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Timothy Leary

and can leave the body-which monitors, or is responsible for consciousness, thought, memory, emotion, and all that. It’s almost the same definition as the brain. The brain is defined almost the same way as the soul, except for the immaterial entity part.

The answer to your question is now just a technological question. Yes. Memories are stored in the brain. Then the question is how can you recover them. Now, there are programs called the Neuro-beurtilities, in which you have these disks, in case you lose a memory on another disk. You see, you can have a computer disk, get all the work you’ve done in the last six months on it, and it crashes. But then they have these disks that allow you to go back and bring them back, because the memories are frozen in the grooves, or in the molecular combinations in the brain.

But you have to have that way of accessing, or booting it up, which is called life, what you’d call soul, or that which you call animation. But we are speculating about the soul–where does the soul go when it leaves the body? When you begin working in cryonics, and reanimation-particularly reanimation of the mind, memories, or personality–what formerly was you is either dead or alive. It’s called irreversible involuntary metabolic coma; that’s death.

Once you say, well no, it’s reversible, and it’s going to be voluntary, then you open up this enormous mid-frontier. We’ll just call it No-Man or No-Woman’s Land. What percentage of your memory could you get back? See, if we can get less than fifty percent of your memory back, we’d consider that, probably, a failure. But, you have the option. So when you sign up for this, you can say, well don’t reanimate me unless you can bring back seventy-five percent of my memory. Because we could bring that back with nanotechnology, which is being taught by Eric Drexler.

We could clone or bring back another David or another Timothy. But then the question–if I had none of my memories, would I be just like a robot? It would be a tragedy and a horror, but it then becomes an option. You know, at my age I can tell you, you lose a lot of memories along the way. Well, of course, you probably lose a lot of the ones you didn’t want anyway. So at least we’ve taken these areas of total taboo and religious fanaticism from the past, and converted them into a scientific discourse, with experimental probabilities, in which you have options, and can share these options.

I’m going to the cryonics center Friday at Riverside–that’s ALCOR. I’m going there with Harry Nealson, probably with Ringo Starr, and a group of our friends. We’re planning a reunion. We’re going to sign up as a group for hibernation, and reanimation, possibly fifty years from now. We’re having lunch at the St. James Club Friday with a group of people, and one of the things we’re speculating is, we’d like to have lunch again in fifty years. The champagne will be chilled, there’s no question of that.

Now what I’m doing there is I’m introducing a very powerful, comforting notion that cryonics is not you’re being frozen like a stiff, like a frozen steak in a freezer, and you’re popped out in cellophane, and popped in the microwave. We’re talking about groups of people who have enjoyed being together in this first life, who would want to reanimate together. Because I don’t want to wake up, frankly, fifty years from now, and not have any of my friends there. I’11 be surrounded by these hot-shot scientists from the twenty-first century, and maybe a few of these scientists from ALCOR, who are nice people, but I don’t hang out with them. I want my friends around too.

This, by the way, is agonizingly or heart-warming reminiscent of the Egyptians. Because when the Egyptians went into their reanimation laboratories, their wives, and then their pets, would join them. When their servants would die, then they’d do them too, and try to preserve them. The Christian archeologists said, well this is a Pagan policy, and they just wanted their servants there to wait on them in the future, the afterlife. But a more humanistic interpretation is that naturally they wanted to share this reanimation option with the people with whom they spent this life.

RMN: Have you heard about morphic fields?


RMN: Sheldrake theorizes that memory is not even stored in the brain. What do you think of that?

TIMOTHY: Where is it stored?

RMN: Well, the idea is that there’s access by the brain to these non-material memory fields, through which the brain picks memory up, but does not necessarily store it.

TIMOTHY: But the brain is a receiving instrument that picks it up? Yes. Well, there’s no question. You don’t have to say non-material. You’re just referring to something we haven’t been able to measure yet. See, the air is full of television signals, and to show a primitive person that, they’d think it was magic, or it’s immaterial. It’s not. It is material. Remember, almost everything that the former

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