How to operate your brain

Tim Leary and friends

Tim Leary and friends: How to operate your brain

This is an experiment
of mind formation
information
forming
controlling
operating
your mind
and your brain

Using digital techniques
to overload
scramble
confuse
unfocus
your mind

The natural state of the brain
is chaos

We are dealing with a complexity
of information

The first thing to do
is to overwhelm
your focused mind
your linear mind

By overloading
signals
digital patterns
clusters of photons and electrons
which produce
a pleasant state of confused chaos

This is the state of the brain
when it is ready to be
informed

That is:
to be reprogrammed

The human brain
contains one hundred billion neurons

Each neuron is as powerful as a large computer

And each neuron
has around ten thousand connections with other
neurons

Within our foreheads
there is a chaos
inside of our brain
there is a galaxy of information
which is
incomprehensible to our linear minds

This
contrasts and compares perfectly
with the chaos with out

We are living
in a universe
which has
one hundred billion galaxies

Each galaxy
with
star systems
planets

A complexity again
which
to our
minds right now
is
chaotic
incomprehensible

Chaos
is
beautiful

Now
many times
we are
afraid

Because we want order
we can't deal with the confusion
and the disorder

We want form

We want rules

Yes...

Throughout the human history there have been people
religious leaders
political leaders
who have given you order

They'll give you rules and commandments

But chaos
is
basically good

Relax
surf the waves of chaos
and learn how
to redesign
your own realities

Sit back

Float

Open your eyes

Turn off your mind

Unfocus

and let the waves of chaos

roll over you brain

Float

Drift

Zoom

Design

Create

New order

Your order

Your style

from chaos

Yes...

Yes...

Chaos...

Yes...

Yes...

Chaos...

The aim
of human life

to know thyself

Think for yourself

Question authority

Think with your friends

Create

Create

New realities

Philosophy
is a team sport

Philosophy is the ultimate...
the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure

Learning how to operate your brain
learning how to operate your mind
learning how to redesign
chaos

The religious leaders
and the political leaders
want to give you orders
to run your life
to determine how you think

The basic goal
is to
operate your own mind

Operate it for yourself

Around 3000 years ago
a group of human beings
in Athens, Greece

developed
a new philosophy

A basic religion
of humanity

It's called humanism

Socrates said:
"The aim
of human life
is to know thyself"

Create and design your own order
in the chaos

Socrates did not give commandments
Socrates did not impose order

Socrates asked questions

He encouraged
his friends
to speculate
to design
to create
to interact

Your own versions
of reality

Socrates said
the way
to perform philosophy
is in small groups

Raising questions
learning from each other
changing
changing your mind
growing together
thinking together

The religious leaders said
"You can't say that, Socrates"
"The Gods are in control"
"Who are you to say you have a self?"
"How dare you think you can know?"
"The Gods determine"
"Sacrifice to the Gods"
"Obey the Gods"

Socrates said:
"No"
"Look within"

That
gave Socrates the hemlock
because he
dared
to tell people:
"Think for yourself"
"Question authority"

To think for yourself
you must learn how to
reprogram
reform
inform
your own brain

To do this
to take responsibility for your brain

it is necessary
to question
everything that you have been taught

to question authority
to learn
to take the brave step
of
taking responsibility
for operating
your brain

for designing
redesigning
reform
the chaos
within

Throughout human history
as our species has faced
the frightening
the terrorizing
the fact
that we do not know
who we are or where we are going
in this ocean of chaos

There's been the authorities
the political
the religious
the educational

The authorities
who have attempted to
comfort us
by giving us
order
rules
regulations

informing

forming their minds

their view of reality

To think for yourself you must question authority
and learn
how to
put yourself
into a state of vulnerable
open mindedness

Chaotic

Confused

Vulnerability

To inform yourself

to think for yourself
question authority

operate your mind
question authority

Then came Marshall McLuhan
in the 1950s
McLuhan said:
in a socratic sense
that medium is the message

The words you use
the modes of communication you use
determine
the realities
you inhabit

Most of our lives
most of us live
in realities
determined
by others

Imprinting them on our brains
by education
by religion
by politics
by the authorities

McLuhan said:
If you wanna change your mind
change the media
change the words you use
change the mode of communication

Change the medium
change yourself
change
your society

In the 1960s
a new mode of communication developed:
television

The kids growing up in the 1950s
learned how to
tune in
turn on
fine tune
turn off
select
determine
what hits your eyeballs

You control your eyeballs
and your eardrums

You direct manage
the media

Reprogram your brain

McLuhan said:

Who controls the media
is programming your mind
and programming your brain

We are using in this tape
the new media
of digital
multimedia
audiographic
overload

Attempting to
create
a state of open mindedness
a pleasant
vulnerability
in which
we will inform
and imprint
the messages
of the sponsor

Use your head

Learn how to operate your brain

To operate your brain
you must understand how to use your eyes

"Oh, say
can you see?"

