David Kaiser,W. Patrick McCray's Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American PDF

By David Kaiser,W. Patrick McCray

In his 1969 e-book The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Roszak defined the formative years of the overdue Sixties as fleeing technological know-how “as if from a spot inhabited by way of plague,” or even looking “subversion of the clinical worldview” itself. Roszak’s view has emerge as our personal: once we reflect on the early life circulation of the Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, we expect of a circulation that was once explicitly anti-scientific in its embody of different spiritualities and communal living.


Such a view is way too basic, ignoring the various ways that the era’s countercultures expressed enthusiasm for and concerned themselves in science—of a undeniable kind. Rejecting hulking, militarized technical tasks like chilly conflict missiles and mainframes, Boomers and hippies sought a technological know-how that was once either small-scale and big-picture, as exemplified via the yearly workshops on quantum physics on the Esalen Institute in mammoth Sur, or Timothy Leary’s championing of area exploration because the final “high.” Groovy Science explores the experimentation and eclecticism that marked countercultural technology and expertise in the course of the most colourful sessions of yankee history.

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