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First use of the term Neuropolitics

01/01/1977 (Aprox)


The term seems first to have been used in 1977 by the psychologist Timothy Leary, the legendary American advocate of psychedelic drugs, to capture the belief that political problems can be traced to psychological issues based in brain chemistry.


He declared: “The solutions to our predicament are neurological. We must assume responsibility for our nervous systems” (Leary 1977, 57), and he imagined recreating on that basis the relationship between individuals and the social order: “Young minds exposed to neurological freedom and the free spray of electronic information suddenly blossom like flowers in the spring” (Leary 1980, 33, 6).

Vidal, Fernando and Ortega, Francisco. Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (Forms of Living)....

Timothy Leary in 1979

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Cover of The Politics of Ecstasy, by Timothy Leary

On the links below, you can find at Google Books the two books by Timothy Leary cited above by Vidal and Ortega.

1977's Neuropolitics: The Sociobiology of Human Metamorphosis

1980's The Politics of Ecstasy

Watch the trailer for the movie Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary:

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary Trailer

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Updated in 19/02/2021

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