American journalist, banker, and writer. Founder of the science of ethnomycology (the study of mushrooms and culture). Coiner of the word "entheogen". Author of the book Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality which asserts that the Soma of the Rg Veda was derived from the mushroom Amanita Muscaria.

With Carl Ruck and Albert Hoffman, wrote the book The Road to Eleusis which claims that the visions experienced by initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries were caused by LSD from ergot.

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