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Groovy science : knowledge, innovation, and American counterculture

Author: David Kaiser; Patrick McCray
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his 1969 book The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Roszak described the youth of the time as fleeing science "as if from a place inhabited by plague" and even seeking "subversion of the scientific worldview" itself. Roszak's view has persisted: the counterculture is popularly regarded as a movement that was explicitly antiscientific in its embrace of alternative spiritualities and communal living. Such a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Kaiser; Patrick McCray
ISBN: 9780226372884 022637288X 9780226372914 022637291X 022637307X 9780226373072
OCLC Number: 926105986
Description: vi, 426 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray --
Part one. Conversion. Adult swim : how John C. Lilly got groovy (and took the dolphin with him), 1958-1968 / D. Graham Burnett --
Blowing foam and blowing minds : better surfing through chemistry / Peter Neushul and Peter Westwick --
Santa Barbara physicists in the Vietnam era / Cyrus C.M. Mody --
Part two. Seeking. Between the counterculture and the corporation : Abraham Maslow and humanistic psychology in the 1960s / Nadine Weidman --
A quest for permanence : the ecological visioneering of John Todd and the new Alchemy Institute / Henry Trim --
The little manual that started a revolution : how hippie midwifery became mainstream / Wendy Kline --
Part three. Personae. The unseasonable grooviness of Immanuel Velikovsky / Michael D. Gordin --
Timothy Leary's transhumanist SMI²LE / W. Patrick McCray --
Science of the sexy beast : biological masculinities and the Playboy lifestyle / Erika Lorraine Milam --
Part four. Legacies. Alloyed : countercultural bricoleurs and the design science revival / Andrew Kirk --
How the industrial scientist got his groove : entrepreneurial journalism and the fashioning of technoscientific innovators / Matthew Wisnioski --
When chèvre was weird : hippie taste, technoscience, and the revival of American artisanal food making / Heather Paxson --
Afterword : the counterculture's looking glass / David Farber and Beth Bailey.
Responsibility: David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray, editors.

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"In his 1969 book The Making of a Counterculture, Theodore Roszak described the youth of the time as fleeing science "as if from a place inhabited by plague" and even seeking "subversion of the scientific worldview" itself. Roszak's view has persisted: the counterculture is popularly regarded as a movement that was explicitly antiscientific in its embrace of alternative spiritualities and communal living. Such a view is too simple, ignoring the diverse ways in which the era's countercultures expressed enthusiasm for and involved themselves in science--but of a certain type. Rejecting hulking, militarized technical projects like Cold War missiles and mainframes, baby boomers and hippies alike sought a science that was both small-scale and big-picture, as exemplified by the annual workshops on quantum physics at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, or Timothy Leary's championing of space exploration as the ultimate "high." Groovy Science explores the experimentation and eclecticism that marked countercultural science and technology during one of the most colorful periods of American history."--Page 4 of cover.

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