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Professor Lettvin Tuned In


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Professor Lettvin Tuned In
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Taped and aired one week following the "LSD: Lettvin vs. Leary" program, Dr. Jerome Lettvin speaks to a live audience (of predominately high school and college students) in Studio A further explaining his position on "dropping out." Lettvin begins by addressing two perceptions that resulted from the prior program. Citing production editing of the final program, Lettvin sets out to first dispel the notion that he verbally attacked Timothy Leary. Lettvin apologizes to Leary and states that in fact he and Leary are friends. Secondly, Lettvin acknowledges that while he promised in the prior debate to limit his remarks to those concerning issues of morality relative to "dropping out" or "disengaging", he in fact did not adequately discuss morals. thus he sets out to further explain the basis for his beliefs on the matter.

Lettvin’s thesis is centered around his notion that: "dropping out, taking pot, suspending your judgment, is selling out, literally, to whatever scoundrels want to take advantage of the world as it is now."

After fifteen minutes of opening remarks, Lettvin takes questions, and telephone calls, from a somewhat adversarial audience. Color, 1967.

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Chicago: “Professor Lettvin Tuned In,” 11/30/1967, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3B625E8250B3446EBE21EFC8C0A1B198.
MLA: “Professor Lettvin Tuned In.” 11/30/1967. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3B625E8250B3446EBE21EFC8C0A1B198>.
APA: Professor Lettvin Tuned In. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_3B625E8250B3446EBE21EFC8C0A1B198
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