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Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of PsychedelicsInterviews with fourteen pioneers in psychedelic research.
JamesFadiman, Albert Hofmann, MyronStolaroff, Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin, Ann Shulgin, BettyEisner, Gary Fisher, StanislavGrof, Peter T. Furst, MichaelHarner, Laura Archera Huxley, RamDass, Huston Smith, GaryBravo
From the publisher SUNY Press (State University of New York Press):Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century psychedelics haverumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture, titillating the media,fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging politicians, and intriguingresearchers. Not surprisingly, these curious chemicals fascinated some of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century, fourteen of whom were interviewed for this book. . . . This is an important book, not only as a valuable historical document, but as a reminder of the remarkable promise and peril of what arebroadly called psychedelics. The fact is—apart from all the government oppression at one end to the hippie hype at the other—psychedelics are a profound doorway into areas of the psyche rarely glimpsed otherwise, and thus,at the very least, are important psychological research tools.
"This is an inspiring and important record, one of courageous explorers and amazing stories describing a critical chapter in the transformation of human consciousness.""Brimming with the distilled experiences and perspectives of the firstgeneration of Western psychedelic investigators, this is a terrifically rich resource for anyone interested in these unique, mind-altering substances."
— Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through
the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
— Rick Strassman, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
"This is a very welcome addition to the reexamination of the constructivepotentials of psychedelics in society. The book presents a remarkably balancedsurvey of some of the key issues raised by experiences with these substances—issueslike the nature of ultimate reality, how to handle expansions of consciousness,how to raise children, how to deal with social pathologies. None of the explorerssuggest psychedelics are an answer to these problems; rather, they seem to agree,psychedelics stimulate us to ask questions in a new way, to explore with consciousintention, to see from a wider perspective."
— Ralph Metzner, author of The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience
Roger Walsh, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. His writing and research have received more than two dozen national awards and his books include Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind; The Spirit of Shamanism; and (with Frances Vaughan) Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision.
Charles S. Grob, MD is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Grob is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader and is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which is devoted to fostering and funding research on psychedelics.
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