The Psychedelic era refers to the time of social, musical and artistic change influenced by psychedelic drugs, generally described as occurring during the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. Some consider the psychedelic era to be more tightly limited to the years of 1965-1969. Psychedelic drug use encouraged unity, the breaking down of boundaries, the heightening of political awareness, empathy with others, and the questioning of authority.
Writers who explored the potentials of consciousness exploration in the psychedlic era included Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Ram Dass among others; an important journal of the time was The Psychedelic Review.
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