from Chaos & Cyberculture.
and Cyber Culture is his futuristic vision of the emergence of a new
with an emphasis on questioning authority, independent thinking,
creativity, and the empowerment of computer and other brain
This "cyberpunk manifesto" describes a new breed that loves technology
and uses it to revolutionize communication and tweak Big Brother while
being successful, achieving political power and having fun. Timothy
is a leading figure in the cyberpunk culture, much as he was a leading
figure in the consciousness revolution of the 1960s.
and Cyber Culture
brings together his provocative, futuristic writings, lively interviews
and cogent conversations with a variety of writers and thinkers. Chaos
and Cyber Culture defines the emergence of the New Breed of the
Age, who are creating the cyberdelic politics and culture of the 21st
and Cyber Culture
is a substantial work (over 100,000 words) consisting of over forty
and conversations with leading figures. There are eight main sections
a epilogue, followed by a list of Leary resources.
The Eternal Philosophy of Chaos
years it has seemed obvious that the basic nature of the universe is
complexity, inexplicable disorder- that mysterious, tangled
popularly known as Chaos.
poetic Hindus believed
the universe was a dreamy dance of illusion (maya). The paradoxical,
Buddhists spoke of a void too complex--maybe a trillion times too
be grasped by the human word-processing system (mind).
Lao Tse sardonically reminded us that the tao is forever changing
at light speed, elusive and inaccessible to our fingers and thumbs
tapping letters on our alphanumeric keyboards and mind-operating
Socrates, that proud,
self-reliant Athenian democrat, indiscreetly blurted out the dangerous
secret when he said, "The aim of human life is to know thy selves."
This is surely the most subversive T-shirt flaunted over the centuries
by humanists, the most confrontational bumper sticker on their
is the original sin of the Judaeo Christian Islamic bibles and
attempts by the authorities to order Chaos.
first rule of every
law-and-order system is to trivialize-demonize the dangerous concepts
Self, Individual Aims, and Personal Knowledge. Thinking for Your Selves
is heretical, treasonous, blasphemous. Only devils and satans do it.
thinking, committed out loud, becomes a capital crime. It was "Three
Strikes and You're Out" for several hundred thousand Protestant
during the Inquisitions of the Roman papacy--not to forget the witch
performed by the Protestants when they took charge of the Chaos-control
all very simple
to the law-and-order controllers. There are the immortal Gods and
up there in that Gated Community on Olympus Drive. And then there are
mortals, slaving around down here in the low-rent flatlands. The
of individuals with choice and identity seemed total folly, the
nightmare--not just of authoritarian bureaucrats, but of common-sense
Chaos must be controlled!
standard way to
tame and domesticate the impossible complexity that surrounds us is to
invent a few "tooth fairy" Gods, the more infantile the better,
and to lay down a few childish rules: Honour your father and your
etc. The rules are simple and logical. You passively obey. You pray.
sacrifice. You work. You believe.
then, Praise the
Bored, let there be no terrorizing notions about individuals hanging
this meaningless, disordered universe trying to figure how to design
some individual selves.
engineers may have been the Hindu sages who designed a method for
the brain called yoga. The Buddhists produced one of the great hands-on
do-it-yourself manuals for operating the brain: The Tibetan Book of the
Dying. Chinese Taoists developed the teaching of going with the
clinging to idea- structures, but changing and evolving. The message
Be cool. Don't panic. Chaos is good. Chaos creates infinite
Copyright 1994. Timothy Leary, from: "Chaos
Cyberculture", Ronin Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 1035, Berkeley,
California. All Rights Reserved. Individuals may download this material
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