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Erik Davis is the author of Techgnosis: Myth, Magic & Mystery in the Age of Information. As a freelance journalist, his articles and interviews have appeared in Wired, The Village Voice, Gnosis, and other publications. He currently pens “The Posthuman Condition” column for Feed magazine and he has lectured internationally on the topics of techno-culture, visionary drugs, and the fringes of religion.

Earth Erowid co-created The Vaults of Erowid in 1996. For five years this non-commercial site has collected high-quality data and published original research on the topics of visionary plants and drugs. The site currently receives over 250,000 unique visitors per month and has over 7,000 public documents and over 2,500 images. Earth has written and edited hundreds of documents published online and his writing has also appeared in print publications such as The Resonance Project and The Entheogen Review.

Fire Erowid co-created The Vaults of Erowid in 1996 (see description above). She has been the primary designer and chief editor of the Erowid site since its inception. Fire has innovated and developed drug information designs and language that have been emulated throughout the net. Her work can be found in newspapers, books, school education programs, college classes, and professional seminars around the world. Her well-referenced article “70 Common Drug Myths,” which appeared in The Resonance Project, exemplifies the dedication to straight-forward, factual information that has become the hallmark of the Erowid web site.

James Fadiman, Ph.D. has been involved in both teaching and facilitating creative problem-solving with and without psychedelics for more than three decades. His experience ranges from early experimentation with Ram Dass and Tim Leary at Harvard to government-sanctioned legal research with Myron Stolaroff and Willis Harman at Stanford. He co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where he now teaches, is the co-author of Essential Sufism, and has just released a novel, The Other Side of Haight.

Amanda Feilding (Lady Neidpath), created The Foundation to Further Consciousness and is the founder of The Trepanation Trust. Feilding believes that an increase in the brain’s blood supply may underlie changes in consciousness, and that low doses of psychedelics can be used to enhance cognitive functioning. She also believes that trepanation (drilling a small hole in the skull) can alter the brain’s blood supply, increase brain metabolism, and may be useful in the treatment of various disorders. Feilding performed a self-trepanation in 1970, and has since been at the forefront of modern research into this ancient technology.

Lawrence Hagerty is a writer, keynote speaker, and Internet /e-Commerce consultant, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of Houston. Larry has had an eclectic career including sailing instructor, Naval officer, hot air balloon pilot, engineer, lawyer, and motivational speaker. He has worked with small businesses and Fortune 100 companies. His book, The Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness, won First Prize in the non-fiction category at the Independent e-Book Awards and has been making waves in the “entheogen community,” due to its embracing of psychedelic thinking.

Jon Hanna is a free-lance writer, editor, and graphic artist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art, and has written for High Times, The Resonance Project, Morbid Curiosity, and has a regular column titled “Sources” in The Entheogen Review. He is the author of the third edition of the Psychedelic Resource List, and recent editing projects included the book Ketamine: Dreams and Realities by Dr. Karl Jansen, the book The Spirit of the Internet by Lawrence Hagerty, and a guest co-editing stint (with Sylvia Thyssen) for a special issue of the MAPS Bulletin that focused on the intersection of psychedelics and creativity. Jon produced Mind States II and in 1997, along with Will Beifuss and Richard Glen Boire, Hanna produced the first Mind States conference.

Clark Heinrich is the author of Strange Fruit: Alchemy, Religion and Magical Food—A Speculative History and co-author (with Carl Ruck and Blaise Staples) of the recent book The Apples of Apollo: Pagan and Christian Mysteries of the Eucharist. He is one of the foremost living researchers on the Amanita muscaria mushroom, from both historical and psychonautical perspectives. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as the German Integration and the Italian Eleusis, and he is on the board of directors for the forthcoming biannual English publication Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality.

Michael Horowitz is co-director (with Cynthia Palmer) of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library (the nation’s largest psychoactive drug library), and co-editor (also with Palmer) of Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Writings on Psychedelics and Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including High Times, Integration, and Robert Forte’s festschrift for Timothy Leary titled Outside Looking In. Horowitz was Leary’s archivist, and in 1988 he published An Annotated Bibliography of Timothy Leary. Horowitz also operates Flashback Books, a rare book venture geared towards drug titles.

