Jordan Gruber, founder of Enlightenmnet.com, interviews Dr. James Fadiman, author of the book The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys Paperback (2011), transpersonal psychologist, noeticist, generalist, visionary, and renaissance man.
He co-founded along with Robert Frager the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology which later became Sofia University (California), where he is a lecturer in psychedelic studies. Fadiman was part of the team in the Psychedelics in problem-solving experiment which was abruptly halted in 1966. He was a president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. He was also a Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Fadiman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Master's Degree and a doctorate (both in psychology) from Stanford University. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Fadiman
He was an editor of the 1998 book Essential Sufism, still considered one of the best comparitive introductions to sufism and it's ideas.
In this video, Jim discusses his complex personal history, and describes himself as a "disciple of William James" (the father of modern psychological research - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_james ) and pragmatism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pragmatism. He mentions "the drug war which disn't work, which only made things worse", and the american tradition of political anti-pragmatism.
As the clip ends, the interview introduces the topics of enlightenment, self-actualization, the new age, and "what works".