John Michael Greer is an American author, independent scholar, historian of ideas, cultural critic, Neo-druid leader, Hermeticist, environmentalist/conservationist, blogger, novelist, and occultist/esotericist. His first book, Paths of Wisdom, a study of the Golden Dawn system of Qabalah, was published in 1996. Greer has since written, edited, and/or translated 26 books on spiritually related topics, including his recent "Apocalyse Not" which he'll talk about on this show, demonstrating how history has proven that apocalyptic and revolutionary notions such as the Rapture and the Singularity will never happen, but can be used to control the masses. Raised in a nonreligious family, Greer graduated from Western Washington University in 1983, and from the University of Washington with an B.A. in the Comparative History of Ideas in 1993. He currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, a position he has held since 2002, and is fluent in Latin and medieval French. Greer also studies and practices various forms of Asian mysticism, Tarot, sacred geometry, and similarly esoteric practices; he is one of 21st Century America's most noted occultists and has appeared on Coast to Coast. Some of his more recent books include Natural Magic: Potions and Powers from the Magical Garden, The Secret of hte Lost Symbol, and Inside a Magical Lodge. He has written articles for Renaissance Magazine, Golden Dawn Journal, Mezlim, New Moon Rising, Gnosis, and Alexandria.