Laura Huxley was an accomplished concert violinist in her youth. She later produced documentary films, played in a major Symphony Orchestra, was assistant film editor at RKO, and studied health, nutrition, and psychology. She worked as a psychological counselor, a lecturer, and a seminarist in the human potential movement. In 1956 she married Aldous Huxley, and together they explored ways of opening the mind to new levels of consciousness. After his death in 1963, Laura wrote This Timeless Moment, a book describing her life with her husband, and she later penned You Are Not the Target, Between Heaven and Earth, Oneaday Reason to be Happy, and The Child of Your Dreams (with co-author Piero Ferrucci). In 1977 she founded Our Ultimate Investment (OUI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing of the possible human, and in April 1994 in Los Angeles, Laura's Foundation sponsored the highly successful four-day Conference entitled, Children: Our Ultimate Investment. This event honoring the centenary of the birth of Aldous Huxley addressed the issues of children's conditions in our present society. Laura has received widespread recognition for her humanistic achievements, which include an Honorary doctor of Human Services from Sierra University, Honoree of the United Nations, Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Preventics, and Honoree of the World Health Foundation for Development and Peace, from which she received the Peace Prize in 1990.

Karl Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the world’s leading expert on ketamine. He has studied ketamine at every level: from photographing the receptors to which ketamine binds in the human brain, to publishing numerous papers on his discovery of the similarities between ketamine’s psychoactive effect and the near-death experience. His writing has appeared in over 30 medical journals and popular magazines. Jansen’s recent book, Ketamine: Dreams and Realities, is a tour de force, and the authoritative tome on the subject. Dr. Jansen is currently a practicing psychiatrist in New Zealand.

James Kent is a writer, programmer, DJ, publisher, and underground media specialist living in Seattle, Washington. He is the Publisher at Large for TRP: The Resonance Project, which will relaunch in the summer of 2001; is the former Editor of Psychedelic Illuminations magazine; is Chief Archivist for the Shaman Cancer Research Institute, an organization dedicated to the collection and propagation of anecdotes, information, and protocols relating to the treatment of cancer and chronic viral infection through traditional shamanic methods; DJs and produces House and Downtempo music under the name Genetic Imperative; and programs Resonant Radio—a 24-hour Internet broadcast featuring only the best in underground psychedelic music, sponsored by Radio Free SLAM.

Stephen Kent is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has become one of the most acclaimed didjeridu players on the contemporary global music scene. Kent grew up in Britain and East Africa, and learned to play didjeridu while working in Australia during the early ’80s as musical director of Circus Oz. After spending time among Aborigines in the Northern Territory, the didjeridu became a focal part of his music. He has performed in the groups Lights in a Fat City, Trance Mission, The Beasts of Paradise, and Megadrums, as well as with Steve Roach, Kenneth Newby, and Terence McKenna. Kent also programs a weekly World Music radio show.

Jean Millay, Ph.D., taught parapsychology for eight years, served as president of the Parapsychology Research Group, and was an editor/contributor to Silver Threads: Twenty-five Years of Parapsychology Research. Her new book, Multidimensional Mind: Remote Viewing in Hyperspace, focuses on her 30 years of research into psi phenomena, hypnosis, trance states, channeling, shamanism, and the EEG effects of entrainment with lights, sound, and chemistry. She and Dr. Tim Scully created the Brain-wave Biofeedback Light Sculpture—the impetus for her research on the effects of brainwave synchronization. Her movie, The Psychedelic Experience, won a film festival prize in 1965.

Cynthia Palmer is co-director (with Michael Horowitz) of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library (the nation’s largest psychoactive drug library), and co-editor (also with Horowitz) of Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Writings on Psychedelics and Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience.

