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Modern humans must learn how to relate to psychoactives
responsibly, treating them with respect and awareness,
working to minimize harms and maximize benefits, and
integrating use into a healthy, enjoyable, and productive life.
Lorenzo Hagerty
Photo by Jon Hanna, 2003
Lorenzo Hagerty
On set as a stuntman
for the movie Hawaii, circa 1966
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Lorenzo Hagerty
In recent years, Lorenzo Hagerty has spent his time writing, podcasting, blogging, producing a lecture series, speaking at events, and being a grandfather. His professional career is as diverse as they come: attorney, consultant to Fortune 500 companies, electrical engineer, hot air balloon pilot, Internet/Java promotor, motivational speaker, movie stuntman, multimedia software developer, Naval officer, and technical writer. Hagerty was president of Success, Inc., which provided sales training and network marketing courses to other companies, and he founded Dynasty Computer Corporation, which sold home computers even before IBM did. He is an active member of the international corporation DigitalSpace, which designs virtual worlds for industrial engineering, education, and the public good.

Hagerty is perhaps best known as the congenial host of the Psychedelic Salon, a regular podcast series showcasing interviews, lectures, and assorted additional audio sources that feature some of the brightest, most creative individuals from the community of folks interested in psychoactives. He is the organizer of the Palenque Norte theme camp at Burning Man, dedicated to translocating the vibe from the Entheobotany seminars at the Chan Kah hotel in Mexico onto the dusty realm of Black Rock City. His Playalogues have featured speakers such as Rafael Aisner, Matthew Baggott, Sheelo Bohm, Preet Chopra, Bruce Damer, Alicia Danforth, Erik Davis, Rick Doblin, Amanda Feilding, John Gilmore, George Greer, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Zena Grey, Jon Hanna, Charles Hayes, Martina Hoffmann, Rob Kampia, Sandra Karpetas, Seabrook Leaf, Annie Mithoefer, Michael Mithoefer, Valerie Mojeiko, Ethan Nadelmann, Sheldon Norberg, James Oroc, Matthew Pallamary, Daniel Pinchbeck, Mark Pesce, Dale Pendell, Nick Sand, Andrew Sewell, Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin, Robert Venosa, and others.

Hagerty is author of the book The Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness, as well as The Genesis Generation, available in both audio book and e-book formats. In 2012, along with Bruce Damer, Hagerty produced a series of events celebrating the life and ideas of their friend Terence McKenna.

Author of (Book Reviews)
  • Book Reviews on Erowid
  • Video
  • Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate, a documentary on Hagerty.