Graham Hancock: Author, Theorist, Psychedelic Advocate

This article was originally published on Reality Sandwich, and appears here with permission.

The human race is at a major epoch in modern history. A time where the open and inquisitive mind is not only encouraged but vital to our evolution. Graham Hancock is a modern-day pioneer for such thinking.

“I believe we are a species with amnesia, I think we have forgotten our roots and our origins. I think we are quite lost in many ways. And we live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. A society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep so that we are just passive consumers or products and not really asking any of the questions.”

– Graham Hancock


Graham Hancock is an author, researcher, and historian. He is a leader in the modern inquisition movement through his unconventional theories of ancient civilizations. This article provides a focused lens on Hancock’s theories of psychedelics and the role they played in ancient civilization.

“Human history has become too much a matter of dogma taught by ‘professionals’ in ivory towers as though it’s all fact. Actually, much of human history is up for grabs. The further back you go, the more that the history that’s taught in the schools and universities begins to look like some kind of faerie story.”

– Graham Hancock

Early Life and Education

Hancock was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was a surgeon in India, where Hancock spent most of his childhood. In his early adulthood, he attended Durham University in northern England. He graduated in 1973 with First Class Honours in Sociology. Post-graduation, he wrote for many of Britain’s leading newspapers. This included The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Guardian. Other early-career landmarks include co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and East Africa correspondent of The Economist from 1976-1983.


In the early 80’s Hancock’s writing career took a turn in the direction of books. He shifted his focus to speculative connections between various archaeological, historical, and cross-cultural phenomena. By 1990 he had authored and co-authored over six books predominantly based on pseudoscientific theories.

Pseudoscientific Theories

Pseudoscience consists of statements, beliefs, or practices claimed to be both scientific and factual. However, they are incompatible with the scientific method. Hancock’s most common theories involve ancient civilizations, Earth changes, stone monuments or megaliths. He also studied and theorized on altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical or astrological data from the past.

Hancock’s career had a breakthrough in 1992 with his publication of The Sign and the Seal. This bestselling book opens up the public to the theories, mystique, and whereabouts of The Lost Ark of the Covenant. The press started noticing Hancock for inventing a new genre of ‘an intellectual whodunit by a do-it-yourself sleuth.’ 

Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995, confirmed Hancock’s …

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