Dale Pendell is a poet, software engineer, and long-time student of ethnobotany. His poetry has appeared in many journals, and he was the founding editor of KUKSU: Journal of Backcountry Writing. He has led workshops on ethnobotany and ethnopoetics for the Naropa Institute and the Botanical Preservation Corps. Pendell is the author of the books Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft and Living With Barbarians: A Few Plant Poems. He will soon release the much-anticipated second volume of his plantastic trilogy, Pharmako/Dynamis: A Guide for Adepts of the Poison Path—Excitantia and Empathogenica.

Mark Pesce is the Faculty Master at Annenberg House, University of Southern California, and was the founding Chair of the Interactive Media Program at the USC’s School of Cinema-Television. He is also the co-creator of Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), which distributes three-dimensional scenes over the web. Pesce’s writing has appeared in Wired, Feed, and Salon, and he has written several books, including VRML: Browsing and Building Cyberspace and VRML: Flying Through the Web (with George Maestri), as well as the recent release The Playful World: How Technology Is Transforming Our Imagination.

Nicholas Sand is an unauthorized chemist and low-profile hero of the psychedelic underground. For the last 4 decades he has been a student of yoga, the Kabballah, meditation, Krishna consciousness, Sufism, aikido, T’ai Chi, and Zen, as well as having studied the teachings Krishnamurti, Milarepa, Ramakrishna, Rajneesh, and other great philosophers. In the early years of psychedelic exploration, Sand was a guide at the Millbrook commune, where thousands of individuals were turned on. From 1996 until late 2000, he was a prisoner of the War on Drugs—first in Canada and then in the USA.

Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, Ph.D., is a pharmacologist and chemist who has synthesized and bioassayed hundreds of psychoactive compounds. He has written the book Controlled Substances: A Chemical & Legal Guide to Federal Drug Laws, and along with his wife Ann, he co-authored the books Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved: A Chemical Love Story (PIHKAL) and the long-anticipated sequel, Tryptamines I Have known and Loved: The Continuation (TIHKAL). He is currently working on a forthcoming book that dabbles in cactus quinoline alkaloids, titled QIHKAL.

Ann Shulgin is a researcher and writer who—for a time, while they were still legal—worked with psychedelics such as MDMA and 2C-B as a lay-therapist. Her unique insight into the beneficial effects that psychedelics can have is invaluable. With her husband Sasha, she has co-authored the books PIHKAL and TIHKAL, and is currently working on a forthcoming book that dabbles in cactus quinoline alkaloids, titled QIHKAL.

Huston Smith is an internationally recognized philosopher and scholar of religion. His book The World’s Religions has sold over 2.5 million copies, and his films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won awards at international film festivals. The latest of Smith’s books are Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals, and Why Religion Matters. His other books include The Purposes of Higher Education, Forgotten Truth, Beyond the Post-Modern Mind, One Nation Under God: The Triumph of the Native American Church, and (with David Griffin) Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology.

Myron Stolaroff is one of the “great elders.” Active in the consciousness community for over 40 years, Stolaroff has published numerous papers relating to psychedelics, as well as two books: Thanatos to Eros: Thirty-five Years of Psychedelic Exploration, which details his own psychedelic explorations, and the recently published book The Secret Chief: Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement. Stolaroff is a strong advocate of developing a meditation practice to deepen and integrate psychedelic experiences, as described in his Journal of Humanistic Psychology paper ”Are Psychedelics Useful in the Practice of Buddhism?“ Myron is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Albert Hofmann Foundation.

Zoe7 is a multi-dimensional synergy personality cluster who inhabits the body and mind of consciousness researcher, Joseph Marti. (The other five personalities are: Max McCullan, Ebhrious, Jiebro, Kzark Prestidius, and Lee Steel.) His recent book, Into The Void Exploring Consciousness, Hyperspace and Beyond Using Brain Technology, Psychedelics and Altered-Mind States, depicts Marti’s experiments with mind machines, entheogens, and psychological time travel, how the Zoe7 cluster came to be, as well as new theories on parallel universes and probable Earths, the mechanics of reality and existence, and the mind of God.

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