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Psychedelic era

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.[1] Some consider the psychedelic era to be more tightly limited to the years of 1965-1969.[2] Psychedelic drug use encouraged unity, the breaking down of boundaries, the heightening of political awareness, empathy with others, and the questioning of authority.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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  1. ^ Pendergast, Sara; Tom Pendergast (2000). St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. St. James Press. p. 129. 
  2. ^ Henke, James; Parke Puterbaugh, Charles Perry, Barry Miles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1997). I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era, 1965-1969. Chronicle Books LLC. ISBN 0-8118-1725-3. 
  3. ^ Leary, Timothy; Metzner, Ralph; Weil, Gunther M., eds. (1993). The Psychedelic Reader: Classic Selections from the Psychedelic Review<span />. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-1451-5. 

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