"In the conference's closing session, [Daniel] Pinchbeck suggested that the current renaissance in psychedelic culture came about because Saturn was at right angles to Pluto. And when one audience member asked who doubted the "official 9/11 story," more than half the crowd raised their hands. Forte then began spouting a mix of 9/11 conspiracy theory and erroneous Holocaust history -- and confessed that Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the effects of LSD in 1943, had told him shortly before his death that he thought the Jews had been behind the attacks."
The Trans-Spirit message board posted the article and set off a little discussion. I had asked how the rest of the audience responded to
these kind of claims? I asked: Is their a kind of polite acceptance that no
matter how outrageous the claims (eg. Saturn at right angles and
Jewish conspiracy theories) everyone at these things has to be nice to
each other? Don't the serious scientists and researchers protest?
The article, and others like it, always tend to equalize everything,
but put some of these people in the same room as a creationist or an
ID proponent and they would not stand for it. But literal belief in
the phases of the planets affecting human destiny are left standing...
I like Pinchbeck and I am interested in the work he does, and of course Robert Forte is an important figure