New RBC poster: Bob Jesse

What’s an electrical engineer and former Oracle VP doing studying mystical experience?

In the next day or so, I hope to see the first post by our newest collaborator, Bob Jesse. He’s one of the smartest, sanest, most decent, most focused people I’ve ever known.

Back in 1994, he left Oracle (where he had been a VP for business development; he’s an electrical engineer by training) to organize the Council on Spiritual Practices, which identifies itself as “a collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people.”

CSP, and Bob in particular, helped design, staff, and support the Hopkins psilocybin research that will be the focus of his first few posts.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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