Most of the world knows Timothy Leary as the “drug guru” who encouraged people to “turn on, tune in, drop out” in the 1960s. But he was also an early advocate for transhumanism.
According to wikipedia:
He wrote and spoke frequently about transhumanist concepts and . . . adopted the acronym SMI2LE as a succinct summary of the pre-transhumanist agenda: SM (Space Migration) + I2 (Intelligence increase) + LE (Life Extension).
According to his biographer R. U. Sirius (no I’m not making this up):
Leary emerged from prison in 1976 as one of the advocates for advances in the human condition that would soon be called transhumanism. At that point in time, you could probably have counted the number of proto-humanists with a voice in the world on the fingers of one hand.
And Surius continues:
Leading transhumanists [today] rarely acknowledge that Leary defined the movement with precision [back in the 1970s].
Timothy is one of the many skeletons in the transhumanist closet.