The James Fadiman

About Jim

Born in May of 1939, I received a B.A. from Harvard in Social Relations in 1960. I then received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University, in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

In the last forty years I have held a wide variety of teaching, consulting, training, counseling, editorial, and other positions. If you are interested in what I have done, then please feel free to download a copy of my curriculum vitae (HTML, Word, and PDF versions available), up to date through 2003). The Teaching/Workshops and Consulting sections of this website will speak to some of my more current activities in those areas.

I have also managed to stay busy over the years with a wide variety of writing and artistic projects. You can see a listing of my books, articles, films, etc., in my curriculum vitae, and read more about my writings in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Other Writings sections of this website, as well as more about my current love, Photography. And speaking of love, I'd also like to invite you to take a look at the section of this website devoted (as I am) to my wife, Dorothy Fadiman, an exceptional filmmaker (and human being).

To close out this section of the website, here are some FUN FACTS about me:

  • * Dr. Willis Harmon (former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences) and I gave the third seminar that was offered, and the first seminar that anyone ever attended, at Esalen.

    I was introduced to psychedelics when I was living in Paris and was visited by my undergraduate advisor, Richard Alpert (Ram Das), who was on his way to Copenhagen with Tim Leary and Aldous Huxley for the first major presentation about the positive potentials of psychedelics at an international conference.

    * In spite of never having had a course in engineering, I taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University for 8 years.

    * I had a regular full-time job for one year of my life (and it only lasted 9 months): filling in for Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University after he and I met in the baths at Esalen.

    * For the past 5 years I have lived at least part of every day in 12th century France.

    * I was cited by the American Psychology Association's ethics committee for a course I gave on weight loss.

If the materials on this website along with my curriculum vitae still leave you wanting to know more about me, you can read an in-depth interview with me on Enlightenment.Com. Another on-line interview, "Encounters with Sex, Drugs, and Activists," is available from On the Page magazine.