Yeah, I completed the work Sacred Cacti and had it in people's hands before Verne started Sacred Cacti/Sacred Cactus.com. Much of the creation of the Trout's Snout page actually directly involves that rather than the San Pedro book.
Sacred Cacti was published by Narayan in a perfect bound format in 1997 but it had begun its circulation in a GBC binding in late 1995.
Initially he had Sacredcactus.com. When he noticed I had a book out titled Sacred Cacti he wrote me to demand I change the title or cease selling it as he believed his ownership of the domain name Sacred Cactus somehow meant he owned the phrase. I think that occured in 1999 (just after the release of the second edition when I put notice of its availability online) but I don't recall the exact date of his letter to me this long after the fact.
I wrote back to tell him he owned a domain and sold plants whereas I wrote about plants and sold books. I also pointed out my phrase was Sacred Cacti as I wrote about more than the single cactus that he then sold. That MIGHT be why he also purchased the domain sacredcacti.com but my telling him that he could stuff it was likely the motivation for his trashing of me.
When San Pedro came out he used that as a vehicle to attack me and attempted to trash my reputation. Its no doubt worked for those who are newbies and have no adequate background to assess the larger picture.
I'd invite anyone to read his comments carefully and look at the wealth of lies and wrong info they include. I also invite them to look at how many other people actually agree with Verne and then look at the opinions expressed about my work by people with names many will recognize including Sasha Shulgin, Jonathan Ott, Dale Pendell, Johnny Appleseed, Carlos Ostolaza, Dennis McKenna, Bob Wallace, Rick Strassman, Otto Snow, Mulga, Daniel Siebert, Jon Hanna, Leo Mercado and Giorgia Samorini. [See assorted quotes at http://www.accuratei...m/comments.htm]
Or ask anyone who actually read the material. Its clear from the guy's words he either did not read the work before posting that hate-filled attack he calls a book review or that he had ulterior motivations in mind.
I've completely avoided having any contact with him outside of that letter I mailed.
Also, I'm neither a sage or a fake.
I'm just another human trying to make some sense out things as best as I can, a process that often will include some errors and false starts. Which is also true for anyone else due to the nature of this particular beast.
Whenever I find I'm in error I'm happy both to correct that and to own my mistakes.
Sasha put it best when commenting that I had two choices -- being comprehensive or being accurate, but not both.
Edited by trucha, 19 December 2012 - 09:13 AM.