Don Lattin, a former journalist, is author of Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge; Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today; The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America; Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy; and Distilled Spirits: Getting High, and then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk.
Here he describes the extraordinary friendship of three seminal figures: Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception; Gerald Heard, author of The Five Ages of Man; and Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the early 1950s, these individuals were among the first to explore the potential of psychedelic drugs (mescaline, psilocybin, and LSD) as a tool for spiritual and psychological breakthroughs.
(Recorded on February 10, 2021)
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Published on February 26, 2021