Robert Forte is a scholar and researcher of psychedelic drugs. He first studied with Frank Barron, who started the Psilocybin Project at Harvard with Timothy Leary in 1963. In 1981 he moved to Esalen to study with Stanislav Grof, then attended the Divinity School, University of Chicago. During this time Forte conducted independent investigation of MDMA. Robert continued his studies underground for several years before becoming a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991. He became a director of the Albert Hofmann Foundation in 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he spent a lot of time with Dr. Timothy Leary while working on his next book, Timothy Leary, Outside Looking In, (also published in Czech by Volfox Globator). From 2003 – 2009 Robert investigated the effects of ayahuasca on cancer patients in Peru. Currently adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is the editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion.
Psychedelic Drugs: Sacred and Profane
Psychedelic drugs have been used in many different ways since the beginning of civilization. Since their re-introduction into the modern world in the 1950’s psychedelics have been used to temporarily cause psychosis, to explore the mind, control the mind, heal the mind, and for philosophical, religious, creative, and recreational ecstasy. This presentation will discuss the use of psychedelics for social engineering. While the modern psychedelic renaissance focuses almost exclusively on the positive merits of the psychedelic experience. we are not getting the whole picture, unless we recognize how these drugs have been weaponized by secret agencies in the past, and how that social engineering may effect us still, in the post 9/11 world.