Otherwise known as... (drum rolll)

    The Secret Sun

  14. I must be missing something Dennis. So when are you going to Asheville?

  15. Jolyon, speaking of secret suns and green stars, NASA has just released photos of the dark side of the moon. Their choice of color enhancement is rather interesting.