In his efforts to study, explore and understand the levels of human consciousness, Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary ingests psilocybin mushrooms for the first time during a visit to Mexico. He later wrote, "I was whirled through an experience which could be described in many extravagant metaphors but which was above all and without question the deepest religious experience of my life." Upon his return to Harvard, he would establish the Harvard Psilocybin Project.
* Short biography: @
* Timothy Leary Archives: @
* New Yorker article: @
* "Seeking the Magic Mushroom" (1957 article by R. Gordon Wasson, published in Life magazine): @
* "The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation" (published by Leary in The Psychedelic Review): @
* Watch "Timothy Leary -- The Man Who Turned On America" (BBC documentary): @