Huston Smith was a religious studies scholar and Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Syracuse University. Holder of twelve honorary degrees, Smith’s fourteen books include The World’s Religions which has sold over two million copies and remains a popular introduction to comparative religion.
James Fadiman, PhD, (Stanford) taught in psychology departments, design engineering, and at Sofia University. While running his own consulting firm, he has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, and videos (for PBS). His book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys, includes his past and current research.
Ram Dass was born Richard Alpert and is a spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. While at Harvard in the 1960’s, Alpert’s explorations of human consciousness led him to collaborate with Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg and others in pursuing research with psychedelics.
Stanislav Grof is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the author of over 150 papers in professional journals and many books including Beyond the Brain, LSD Psychotherapy, and Psychology of the Future.