Stolaroff, born in Roswell, New Mexico, August 20,
1920, completed his education at Stanford University with a Masters Degree
in Electrical Engineering. The
bulk of his industrial career was spent with Ampex Corporation, a leading
manufacturer of magnetic recording equipment and producer of the first
successful video recorder. Here
he reached the position of Assistant
to the President in charge of Long Range Planning.
This position provided the broad perspective of the technical world
which permitted him to declare, after his first experience with LSD in
1956, that LSD was the most important discovery of mankind.
He consequently made the decision to devote his primary energy to
discovering and exploring the potential of psychedelic substances.
In 1961 he founded the International Foundation for
Advanced Study in Menlo Park, California, where research with LSD and
mescaline was conducted for 3-1/2 years, processing some 350 subjects and
resulting in six professional papers, including a landmark investigation
of the application of psychedelics to creativity.
The FDA revoked all permits for research with psychedelics in 1965.
However, a number of compounds became available after 1970 that
were unscheduled, permitting additional research to be done with a variety
of phenethylamines until the Controlled Substance Analogue Act of 1986 was
passed. Since that time he
has been studying how the knowledge of psychedelics can be employed to
deepen meditation practice and achieve personal realization.
Myron is the author of two books:
Thanatos to Eros:
Thirty-five Years of Psychedelic Exploration. Berlin: VWB—Verlag
für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1994.
The Secret Chief:
Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy
North Carolina: MAPS, 1997.
His published papers include:
Using Psychedelics Wisely. Gnosis, a Journal of
the Western Inner Traditions, No.
26, Winter 1993:26-30.
With Charles Wm. Wells:
Preliminary Results with New Psychoactive Agents 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7.
Yearbook for Ethnomedicine
and the Study of Consciousness, Issue 2, 1993.
Christian Rätsch, Editor.
Are Psychedelics Useful in the Practice of Buddhism?
Journal of Humanistic Psychology.
Vol. 39, No. 1, pp 60 - 80.
Myron joined the
CCLE's Board of Advisors in 2000.
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