Back in 1970, as you will recall, Timothy Leary got busted and was sent to jail, as is fitting and proper for what our honest and insightful President Nixon described as “the most dangerous man in America.”
And as perhaps you know, Leary escaped from the jail. Some accounts mentioned levitation, but probably you don’t believe that. In fact, probably you were wondering how he escaped, really. You were, weren’t you? Wondering?
Well, it’s very simple …
As perhaps you are aware, prisons nowadays are very scientific, and they use psychological tests, for example to help them determine how trustworthy some incarcerated prisoner is likely to be. To determine how likely they are to escape, for example.
In Leary’s case, as per their normal procedure, they gave him such a test.
But of course you should remember that Leary was a psychologist, and in fact the initial LSD experiments he and Richard Alpert made were with prison inmates, so Leary knew a bit about prisons.
And of course, it helped tremendously that, 20 years earlier, Leary was in fact the psychologist who had written the test they gave him.
So, just as you or I would have done, he filled in the answers appropriate for a guy who wouldn’t try to escape, and therefore they trusted him, so later he just walked away.
So much easier than levitation, don’t you think?