Graham Hancock, the author of seminal books like Fingerprints of the Gods, Underworld & Supernatural, has turned himself into a spokesman for the benefits entheogens can provide, as tools of therapeutic insight & the expansion of human consciousness --and for that he's been blacklisted as a pariah among many academic circles, especially the ones who support the so-called Materialistic scientific paradigm.
Richard Dawkins, who became a celebrity in the nu-atheist movement thanks to the popularity of his book The God Delusion, has been the subject of Hancock's most recent entry on his Facebook account: Not so long ago he asked Dawkins in public if he had ever tried any sort of psychedelic substance in the past, and if not whether he'd consider doing so as a challenge to his personal concept of reality.
Dawkins picked up the gauntlet in a rather cautionary way, and expressed his interest of one day trying either mescaline or LSD --provided it was done under proper medical supervision, with enough guarantees that his brain would not be permanently harmed by the experience.
So now Hancock has pointed out to this recent appearance of Dawkins on Cannes, and wonders out loud whether the coiner of the term 'meme' has actually given his first step down the rabbit hole --skip to 4:45 for the WTF moment...
So what do you think? Has Dawkins finally accepted the challenge to expand his own consciousness through the use of entheogens, or is he simply hijacking the psychedelic imagery in order to appeal to a trendy audience?