Psychedelic PioneerswithDon Lattin

Books Mentioned In This Interview

don lattin jesus freaks: a true story of murder and madness on the evangelical edge don lattin following our bliss: how the spiritual ideals of the sixties shape our lives today don lattin 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 don lattin changing our minds: psychedelic sacraments and the new psychotherapy aldous huxley brave new world gerald heard the five ages of man aldous huxley the doors of perception sherrie lyons thomas henry huxley gerald heard the source of civilization gerald heard the riddle of the flying saucers alison falby between the pigeonholes gerald heard dromenon michael murphy the future of the body jeffrey kripal esalen huston smith the world's religions william james varieties of religious experience henry david thoreau walden ralph waldo emerson self-reliance gardner murphy william james on psychical research camille flammarion death and its mystery swami vivekananda meditation and its methods sri ramakrishna the gospel according to sri ramakrishna christopher isherwood how to know god humphrey osmond psychedelics humphrey osmond how to live with schizophrenia huston smith cleansing the doors of perception oscar janiger lsd spirituality and the creative process ian mccabe carl jung and alcoholics anonymous aldous huxley heaven and hell laura huxley this timeless moment aldous huxley island timothy leary the psychedelic experience

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)


Published on February 26, 2021


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