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This is my favorite Timothy Leary book, and that's saying a lot when compared to the likes of The Politics Of Ecstasy, Neuropolitics, Exo-Psychology, The Intelligence Agents, Confessions Of A Hope Fiend, Flashbacks, etc. This is the one that ties it all together. Presented in sensational tabloid fashion, tongue-in-cheek, he masterfully combines and correlates the Periodic Table, chemistry, evolutionary theory, microbiology, psychology, Tarot, astrology, mysticism, religion, history, terrestrial politics, science-fiction, and so forth. An amazing bit of propaganda for progress and higher intelligence (sorely needed on this backward and primitive orb). He should have won the governorship of California and gone on to be President of these United States---not Reagan. This land would have turned out very very different (all kidding aside, man), and we might now be colonizing space (with H.O.M.E.s---that's High Orbital Mini Earths), the moon and Mars instead of talking about it. His laissez faire and mercantilist outlook would certainly have been better for the economy, to say the least, especially nowadays (argh!). More than a nod is given to such divergent luminaries, psychotics and "futants" as Aleister Crowley (whose scholarship, among others, was an inspiration for this book), Werner von Braun, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Edward Teller, Adolf Hitler, etc.
Each consecutive page is presented as a whole, that is (for one thing), they don't end with sentences that need to be completed on the next page. They are complete texts (along with whatever provocative titles and graphics that are attendant). This, as well as the fact that the book is roughly 8 1/2 X 11 inches, makes it ideal for those copy shop guerilla Intelligence Agents who like to make illicit postings in public places. I suppose that was the idea... (heh heh)
The book is not only immensely informative and inspiring---it is fun! Also, since he deals with his subject matter with patient good humour and high (sorry) spirits, it is absolutely hilarious. And though Leary treats terrestrial politics with the biting satire it so richly deserves, it is easy to see that he was quite serious about humankind's future and evolution, as symbolized in his oft referenced acronym S.M.I.L.E (Space Migration, Intelligence <squared> Increase, and Life Extension). The self-described "cheerleader for change" promoted his passion for space migration and evolution with the zeal of an evangelist and the skill of a mass media marketing wizard.
The Game Of Life is absolutely essential to any post-larval wondering what happened to the electric kool-aid 60s party.
And remember: INTELLIGENCE IS THE ULTIMATE APHRODISIAC.
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