"Oh, say
can't you see
what's been done to your eyes?"

Who controls your eyeballs
controls
your mind

Imprints
your brain

Oh, say
can't you see?

That the messages that hit your eyeballs in modern television
are creating realities
imprinting messages
from the sponsors

who are not usually
interested
in you learning how
to design your own realities

Warning
Warning
Warning
Warning

Who controls your screens
controls
programs
your mind

Your eyes
are the windows of your brain

The eyes
are extensions of your brain

The eyes
are made of
hundreds
of layers
of neurons
rods
cones

Your eyeballs
deal with one
energy
it's light

Through your eyes
come
illumination

vision
perception
enlightenment
illumination

Your eyes
are the windows of your soul

Who controls your eyeballs
programs your brain

Learn how to
dial
fine tune your eyeballs

Learn how to unfocus your eyes

Dilate your pupils

Learn how to open up
to illumination and light
and then refocus
and redesign
your own inner order
your own designs
your own language

In the 60s we said
"Power to the people"

In the 90s
in the digital multimedia 90s
we say
"Power to the pupil"

Illuminate...

Enlighten...

Envision...

Light waves
Sound waves
Light waves

Open eyes
Open mind

Open your brain
Learn
how to send
messages
using electrons

Your brain loves light

Who controls your eyeballs
programs your mind

We are also passing on
in this demonstration

The message of
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first
and probably the greatest
american philosopher

who said
divinity
lies
within

Don't look to the churches
or to the
big marvel institutions

Your divinity lies within
you must learn to operate your brain
operate your soul
learn how to communicate
brain to brain
soul to soul
with other people

The divinity
lies within

The brain
is designed
to design
realities

If you operate your own brain
skillfully
you can learn to design your own realities

Learn how to
communicate
in a language of a brain

Electrons and photons

We are doing this now

We are sending messages from our brains
using the vehicle of electrons and photons
to your eyeballs

As we watch the screen
our minds
are
bedazzled

Our minds are softened
Our linear, sharp logical thinking
is...
is...
gentled

And we're communicating brain to brain

We're using
the electron

Computer circuits

to feed each other's
brains
with light

This is the first

paragraph

The first attempt

The first child's primer
in how to communicate using
both the
the orderly
left brain
and the
chaotic
confusing
language of
photons and electrons

The brain
is a photovore

Your brain
my brain
our brains
live on light

Just as the body
needs air
and the carbohydrates

Our brains are starved
for light
for illumination
for revelation

Use your head

Learn how to operate your brain

The brain
is designed
to design
realities

Marshall McLuhan
made the prophecy
he told us
that the aim of evolution
is for us to use media
to create
what we all want:

A global village

the language
that can be understood
by every human being
by every brain

The basic language of humanity
the language of the brain
lights
sounds
rhythms
pulsating your bones

Moving your body

We all know this language

We can all sing and dance

This language
of electron
of radiowaves
of rhythm

Now we have
digital communication

We can create our fantasies
We can create our rhythms

Design
on screens

New language will develop

Global language
not based on letters
not based on grammars

The language which we all understand
based on clusters and waves
of light
and sound

We all understand
We all celebrate
We all glory

In the light

Illumination

The contact

The intersection

interaction

around the world

The language of form

We will create a language
of
international
global
brain link up

Anyone
in any culture
watching the screen
will get the general picture

There is one global village

There's
one
global
human spririt

One global human race

As we link up
through screens
linked by electrons and photons
we will create
for the first time
a global humanity

Not separated by
words
or minds
or...
nationalities
or...
religious biases

Now
listen
to the message
from the sponsor

There is one
global human race

We are just now learning to communicate
brain to brain
soul to soul


Transcription by Kalevi Kolttonen